Groom Creek Schoolhouse Group Picnic Site

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Built in 1902, this historic schoolhouse and adjacent picnic area may be reserved in advance for groups of up to 50 people. Visitors without reservations may utilize outdoor accommodations when groups are not present. This site is also home to the Prescott Sunrise Lions' Club Nature Trail, a unique interpretive trail that is accessible to wheelchairs and features tactile displays for people with vision impairments.  


  • No drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • Garbage service
  • No grill or fire ring
  • 10 Picnic tables

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This location is closed. Affected reservations have been canceled and refunds will be issued (if the site accepts reservations). Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Reservations: Reservation Information: or telephone 1-877-444-6777
  • $5 per vehicle
  • $150.00 per day to rent the Groom Creek Schoolhouse
Open Season: April 1 - October 31
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Prescott, AZ
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Phoenix take Interstate 17 North 61.8 miles. Merge onto AZ-69W via EXIT 262 toward Cordes junction Road/Prescott and follow 33.8 miles. Take the US-89 S ramp. Turn slight left onto East Gurley Street/AZ-89. Continue to follow East on Gurley Street for about 0.8 mile. Turn left at Mt. Vernon Street and continue for 6.1 miles. The turn off for the schoolhouse and parking will be on your left.

Access to the schoolhouse group day use site is via gate locked with a combination lock. After making reservations, you will receive the combination for the gate.

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Group Picnicking

  • Groom Creek Schoolhouse has 10 picnic tables.  In inclement weather up to 50 people can be accommodated indoors at tables and chairs that are stored in a back room.  Upon departure, facility should be left as it was found (i.e., tables and chairs returned to storage).
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6,500 feet