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Prescott National Forest

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Address: Prescott, AZ
Phone Number: 9285674121
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Forest located in a mountainous section of central Arizona, offering...

Forest located in a mountainous section of central Arizona, offering campgrounds, picnic grounds and 2,500 miles of roads for visitors.

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Twists and turns on route 89.

We took this alternative route back to Scottsdale. A great ride but make sure you have the time. Allow almost two hours plus as most of the forest is 20-25 mph. Loved the ride... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We took this alternative route back to Scottsdale. A great ride but make sure you have the time. Allow almost two hours plus as most of the forest is 20-25 mph. Loved the ride all the way back to Route 17 and then a quick ride to Scottsdale

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Chicago, Illinois
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837 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

The drive south on 89 from Prescott to Wilhoit was very nice through the Prescott National Forest. There were lots of twists and turns - but nothing too sharp or dangerous during good weather. The scenery along the way was also pretty - especially the rock formations on the southern section. It was a nice alternative drive to get from... More 

Thank Diane K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Stop downtown at the Prescott Forest Service office & obtain maps and guidance. We enjoyed a long (10 mis) walk in Granite Basin area northwest of town one day. And a 6.5 mile loop hike up Granite Mountain on another day. Whatever your comfort level and ability level, you can find it here.

Thank DS1Arlington
Sharon, Massachusetts
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72 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Was there with friends for a staff picnic, what a great spot for it. Nice dining area, lake is beautiful, canoes and other great things to have fun with. Felt wonderful to be there

Thank hbednarsh
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150 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

The drive from Prescott through this beautiful forest was frightening for me. Too many sharp turns, switchbacks steep downhill and uphill grades between Prescott and Lake Pleasant. A white knuckle drive for this woman. Doubt I will make that drive again.

Thank Christy H
Costa Mesa, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great hiking and fishing, and you can bring dogs to Lynx Lake. The hike around the lake is moderate to beginner in the paved areas. They have a picnic area and you can fish and prepare your fish on the grounds, the weather was amazing in September. The main town of Prescott is just a few miles away, one of... More 

Thank Jperl32
Reno, Nevada
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156 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The roads here take you through the forest, winding and curvy with beautiful views. I just moved here, and can't believe how peaceful and scenic the area is. People expect the Prescott area to be like the Valley, until they get here and realize it is a different world and so much nicer than I expected.

Thank McKenna L
Phoenix, Arizona
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98 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Prescott National Forest has so much to offer in the way of enjoyment! We live in the area and visit a new area of the forest every week. We are still discovering new amazing things to see and do! We have hiked, biked, ridden horses and atv's on the vast number of trails available for each. Plus camping, fishing, water... More 

Thank MW007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We did not have the time to hike any trails, but we drove through the forest along the scenic roads. It is beautiful. Be prepared to stop and take pictures!

Thank Pam W
Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Mingus Mountain Campground is above Jerome at around 7300 ft. The views are absolutely spectacular!. There are two camping areas, one with group sites. Electricity is generally available but when we went most of the hookups were out so check back with the Verde Valley Forest Service. My sister and I had a generator so we charged our phones etc.... More 

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