Recreation Opportunities

People fishing off a pier at Lynx LakeMountain biker on Thumb Butte trailCollage of people enjoying water sports and boatingclimbing Climber on Granite MountainCamping  Horse and dog relaxing outside a tent in Groom Creek Horse CampGroup gathering at Thumb Butte Picnic AreaChild riding ATV in the tot lot at Hayfield Draw OHV AreaCollage of plants, animals, and geologic features on the forest



The forest contains 10 campgrounds, 4 group reservation campgrounds, 7 picnic areas, and 2 group reservation picnic areas. Most of the developed recreation sites are located in the pines with 5 of the campgrounds and two of the picnic areas situated near manmade lakes. Several developed sites offer barrier-free access for users experiencing disabilities.

Nearly 450 miles of scenic trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, or mountain biking are offered on the Prescott National Forest. The forest also contains one National Recreational Trail (Granite Mountain Trail) and one National Historic Study trail (General Crook Trail). The mild climate allows the trails to be enjoyed year-round.

For the more daring visitors, the forest offers opportunities for hang gliding, technical rock climbing and bouldering, whitewater rafting, and excellent mountain bicycling.

The Prescott National Forest is guardian of more than 100,000 acres of wilderness represented by 8 wilderness areas. Of these, Granite Mountain Wilderness is the most popular because it is only 20 minutes from Prescott by paved road. Travel is limited to foot or horseback in wilderness areas.

Currently, the forest is being challenged to increase its emphasis on wildfire and recreation management programs.

Some sites are closed during the Winter months, and during wet weather, recreation sites may be closed to prevent resource damage. Please contact the district office responsible for the site you want to visit to be sure it is open.