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Prescott National Forest
Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest

The Prescott National Forest is a million-acre forest in Northern Arizona and close to Prescott, the city that it was named after.

Most of the forest lies in the mountainous ranges of Flagstaff, with a small portion of it stretching to Coconino.

Prescott National Forest, Camping, Hiking Trails, Hours, Map, Prescott AZ

The forest is divided into three sections, which include Verde, Bradshaw, and Chino Valley. The Bradshaw region is located in the southern region of the forest; having long been associated with mining activities and has a rich history that spans from the mid-19th century.

The vast expanse of the forest means that it exhibits geographical diversity. Its natural beauty consists of mountain peaks, placid lakes, and unique flora and fauna. Add to this its rich cultural heritage, and it is easy to see why the forest provides an array of recreational activities to indulge in.

One of the most popular outdoor activities within the Prescott National Forest is hiking and backpacking. With more than 450 miles of splendid trails to choose from, there is never a dull day in the forest. Look out for the Granite Mountain Trail and the General Crook Trail – both popular options for outdoor lovers.

Some of the trails are equestrian, and horseback riders get to explore the forest for the adventure of a lifetime. Thrill-seekers looking for an adrenaline fix may opt to go hand gliding in the forest, rock climbing, and even whitewater rafting. The forest’s favorable climate makes the trails ideal for exploration all year long.

The Lynx Lake Recreation Area is a popular attraction in the forest, which is home to the ponderosa pine forest, a serene lake, and a handful of archaeological sites. The lake provides excellent water activities that include boating, fishing, and bird-watching. Anglers will enjoy trout fishing, while history lovers will love exploring the ancient sites.

A part of the Verde River flows through the forest, adding to the forest’s exciting outdoors with opportunities to swim, go on a picnic, and sightseeing.

Visiting Prescott National Forest is incomplete without camping on-site or spending time at the iconic Sycamore Cabin.

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