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: Status of Recreation Sites Effective October 8, 2020

CAMPING: Campgrounds and designated dispersed campsites in the Prescott Basin have been filling up on Fridays by NOON. Try making a reservation, if possible, or be prepared to dispersed camp outside of the Basin by using the Motor Vehicle Use Map to find legal campsites. 


Welcome to the Prescott National ForestChristmas tree permit sales by phone/mail begin Monday, October 19.Free Christmas tree permits for 4th graders with free EKO passes.84 acres of land on Verde River added to Prescott NFStage 1 Fire Restrictions now in effect on Prescott National ForestYoung boy with monarch butterfly on his finger


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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Fall Colors

Bright red virginia creeper vines cling to pnderosa pine and oaks

Hike, ride, or drive the roads and trails of the Prescott National Forest this fall and you might be suprised what you find!

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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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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