***Notice: Due to the Rattlesnake Fire, a temporary Closure Order is in effect for Castle Creek Wilderness, Horsethief Basin Recreation Area, and roads and trails in the area. This closure will remain in effect until September 30, 2015 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. Map of Closure Area (1.26 MB PDF) ***
Until further notice, use of a high-clearance vehicle is recommended for those who plan to visit recreation sites in Horsethief Basin.
Area Description: The Crown King area includes the Horsethief Basin Recreation area which offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, and OHV riding.
Notice: Visitors are asked to be alert and stay on existing trails when recreating on Granite Mountain as the area recovers from the Doce Fire of 2013. Soil erosion has occurred on portions of the trails, thus exposing more rock, and cross-country travel increases the possibility of encountering rolling rocks, stump and root holes, falling trees, and loose soils from rains.
Located just outside of Prescott, AZ, Lynx Lake Recreation Area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities including: hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, non-motorized boating, and picnicking.
The Prescott National Forest has eight sites that offer access to the Verde River. Some sites are commonly used to put-in or take-out non-motorized watercraft while others offer picnicking facilities or are popular for wading and fishing.