Welcome to the Prescott National ForestNational Trails Day Trail Work and BBQ at Goldwater Lake May 31 Click photo for more info.Click photo to see Region 3's new music video about Sustainable Recreation!Little girl watching a duck swim in Granite Basin LakeFirefighters burning slash piles near The Ranch housing communityThree hikers enjoy the view from a trail in the Pine Mountain WildernessClick photo to learn more about grants funding Prescott Basin thinning projectsInvasive Weed of the Quarter: Dalmatian Toadflax, Click photo for more information.A bird sits on a branch overlooking the Verde River


Comprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott borders three other National Forests in Arizona: Kaibab, Coconino, and Tonto. Roughly half of the forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains. The other half of the Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.

Portions of the Prescott National Forest today are much the same as they were when Sam Miller panned for gold in Lynx Creek and was wounded by a cougar, or when General Crook's flag fluttered over Palace Station.

At the lowest elevation, the primary vegetation is of the Sonoran Desert type. As the elevation rises, chaparral becomes common, followed by piñon pine and juniper. Above that, Ponderosa pine dominates the landscape.