Thumb Butte Picnic Site
The most distinguishing landmark in Prescott, AZ, Thumb Butte is famous for its towering ponderosa pines, picnic facilities, and access to world-class hiking trails--all just minutes from downtown! Interpretive signs orient visitors to the area's flora and fauna, historical and cultural resources, and current management practices. A trip to Prescott is not complete without a stop over at Thumb Butte!
Thumb Butte Brochure (2.67 MB)
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. When the office is closed, please check the right-hand column under "Alerts and Warnings" to see if there are weather-related closures, and follow the link to see if this site is closed or on a reduced schedule.
- 13 picnic tables
- No fire pits
- 8 pedestal grills
- Bike rack
- Drinking water (seasonally)
- Flush toilets and vault toilet
- Garbage service
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.
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Closed to rock climbing during the winter and spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons.|
|Closest Towns:||Prescott, AZ|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
From Prescott, AZ: take Gurley Street west, which becomes Thumb Butte Road, travel 2.2 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area entrance.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
- Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33 is open only to hikers. This is a steep, but popular, 2.0 mile loop hike with environmental interpretation signs and benches along the route.
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Alerts & Warnings
- STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT; RESTRICCIONES DE FUEGOS ETAPA 2 EN EFECTO
- Fossil Creek & Forest Road 708 Closed until 12/31/22 for public health and saf
- Target Type restrictions implemented across the Prescott NF
- Temporary Camping Restrictions along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor
- Drones Use on Forest Service Lands