Welcome to the Prescott National Forest!
Where the Desert Meets the Pines
The Prescott National Forest is guardian of 950 miles of scenic trails and more than 100,000 acres of wilderness. With a mild climate and proximity to Phoenix, you can visit year-round.
From picnicking, developed campsites and gentle trails to rock climbing, bouldering, dispersed camping and rafting on more than a million acres of incredible landscapes, there's something for everyone to see and do!
Camping. Hiking. Climbing. Rafting. Fishing. Beauty. Nature.
Fun! Adventure! Relaxation! Bliss!
Maps for every need, the way you want them: Interactive, Printed, Downloadable
Purchase your passes and permits online or at your destination.
The Prescott National Forest manages public lands brimming with natural resources and diverse wildlife. We work to protect at-risk species, protect watersheds, ensure forest health through safe logging practices, and restore and maintain critical ecosystems.
The Prescott Forest Reserve was established by the General Land Office on May 10, 1898. It was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service in 1906 and became a National Forest on March 4, 1907. Just a year later, the Prescott expanded with the inclusion of the Verde National Forest on July 1, 1908. The final area was defined on October 22, 1934, when the Tusayan National Forest was merged.
A historic report witten by Aldo Leopold in 1920 about the condition of the Prescott National Forest and its management.
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.
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.
Alerts & Warnings
- There are currently NO FIRE RESTRICTIONS in effect on Prescott NF
- Fossil Creek & Forest Road 708 Closed until 12/31/22 for public safety
- Target Type restrictions implemented across the Prescott NF
- Temporary Camping Restrictions along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor
- Drones Use on Forest Service Lands