Prescott National Forest

The Prescott National Forest is a 1.25 million acre United States National Forest that is located in north central Arizona within the vicinity of Prescott. The forest can be found in the mountains southwest of Flagstaff and north of Phoenix in Yavapai County, with a minute portion stretching into southwestern Coconino County. The administrative offices are located in Prescott and the local ranger district offices are located in Chino Valley, Camp Verde, and Prescott. This forest includes Lynx Creek where Sam Miller panned for gold and was injured by a cougar.

Within the forest lie eight designated wilderness areas comprising more than 104,000 acres, located completely or partially within the Prescott National Forest. These areas are Castle Creek Wilderness, Apache Creek Wilderness, Cedar Bench Wilderness, Juniper Mesa Wilderness, Granite Mountain Wilderness, Pine Mountain Wilderness, Woodchute Wilderness, and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

Discrete campsites within the forest are undeveloped and facilities such as trash collection, toilets, and water are not available. It is recommended for experienced campers.

The developed campsites are designed to have room for families consisting of 5 to 10 people per camp site.

The Forest Reserve was established by the General Land Office on the 10th of May in 1898. It was transferred to the United States Forest Service in the year 1906 and became a National Forest on the 4th of March in 1907. On July 1st of 1908 it took in the Verde National Forest and on October 22nd of 1934, it took in the Tusayan National Forest.

Image Caption: Prescott National Forest, Mingus Mountain summit campgrounds. Credit: Zereshk/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)