FOREST OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Virtual Services Offered by Phone/Internet Please visit our Offices webpage for contact information and hours. Permits that are not available online or by mail can be picked up at our offices by appointment only.

RECREATION: Recreation Site Status Effective Saturday, 8/01/20 

 

Welcome to the Prescott National ForestBear near a campsite.Young boy with monarch butterfly on his fingerPronghorn antelope on Prescott National Forest grasslands.Click image to play Prescott Circle Trail videoAncient pictograph art on rocks

 

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.

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Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and safety of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas. 


Aldo Leopold 1920 Report on the Prescott National Forest

Historic photo of Horsethief Lake taken in 1920

A historic report witten by Aldo Leopold in 1920 about the condition of the Prescott National Forest and its management.


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Spotlights

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.

Southwestern Region Stakeholders Report

Bald Eagle in Flight

Stories featuring Prescott National Forest include our innovative Recreation Strategy on page 7, and the Prescott Cross Boundary Vegetation Management Project on page 4.

 

 




Basin Ops Drill: Interagency Preparation for Fighting Wildfires

Crews from multiple agencies train in Yavapai County, AZ where they light small practice fires and test communications equipment.  

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.



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