Prescott is about a 2 hour drive North of Phoenix. Prescott is known for its great climate, mountain biking and hiking trails, and wilderness areas. It lies between 5500 and 6500 feet and is diverse in topography. Prescott has 450 miles of Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails! Prescott National Forest is guardian of 950 miles of scenic trails and more than 100,000 acres of wilderness! Prescott National Forest is 1.25 million acres. There are many places to camp and explore, here are some recommendations.
1. Lynx Campground
2. Hilltop Campground
3. Whitespar Campground
4. Yavapai Campground at Granite Basin
5. Lower Wolf Creek
6. Watson Lake Campground
There are also many areas to disperse camp (see dispersed camping page) Downtown Prescott is charming. It is full of antique stores, boutiques, coffee houses, and restaurants. For more information on Prescott please check out the Prescott Chamber of Commerce website.
Sedona is home of the beautiful red rock mountains, butte’s, and canyons! The scenery here is absolutely stunning. It is about an hour and a half drive from Prescott depending the route you take (70 Miles). There are over 200 trails covering the 400 miles of Sedona for hiking and single track Mountain biking. Here are some campground recommendations to help you plan your Sedona trip.
1. Manzanita Campground
2. Cave Springs Campground
3. Pine Flat Campground
4. Rancho Sedona RV Park
5. Chavez Campground is a group campground if that is something you may need
There are also many areas to disperse camp around Sedona in the Coconino National Forest. Plan your Sedona section ahead of time, it is a major tourist attraction and books up quickly. Some of the main attractions of Sedona are Cathedral Rock, uptown Sedona for shopping, Red Rock Scenic Byway, Oak Creek Canyon, Mountain Biking and hiking trails, Jeep tours, and Chapel of the Holy Cross. If you are coming to Sedona to Bike, all we can say is that it is amazing!! The level of difficulty ranges from beginner to expert. The trails wind their way around single track, up and down slick rock, and give some of the best scenery you will ever ride in!!!
The Grand Canyon is 130 miles from Prescott and is about a 2 hour 20 minutes to drive from Prescott to the South Rim’s Village. While you are at the south rim look into checking out the South Rim Mule Rides, visit the Tuscan Museum/Ruin, take a helicopter scenic flight, watch the Grand Canyon IMAX movie in Tusayan, and hike on your own or with a guide!!!!! The North Rim is 302 miles and is roughly 5 – 5 ½ hours of drive time. If you want to start on the South Rim and Drive to the North Rim it is only 10 miles as the crow flies but unfortunately takes about 4 hours of drive time. The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is Spring and Fall. The hiking is very steep, so choose your hike wisely. Unfortunately there is no mountain biking in the park and there are no pets allowed. Some camping options on the South Rim or in Grand Canyon Village are:
1. Bright Angel Campground
2. Havasupai Garden Campsite
3. Mather Campground
4. Hermit Creek Campground
5. Trailer Village RV Park
On the North Rim, there is the North Rim Campground, and Cottonwood Campground. Jacob’s Lake Campground may be another option outside of the park. The North Rim is a bit more primitive and doesn’t offer as many amenities.
Flagstaff is a 1 hour and 45-minute drive from Prescott and is home to 485 miles of mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. Flagstaff has lots of camping options. Visit the website flagstaff.com for details on dispersed camping as well as established campgrounds. Flagstaff is also becoming very E-Bike friendly!