Thumb Butte

Prescott National Forest

Thumb Butte Group Picnic Area is a convenient place for groups of up to 100 people to enjoy a day outdoors. The site is located under the towering pines of Prescott National Forest about 4 miles west of Prescott, and provides easy access to a variety of trails and amenities. It offers a year-round pavilion and a quiet, shaded setting for luncheons, church gatherings, family picnics and other large functions. To make reservations click on the availability button to the right to book this site or call 1 (877) 444-6777. For general Thumb Butte site questions contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at 1 (928) 443-8000.

The picnic site is equipped with 12 picnic tables, 1 serving table, a covered picnic shelter, four charcoal grills and one campfire ring. There is designated parking (gated area) for 26 standard size vehicles. Guests have the convenience of restrooms with flush toilets and drinking water. The area is lighted after dark, and electric outlet(s) (20 amp maximum) are provided.

Trash collection is limited and guests are encouraged to pack out their own trash.

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Natural Features

The facility is set in a ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 5,700 feet, at the base of the Thumb Butte rock formation and adjacent to Miller Creek. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, lizards, snakes and birds.

Summer temperatures are pleasant, and winter is cool to cold with occasional snow. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible from late June through mid-September.

Nearby Attractions

Restaurants, shopping, historic sites and many amenities are nearby in the historic town of Prescott.

Recreation

The Thumb Butte area is popular for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Many trails can be found within a short walk or drive, including two that ascend Thumb Butte. Horseshoe pits are available at the picnic site; visitors interested in playing should bring their own horseshoes.

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PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST BRADSHAW RANGER DISTRICT 344 SOUTH CORTEZ STREET Prescott AZ 86303

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 1 (877) 444-6777

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Driving Directions

From Phoenix, Arizona: Traveling Northbound on I-17 take Exit 262 onto Hwy 69 North to Prescott and cointnue on Hwy 69 for 41 miles. Once you have arrived in Prescott, continue to go west on Hwy 69 which turns into Gurley St., which then becomes the Thumb Butte Road, and travel 2.2 miles to the picnic area entrance. 

Alternate route from Flagstaff, Arizona: Traveling Southbound on I-17 take Exit 278 onto Westbound Highway 169 and continue for 15 Miles until reaching the junction of Hwy 69, turn right onto Northbound Hwy 69 and continue for 15 miles until arriving in Prescott. Once you have arrived in Prescott, continue to go west on Hwy 69 which turns into Gurley St, which then becomes the Thumb Butte Road, and travel 2.2 miles to the picnic area entrance.

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