Spruce Mountain Picnic Site

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Note: This site is located behind a gate which is locked when the fire tower is not staffed.  If you plan to drive to Spruce Mountain Picnic site, call ahead to make sure the gate is open: 928-443-8000.

At 7,700-feet in elevation, Spruce Mountain Picnic site is the highest recreation site on the Prescott National Forest, and is home to the Spruce Mountain fire look-out tower which is staffed seasonally.     


  • 4 picnic tables
  • No fire pits
  • 4 pedestal grills
  • Hitching rack
  • No drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • No garbage service- Please pack it out 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This location is closed. 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.
Fees No
Open Season: Spring - Fall; Open only when the fire tower is staffed
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Prescott, AZ
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Gurley and Mount Vernon (Senator Hwy) in Prescott, AZ: Mount Vernon (Senator Hwy) becomes Forest Road 52 when it enters the forest. Drive south from Prescott for approximately 5.5 miles to Forest Road 52A, which will be on your left. Turn left on FR 52A and travel for about 4 miles to the lookout tower and picnic area. (Note: Narrow, winding, steep road is accessible to passenger vehicles only during dry weather.)

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If you call ahead and make sure the gate is open, Spruce Mountain can be a nice, cool spot to have a picnic during the hot summer months.    

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7,700 feet