Thumb Butte Group Picnic Site



Thumb Butte Group Picnic Area is a convenient place for groups of up to 100 people to enjoy a day outdoors. The site is located under the towering pines of Prescott National Forest about 4 miles west of Prescott, and provides easy access to a variety of trails and amenities. It offers a large pavilion and a quiet, shaded setting for luncheons, church gatherings, family picnics and other large functions.

Natural Features:

The facility is set in a ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 5,700 feet, at the base of the Thumb Butte rock formation and adjacent to Miller Creek. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, lizards, snakes and birds.

Summer temperatures are pleasant, and winter is cool to cold with occasional snow. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible from late June through mid-September.


The Thumb Butte area is popular for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Many trails can be found within a short walk or drive, including two that ascend Thumb Butte. Horseshoe pits are available at the picnic site; visitors interested in playing should bring their own horseshoes.


The picnic site is equipped with 12 picnic tables, 1 serving table, a covered picnic shelter, four charcoal grills and one campfire ring. There is designated parking (gated area) for 26 standard size vehicles. Guests have the convenience of restrooms with flush toilets and drinking water. The area is lighted after dark, and electric outlet(s) (20 amp maximum) are provided.

Trash collection is limited and guests are encouraged to pack out their own trash.

Nearby Attractions:

Restaurants, shopping, historic sites and many amenities are nearby in the historic town of Prescott.

Activities and Amenities:

  • Fire Ring
  • Drinking Water
  • Electricity
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Rock Climbing
  • Vault Toilets

Thumb Butte Brochure (2.67 MB)

Printable Thumb Butte Trails and Area Map (1.41 MB)


  • 12 picnic tables
  • 1 fire pit
  • 4 grills
  • Drinking water
  • Flush toilet
  • Garbage service 

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • April 1 - 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 - September 30: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • October 1 - 31: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reservations: Reservation Information: or telephone 1-877-444-6777
  • $85 for groups of 1-75 people
  • $175 for groups of 75-100 people
Open Season: April 1 - October 31
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: 4 miles from Prescott, AZ
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Prescott, AZ: take Gurley Street west, which becomes Thumb Butte Road, travel 2.2 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area entrance.



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