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Prescott National Forest Enters Stage II Fire Restrictions

Due to increasing fire danger, the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 8 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire. Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following: 1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or […]

Prescott Fire and CAFMA Joint Notice on Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

The 42 square miles of the City of Prescott and the 365 square miles of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) which includes the Towns of Prescott Valley, Dewy-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Paulden have been placed under Stage 2 Fire RestrictionsFire Restrictions beginning June 3, 2030, at 8:00 am.  CAFMA’s jurisdiction also applies to areas surrounding the City […]

Prescott National Forest Urges Visitors to Recreate Responsibly

While the Prescott National Forest is open and available for public use, developed campgrounds and recreation facilities will remain closed for Memorial Day Weekend. Campfire and recreational shooting restrictions are in place. The Prescott NF is making every effort to expand access to more recreational opportunities within the context of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and state […]

Little Dealer Little Prices: Great Service and Superior Value!

Little Dealer Little Prices has been awarded the highest possible RV Dealer Award in North America. Out of thousands of RV Dealerships in the U.S. and Canada, Little Dealer Little Prices has the distinction of being one of the five best dealerships. Recognized in RV Business Magazine, Little Dealer Little Prices was described as being the place to go where […]

A Message from Prescott Forest Service

The Prescott National Forest is implementing a phased reopening of our closed recreation sites projected to start in June. It is critical they have adequate staffing in place and trained (hosts at campgrounds are volunteers), have adequate safety equipment and supplies on hand for daily operations and reliable resupply chain, and water system start-up completed in compliance with ADEQ standards. […]

City of Cottonwood Implements Fire Restrictions

The City of Cottonwood is implementing fire restrictions effective Friday, May 15, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. These restrictions prohibit all open fires, fire pits, and campfires (except those noted below). Additionally, no burn permits will be issued, and existing burn permits are hereby suspended. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited unless permitted by the Fire Marshal and/or Fire Chief. […]

Race Car Dynamics of Arizona Bringing Quality to Prescott Valley

Race Car Dynamics of Arizona (RCD of AZ), 2801 N. Industrial Way, Prescott Valley, has evolved from over 50 years of manufacturing experience in the automotive industry. Originally from California, they saw an opportunity for a more favorable business environment in Arizona, so they closed their business in California and opened RCD of AZ in Prescott Valley in 2016. Race […]

An Outdoor Great: Vern Wallace of Mile High Off-Road

Vern Wallace of Mile High Offroad, started off-roading when he was young, going out in his first jeep before he was even old enough to drive. After attending college and a career in aerospace, he found off-roading as an outlet to relieve stress. Now Wallace gets to help others play dirty in their 4×4’s. Wallace isn’t just about play, he […]

An Outdoor Great: Mike Glover of Fieldcraft Survival, Inc.

Former U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Major Mike Glover is CEO and owner of Fieldcraft Survival Inc. located in Prescott, Arizona. He loves what he does! Glover has a history in the military and, for 20 years, worked as a Green Beret in Special Forces. After retiring from the military, Glover took his knowledge and training and did what came naturally. […]

Forest Service Takes steps to Reduce Wildfire Caused by Recreational Shooting in Arid Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a recreational shooting restriction for the Coronado, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests to reduce wildfires and to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. Beginning May 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm and until July 31, 2020 or until rescinded, recreational shooting is prohibited in the Coronado, Prescott, […]

Early Hours Added to Operation of Key Recreation Sites

In an ongoing effort to support the recreating community and to provide for public health and safety, the Prescott National Forest will extend hours of operation for the Lynx Lake Recreation Area, Granite Basin Recreation Area and Thumb Butte. Starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020 hours of operation will be from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Adjusting the hours of […]

Virtual Granite Creek Cleanup with Prescott Creeks

Join in on #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

On all 9 creeks in the Prescott area from May 5th through May 31st – Prescott Creeks is responding to meet the needs of the local environment and citizens looking for meaningful ways to get outside and make a difference. The Virtual Granite Creek Cleanup encourages people to visit local creeks and waterways, document conditions, remove trash, and share the […]

Interagency Partners Emphasize Fire Prevention and Preparedness

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service emphasize the importance of fire prevention and preparedness. Know before you go. When planning your outdoor adventure always check for local closures and restrictions, which can change regularly. […]

An Outdoor Great: Jesse Wasil of Summit 4×4

It would be an understatement to say that Jesse Wasil of Summit 4×4 Company loves what he does. As owner-operator of a company that breathes and eats off-road, his passion is to help others make their off-road adventure dreams come true! Jesse also ensures Summit 4×4 Company is also a large part of the community. His company is a major […]

An Outdoor Great: Mike Johns and the RoughRider 100

Mike Johns, founder of the RoughRider 100, plays a key role in the Quad Cities and lives of many children. Inspired by the storied history of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and Buckey O’Neil, Mike Johns has had a hand in the creation and continuation of the RoughRider 100 race and the kids’ FCA Motocross Camp. Taking place in the spring […]

FR104 to Mingus Mountain Day Use Areas Opening May 1

Recreation Officials on the Verde Ranger District will be opening the gate on Forest Road 104 to allow motorized traffic to access recreation day-use sites in the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area. Mingus Lake, Mingus Picnic Site, and Trailheads for Trails 105 & 106 will be open to the public; however, the developed overnight campgrounds will remain closed. Gate on Forest […]

An Outdoor Great: Maryah Dilbeck of Born to Be Wild Rentals

Founder of Born to be Wild Rentals, Maryah Dilbeck shows a passion for kayaking and getting people active and outdoors. Her entire life has been centered around kayaking and providing an opportunity for people to get out on the water. Maryah and Born to be Wild aren’t just about kayaking, they are also about giving back. Last summer, she organized a […]

Outdoor Greats: Joe Witty & Brian Witty and Prescott Trap and Skeet

Joe and Brian Witty are a father and son who are passionate about skeet shooting. Joe Witty, a champion skeet shooter, has spent nearly ten years in the world of skeet. He started shooting when he was a child and fell in love with the sport when he enrolled in an international competition. Brian Witty, Joe’s father, is a man […]

Bald Eagle Closure Lifted at Lynx Lake

The Prescott National Forest will lift the closure restrictions and open the John’s Tank Trail on the east side of Lynx Lake on Friday, May 1st. The trail has been closed to public entry since December to provide protection to nesting bald eagles. The closure is no longer needed to protect bald eagles because they are not nesting at this […]

Highlands Center for Natural History Installing New Play Spider Web!

As you may know, the spider web in the Forest Play area of the Highlands Centers’ James Family Discovery Gardens disappeared a few weeks ago. The Highlands Center for Natural History had posted news of the theft on social media, in the news, and filed a report with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office kindly offered a $200 […]

An Outdoor Great: Dr. Todd Geiler

Dr. Todd Geiler is a fun and interesting person with a long-standing love of the outdoors. He enjoys everything from photography to hunting and fishing when he isn’t working in his eye care business. Dr. Geiler can often be found heading out to spend his free time in nature. More than just a personal love of the outdoors, Dr. Geiler […]

An Outdoor Great: Chris Hosking and City of Prescott Trails

Whenever you go out on a trail, have you wondered who was responsible for its creation? Well, that person would be Chris Hosking, Trails/Natural Parklands Coordinator. Thirteen years ago, Chris started working for the City of Prescott and really began to settle into his love of the outdoors. Today, he is proud to show off the amount of trail information […]

Aspen Creek Trailhead and Adjacent Trails Work Update

For the past several months, a contractor has been using heavy equipment to thin trees on 505 acres of Prescott National Forest land. The Francis Stewardship Project is located west of Prescott between Copper Basin Road and Thumb Butte Road. Although thinning operations are complete, Trail #322, 326, 392, 393, 333 are still being worked on and portions of these […]

An Outdoor Great: Gary Stewart and ESI Grips

Gary Stewart and his family own and operate their family business ESI Grips based in Chino Valley, Arizona, which is a world-renowned brand creating superior silicone products for the cycling industry. Along with providing high-quality biking products, Gary and his family also bring support to the cycling community through sponsorship of local athletes, teams, youth development and events. In addition, ESI also sponsors […]

Governor Ducey, Fire and Safety Officials Provide Outlook Ahead of Wildfire Season

Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) Director David Tenney and State Fire Management Officer John Truett were joined by federal, state, and local officials for an outlook on Arizona’s upcoming wildfire season. Similar to last year, Arizona DFFM predicts a potentially active wildfire season in certain parts of the state this year. “To help prevent wildfires, […]

Outdoor Greats: Cina McConaughy & Kate Phelan of Soul Ride

Ever participate in something that feeds your soul? That’s exactly how Kate Phelan and Cina McConaughy, owners of Soul Ride, 230 S. Montezuma St, Prescott, describe mountain biking in Prescott. Cina and Kate love taking others outdoors to learn about mountain biking and giving tours to people who are seeking out adventure. Now as full-time store owners, Kate and Cina […]

City of Flagstaff Enters Stage Two Fire Restrictions

The City of Flagstaff will enter Stage Two fire restrictions at 5 p.m. on April 24, 2020, in an effort to reduce the potential for unintentional human-caused wildfires within the city limits and to lower the impacts of emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Flagstaff cooperates with local, county, state, and federal fire management agencies to ensure […]

Forest Service Takes Steps to Reduce Human Caused Wildfire During Global Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a campfire ban to protect the health and safety of employees and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning April 22, igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire will be prohibited on all six national forests in Arizona until June 30, 2020, or until rescinded. Forest Service officials are […]

Explore National Parks-Virtually!

National parks offer extraordinary experiences, but it’s not always possible to get to a park in person. Fortunately, there are ways to connect with national parks from a distance through digital opportunities and activities to do in your own home or neighborhood. There are enough activities to keep you occupied for days! So here is your opportunity to take a […]

Sedona Takes Steps to Limit COVID Spread

To continue measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Coconino National Forest’s Red Rock Ranger District, in coordination with Verde Valley and county leaders, have decided by Saturday, April 4, 2020, the most popular trails and trailheads will be closed until further notice. The five areas that will close are: Bell Rock Trailhead Cathedral Rock Trail and Trailhead Courthouse […]

Prescott National Forest to Close All Developed Recreation Sites in Response to COVID-19

The Prescott National Forest began an orderly closure of developed recreation sites on Monday, March 23, to protect public health and safety and to align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Although developed campgrounds, restrooms and other developed recreation facilities on the Prescott NF are closed, the vast majority of the forest will […]

Summit 4×4 Company’s Response to COVID-19

Summit 4×4 has announced they will remain open as an essential business in the community with normal operating hours: Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, they have implemented changes to their daily operation to help keep employees and customers safe. All vehicles will be disinfected prior to coming in […]

Off-Road Communication 101


Most people have heard about the usage of a radio in order to communicate when out playing, exploring or racing your 4x4s. What most newer people to the sport don’t know is which radio type to use, why or how to use it. Communication is key and can be a lifesaver when outdoors, whether with a group or by yourself […]

Prescott national Forest

Prescott National Forest to Close Three Rental Cabins

Three rental cabins on the Prescott National Forest have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Effective immediately the following rental cabins will be closed and unavailable to rent via Recreation.gov: Horsethief Cabin – Bradshaw Ranger District, Prescott, AZ Groom Creek Schoolhouse – Bradshaw Ranger District, Prescott, AZ Sycamore Cabin – Verde Ranger District, Camp […]

Roadwork, road work, construction

Overlay Work in Various Areas of Yavapai County

Please be advised that PAP, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing asphalt overlay roadwork on Old Chisholm Trail, Butterfield Road, Clubhouse Drive, Burnt Ranch Road, Old Kettle Road, and Woodside Drive. Construction will begin March 16, 2020 and continue through June 8, 2020. Road construction will consist of asphalt overlays, shoulder work, new striping, and miscellaneous concrete […]

Temporary Closures Updates – Lynx Lake Recreation Area

Due to weather delays, the parking lot and road reconstruction work at North Shore Day Use will now start on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 with projected completion on Friday, March 20, 2020. North Shore Day Use will be closed during this period. No impacts to Lynx Café and Store operations are anticipated. These improvements are part of the pavement preservation project […]

Pile Burning

Pile Burning Planning March 10th-20th along Walker Road

Fire Managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District hope to take advantage of current and forecasted weather to burn piles located along Walker Road, starting on Tuesday, March 10th through Friday, March 20th. Piles are located south of the Lynx Lake Recreation Area and continue to the community of Walker. Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland […]


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