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Prescott Basin Dispersed Camping

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Prescott, AZ

Number of Sites:
Dispersed Camping
5500 feet
Reservations not accepted


Dispersed Camping is camping outside of developed campgrounds. In contrast to camping in developed campsites, dispersed camping is more primitive, and no facilities such as trash collection, water and toilets are available.

The Prescott Basin area is immediately south and west of Prescott, Arizona. The area is approximately 59,000 acres (about 4% of the Prescott National Forest).

( FDR = Forest Development Road, C = County Road )

FDR 23 - Corley Road: 13 Sites #1 - 13

FDR 30 - Bannie Mine Road: 12 Sites #14 - 25

C 56 - Senator Highway: 2 Sites #26 - 27

FDR 79 - Big Pine Road: 15 Sites #28 - 42

FDR 80 - Sundance Road: 6 Sites #43 - 48

FDR 707 - Pipeline Road: 3 Sites #49 - 51

C 101 - Groom Creek Cut Off Road: 8 Sites #52 - 59

FDR 64 - Marapai Road: 9 Sites #60 - 68

C64/C65 - Thumb Butte/Copper Basin Road Loop: 20 Sites #69 - 88

FDR 51 - Pott's Creek: 8 Sites #89 - 96

Iron Springs & Skyline Dr.: 15 Sites #97 - 111


Special Features
  • Fire Rings
Additional Conveniences
  • Pets Allowed
Additional Notes

NO Drinking Water
No Toilets
No Trash Service
Each designated dispersed campsite has a place to park, fire ring, and an area for a tent.


Year round
South and West of Prescott
5500 feet
6500 at some dispersed campsites
Basic Info
Total Sites:
Dispersed Camping
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Additional Details
Recreational camping is allowed only in designated dispersed campsites.
Campfires are allowed only in fire rings provided in designated dispersed campsites.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
All campsites are located within a a 3/4-mile stretch of the Forest Development Roads listed above except C64/C65 - Thumb Butte/Copper Basin Road Loop, C 101 - Groom Creek Cut Off Road, and C 56 - Senator Highway, where campsites are scattered along the road within a 3-mile stretch.

When you find a brown vertical fiberglass post with the "DISPERSED CAMPSITE" decal, you have found a place to camp.

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