Can You Camp Anywhere in Prescott National Forest?

Prescott National Forest, located in central Arizona, is a stunningly beautiful area of over 1.25 million acres. With its vast array of tree species, hiking trails, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, it is a popular destination for camping and other outdoor activities. But can you camp anywhere in Prescott National Forest?

The answer to this question largely depends on what type of camping experience you are looking for. If you are looking for a primitive camping experience in the backcountry, then the answer is yes – you can camp anywhere in Prescott National Forest as long as you follow the rules and regulations set forth by the U.S. Forest Service. When camping in the backcountry you must obtain a free permit from either the Chino Valley or Bradshaw Ranger District offices prior to your trip.

However, if you are looking for a more developed camping experience with amenities such as restrooms and showers, then your options are more limited. There are 11 developed campgrounds throughout Prescott National Forest that offer these types of amenities and services. The campgrounds vary in size from small sites suitable for tent camping to large RV sites with hookups.

In addition to these developed campgrounds, there are also numerous dispersed camping areas throughout Prescott National Forest where visitors can enjoy primitive camping without a permit or fee. The majority of these dispersed sites have no amenities so visitors must bring all their own supplies including drinking water.


In conclusion, it is possible to camp anywhere in Prescott National Forest if you’re looking for an adventurous backcountry experience; however, those seeking more developed campsites with amenities will need to visit one of the 11 designated developed campgrounds or dispersed sites throughout the forest.

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Samantha Mckinney