Prescott National Forest

category : National Forests
Offering cool relief from the desert below, the nearly 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest are just brimming with outdoor recreation opportunities. The outstanding climate allows year-round opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, driving for pleasure, nature photography, mountain climbing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Explore Sycamore Canyon as it eviscerates the Mogollon Rim, laying open a colorful labyrinth of crimson cliffs, red sandstone, white limestone, and lava flows. Over 450 miles of trail snake their way through the Prescott like a sidewinder on the sun-baked desert, as well as along switchbacks up the timbered slopes of towering sentinels like the 7,628-foot Towers Mountain. It's no mirage; river rafters can actually float through the desert in the arid sections of this mystical forest of cactus and sand.

Prescott is also a forest rife with Western folkloreónames like Lonesome Pocket, Yellowjacket Gulch, Grief Hill, and Horsethief Basin evoke the West's wilder days. At Battle Flat in 1864, five cowboys held off 150 Indians in a do-or-die gunfight. Gold seekers were constantly skirmishing with native Americans in these parts.

In the early 1860s, Captain Joseph Walker led an expedition of 34 men into Apache territory after being told by an Indian "there's gold in those mountains." One of the members of the expedition, Sam Miller, found what he thought was a dead lynx in a gold-filled creek. He tried to pick it up, it suddenly came back to and life clawed him something fierceóever since the creek has been known as Lynx Creek.

The Natural beauty of mountain tops, clear lakes and rivers, great varieties of fish, unique wildlife, and remnants of cultural heritage provide settings for a diversity of outdoor recreation activities.

Address: 344 South Cortez Street
Phone: 928-443-8000

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Hotel St. Michael

The cornerstone of historic "Whiskey Row," Hotel St. Michael, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents the coming of age of Prescotts hostelries. Constructed on the site of the modest Hotel Burke, which burned in 1900

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Whiskey Row

Whiskey Row, downtown Prescott, is one of Arizona's most popular streets. At the turn of the century saloons lined the street. Today, Whiskey Row is a favorite for both locals and visitors alike. From The Galloping Goose to the old Saint Michael's Hotel, you'

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Prescott Area Hiking Trails

Thumb Butte-trail 33 Permitted Uses: hiking Difficulty: moderate Hiking Time: 1 hour This Prescott, Arizona landmark is one of the most popular hiking areas, and is located just three miles west of downtown Prescott. Head west on Gurley Street 2.5

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Prescott Lakes Golf Club

Prescott Lakes Golf Club is the premier golf experience in Northern Arizona. Soon to become a completely private club, there is still time to play this spectacular course while visiting the high country. Come experience our Hale Irwin designed championship, par 72, 7216

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Smoki Museum

Opened in 1935, the mission of the Smoki Museum is to promote an understanding and appreciation for the historic and prehistoric Native American culture of the Southwest and features the largest collection of Kate Cory oil paintings in the United States.

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Prescott National Forest

Offering cool relief from the desert below, the nearly 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest are just brimming w...