Prescott National Forest in Arizona

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Prescott National Forest

Lush pine forests and enjoyable year round temperatures invite visitors to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle of the city to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers in the Prescott National Forest.

What can I do and see at Prescott National Forest? 

  • Trails: With over 450 miles of trails, Prescott National Forest attracts nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. The mild year-round temperature is ideal for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV, off roading, climbing, and backpacking. 
  • Water Recreation: Lynx Lake and the Verde River provide perfect oases during the summer months for visitors to enjoy swimming, fishing, rafting, kayaking, and boating. 
  • Camping: Retreat to one of the forest’s 10 campgrounds where you can relax, sleep under the stars, and explore nearby trails.

Where is Prescott National Forest?

Prescott National Forest surrounds the city of Prescott and is bordered by the Kaibab, Tonto, and Coconino National Forest.

To get to Prescott from Sedona, take Hwy 179 south to I-17. Take the I-17 south toward Phoenix, take exit 278 State Hwy 169 toward Prescott. Turn right onto AZ-169, drive for 15 miles then turn right onto AZ-69 to Prescott.

When is Prescott National Forest open?

The speak season is generally from May-October, but most trails, facilities, and recreation sites are open all year round.

How much does Prescott National Forest cost?

A Prescott National Forest Day Pass allows access to any trails and day use sites for 24 hours. Passes are $5, and can be obtained at any of the Prescott National Forest Service Offices.

Rates for extended passes, campgrounds, and RV hookups vary. Visit the US Forest Service website for more information.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

(928) 443-8000