Metate Trailhead

Provides access to trails in the Granite Mountain Wilderness, as well as trails in the Granite Basin Recreation Area.


Granite Basin Recreation Area Brochure  (1.54 MB)

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Note: This site closes following especially heavy snow and when the roads are too icy.  If you plan to visit and want to make sure it is open, please contact the Bradshaw Ranger Station: 928-443-8000.  For more information when the office is closed, please check the right-hand column under "Alerts and Warnings" to see if there are current conditions reported for this recreation site. 



  • 2 picnic tables
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • Garbage service

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 - September 30: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • October 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • $5 per vehicle; Free every Wednesday!
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Prescott, AZ
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the corner of Iron Springs Rd. and Williamson Valley Rd in Prescott, AZ: Northwest on Iron Springs approximately 3 miles. Right on Granite Basin Rd. Follow road approximately 3.8 miles. Metate Trailhead is on the left.

  • There are 35 parking spots.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Metate Day-use Site is located near the Granite Mountain Wilderness.


Two picnic tables are available for public use.