Nature Viewing

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Located in mountainous central Arizona, the Prescott embraces over 1.25 million acres of rugged, scenic landscapes ranging from cactus-studded desert to pine-clad mountains. This variety, coupled with a wide range in elevation (from 3,000 to 8,000 feet), offers outstanding opportunities to view nature all year long. Visit the links above to find places where interpretation of nature is emphasized.  Additionally, the forest's eight Wilderness Areas are special areas where nature flourishes with minimal influence from humans. 

Patient photographers and bird-watchers may catch a glimpse of a peregrine falcon, painted redstart, or spotted towhee. Hunters have opportunities to pursue mule deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, mountain lion, and turkeys.  Hikers and campers may cross paths with javelina, bobcats, king snakes, and tassel-eared squirrels.  Anglers at local lakes share the water and fish with bald eagles, ospreys, and many different waterfowl. This wide array of wildlife occurs within the unique transition of plants influenced by the soils, geology and climate of the forest’s mountains and valleys.

Collage of scenery, plants and wildlife found on the Prescott National Forest

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