Prescott NF to Reopen Most Recreation Sites on August 1

Release Date: Jul 28, 2020

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-777-2212

Note: Please visit Recreation Site Status Effective 8/01/20 to see which sites are open and which have water available.


Prescott NF to Reopen Most Recreation Sites on August 1


PRESCOTT, AZ, July 28, 2020 –The Prescott National Forest will open most developed campgrounds and day use sites across the Forest on Saturday, August 1.  Fees will resume at developed campgrounds and day-use sites with services.  Developed recreation sites were closed in March to protect public health and safety and limit the spread of COVID-19.


The following developed recreation sites will remain closed: Group Campgrounds (Eagle Ridge, Playground, Turney Gulch and Upper Wolf Creek); Group Day-use Sites (Thumb Butte Group Picnic Site, Groom Creek Schoolhouse Group Day-Use and Nature Trail); Family Campgrounds (Hazlett Hollow, Powell Springs and Lower Wolf Creek); Hayfield Draw OHV Area; Horsethief Cabin; and Spruce Mountain Picnic Area. 


The Prescott NF is resuming trash collection and reopening toilet facilities across the Forest. Be aware that maintenance may be limited and we cannot guarantee that facilities will be germ free. Visitors are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes with them. Water will not be available at some campgrounds that normally provide access to potable or non-potable water pending the completion of testing for contaminants. Campers are advised to bring an adequate supply of water. 


Most developed campgrounds on the Prescott NF accept reservations, with a few sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made online at Reservations for the group campgrounds have been cancelled through October 31, 2020. Reopening of the group sites will depend on public health orders. 


If you are planning to visit the Prescott NF, please remember to:

  • Be a good steward and recreate responsibly.
  • Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and limit group size.
  • Park only in designated areas. Do not impede emergency access by blocking roadways, fire lanes or driveways.
  • Follow “Leave No Trace” principles, including “pack it in, pack it out” with your trash, to avoid creating a public health hazard for forest visitors and employees.
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.


Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott National Forest Website: or by following us on Facebook or Twitter