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FIRE BAN IN EFFECT ACROSS ARIZONA: Forest Service Takes Steps to Reduce Human Caused Wildfire during Global Pandemic (News release dated April 21, 2020)

SHOOTING RESTRICTIONS begin May 6, 2020: English (News releases dated May 5, 2020) Español

RECREATION DURING THE COVID-19 Public Health Emergency:  

  • There is no set date for reopening campgrounds or offering services at day-use sites at this time. We anticipate beginning a phased reopening at some point in June. Please review the information below for current recreation information, and visit When will campgrounds and day-use sites reopen? for more information about the factors that play into this decision.
  • All developed campgrounds are closed until social distancing guidelines are relaxed the Forest is able to safely resume their maintenance.
  • Dispersed Camping Information  Please use Motor Vehicle Use Maps to find legal sites to camp outside of the Basin.
  • Facilities at developed day-use sites are closed (e.g., no restrooms, water, or garbage service), but some parking areas remain open to the public. For current site status, please see KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: COVID-19-related Recreation Site Status.
  • Make or cancel RESERVATIONS: Contact information for


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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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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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