Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.


Sierra Prietta Trail #366


The Sierra Prietta trail is 0.9 miles long, 1.8 miles round trip. It begins at Forest Road 373 and ends at Forest Road 9707t, and features spectacular views of western Yavapai County, and Spruce Mountain and Williams Peak on the northeast.  the trail ends where it converges on 2 dirt roads.

The trail begins at 6,950' elevation, rises to over 7,000', then drops to 6,850' at the end.  

CAUTION: This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, mountain bicyclists, and motorcycles.  Please be considerate of others--slow down and know when to yield the trail.


Printable Trail Description and Map (283 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees No
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Year-round
Closest Towns: About 30 minutes from downtown Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From downtown Prescott take Gurley Street west toward Thumb Butte (about 3.2 miles). You are now on Thumb Butte Road (County Road 65).  Go left on Forest Road 373 where the road divides to Deering Park (right)  and Sierra Prieta overlook (left).  go for about 3.5 miles and park at Sierra Prieta overlook turnout.  The trail starts across the road, up a steep bank.


Parking at Sierra Prieta overlook may be shared with visitors enjoying the spectacular view of west Yavapai County.  Be careful when parking at the Sierra Prieta overlook as there is a steep drop-off to the west.

General Notes:

Maps: Prescott National Forest Map, west half; USGS topographic 7.5" quad for Iron Springs; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map, Bradshaw Mountains; city of Prescott Trails and Outdoor Recreation Map



Hide detail HIDE

Mountain Biking

The Sierra Prieta trail offers sweeping views of western Yavapai County, Spruce Mountain, and Williams Peak.  This is a multiple-use trail.  Cyclists yield to horses and hikers, and watch for motorcycles.

Difficulty Level: Moderate


Show detail SHOW

Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

OHV Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.9 miles

  Elevation : 


Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance logo

Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance Link opens in a new window

Prescott Circle Trail logo

Prescott Circle Trail Video Link opens in a new window