For the safety of all visitors and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Prescott National Forest is undertaking steps to reduce public density on Forest Lands and facilities, while attempting to keep recreation sites open. We ask that the public adhere to CDC and state, local city, and forest guidelines to keep public spaces safe and accessible to everyone.
Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bicycle or a horse is a healthy way to stay active, spend time with your immediate household family members, and reduce stress and anxiety. However, please come prepared with extra supplies and to pack-out your trash as indoor spaces, restrooms and campgrounds are temporarily closed or have delayed opening to limit community spread of COVID-19.
While enjoying outdoor spaces, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19 and:
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing.
- Avoid busy trailheads. Find the trails less traveled or visit when trails are not as busy.
- Practice social distancing by keeping more than six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others.
- Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, or high-fives.
- Bring supplies to wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Visitors are reminded to:
- Be prepared for changing weather conditions and check the forecast.
- Be realistic about fitness and skill level.
- Carry essentials in a day pack.
- Leave trip plans with friends or family.
- Use current maps/guides to plan your trip.
- Have emergency phone numbers handy (911) but remember responses may be delayed.
Prescott National Forest encourage visitors to:
- Stay local and keep visits short.
- Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members and follow state and local guidance regarding group size limits.
- Maintain distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks.
- Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees.
- If you arrive at a site and it is crowded, no parking is available, choose a different trail, or return another time/day to visit.
- If parking lots are full, DO NOT Park along roadsides or other undesignated areas.
Law Enforcement, forest employees and volunteers respond to, and assist with, search and rescue missions, wildfire suppression, and other response activities. With minimal resources, there may be a delay in medical response. Keep safe by avoiding recreation that could cause unnecessary risk.
Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.