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

 

Welcome to Prescott National Forestbuilding on our legacy of caring for the land and serving people since 1905Apply for 2016 Seasonal Trail Crew Jobs from February 2 to 8Common Golendeye Female Duck in Lynx Lake with crab in billPronghorn antelope over backdrop of water droplets on a green leafArizona Wildland-Urban Interface and Firewise Summit April 1-2 in PhoenixClick photo for more information on the Invasive Weed of the Quarter: Spotted Knapweed.Click photo for information about free passes for 4th graders and their families.

 

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.

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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.

Spotlights

Prescribed Fire

After 100 years of actively suppressing fire in our forests, the clinical report is in. Our forests are unhealthy and the prescription for getting them back to a healthy state is -- fire.

Southwestern Region Stakeholders Report

Bald Eagle in Flight

Stories featuring Prescott National Forest include our innovative Recreation Strategy on page 7, and the Prescott Cross Boundary Vegetation Management Project on page 4.

 

 




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.

Verde River Guide (7,928 KB PDF)

Please plan ahead, be prepared, and practice Leave No Trace ethics to leave the Verde just as you find it for those who come after.



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