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

 

Welcome

[Graphic: Image of American flag]FOREST SUPERVISOR: Teresa Chase

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.

Features

Fall Colors Report

Autumn leaves bursting with color against a blue sky

Where can you go to see fall colors?  The Prescott National Forest!

Arizona may not be famous for its fall colors, but there are several spots on the Prescott National Forest that burst with reds, oranges, yellows, and greens as leaves prepare to drop for the winter.  

Visit the Fall Colors Report to see when and where autumn colors are at their peak in: Groom Creek, Crown King and the Horsethief Basin Recreation Area, Mingus Mountain, the Verde River, Spruce Mountain, and Copper Basin.  Get out into the woods this fall and see for yourself!


Bear Safety Presentation

Photo of bear near fire ring in forest

Quick Facts and Tips for coexisting with bears while recreating on national forest lands, What to do if you encounter a bear, Camping and Hiking in Bear country, and more... 


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Spotlights

Doce Fire Recovery: Flora and Fauna

Take a sneak peak into the closure area and see how the flora and fauna began to reappear in burned areas of Granite Mountain; caught on camera between August 1 and September 6, 2013. <...

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.

 




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.

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.