About the Area

Prescott National Forest is one of 11 national forests in the Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service, composed of Arizona and New Mexico.  National forests are AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS, and provide an abundance of natural resources that benefit us in many ways.  The Prescott is comprised of complex, dynamic ecosystems that have many values and many uses. In addition to its outstanding recreational opportunities, it is a repository of clean water, diverse wildlife habitat, and many historic and prehistoric sites. Scenic beauty, livestock grazing, timber harvest, and extraction of essential minerals are  important components of the multiple-use management policy of the Forest Service.
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 recreational opportunities all year long.