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Welcome to the Prescott National ForestClick on photo for more information about 2015 seasonal jobs on the Prescott National ForestHistoric Photos of the Prescott National Forest, Click photo for more informationBear Safety: Click on the photo for more information Mexican spotted owl Cattle grazing on the Verde Ranger District Fetid Goosefoot during autumn in the Granite Basin Recreation Area Bright red Virginia Creeper vines climb trees in Granite Basin Volunteers in water wearing waders while monitoring fish

 

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.