THUMB BUTTE, AZ

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...
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates

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    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Facilities:

    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.

    Nearby Attractions:

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

    Booking Window
    Fri Sep 05 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Peak Sun Mar 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Campfire Circles
    • Drinking Water
    • Electricity
    • Flush Toilets
    • Grills
    • Hiking
    • Horseshoe Pit
    • Mountain Biking
    • Parking Area
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelters
    • Rock Climbing
    • Vault Toilets
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00
    Peak Season
    Mar 01 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    34.55222, -112.52139
    34°33'8"N, 112°31'17"W

    From Prescott, Arizona, go west on Gurley Street, which becomes Thumb Butte Road, and travel 2.2 miles to the picnic area entrance.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    THUMB BUTTE
    344 South Cortez Street
    Prescott  AZ  86303

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (928)443-8000