The Prescott National Forest is located in the western center of Arizona.
Where is this Forest?


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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.

Recent News


Fall Colors on the Prescott National Forest

Bright red virginia creeper vines cling to pnderosa pine and oaks

Hike, ride, or drive the Forest's roads and trails this fall and you might be surprised by what you find!

Aldo Leopold 1920 Report on the Prescott National Forest

Historic photo of Horsethief Lake taken in 1920

A historic report witten by Aldo Leopold in 1920 about the condition of the Prescott National Forest and its management.

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Verde River Guide (7,928 KB PDF)

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Southwestern Region Centralized Temporary Hiring

The Southwestern Region is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to work in many fields on 11 national forests located in Arizona and New Mexico.