Thumb Butte Loop Campground has 21 designated primitive campsites in the Prescott Basin area of Prescott National Forest. Ponderosa pines provide shade for the campsites, but are not thick enough to block some of the scenic views. The Sierra Prieta Scenic Overlook is located along FDR 373 and offers great views of the mountains of the same name. There are numerous hiking opportunities in the area as well.
The campground also is known as FDR 373 Thumb Butte Loop Dispersed Camping area. The campsites are pretty private and dispersed along the FDR 373 forest road between Thumb Butte Road and Copper Basin Road. The campsites are technically open all year, but beware the area does get snow in the winter.
There are 21 campsites at Thumb Butte Loop Campground, 16 of which will accommodate an RV. The campsites do not offer any amenities other than a fire ring. There is a post in the ground that is numbered to mark each designated campsite. All trash must be packed out. There is no fee for camping at Thumb Butte Loop Campground. Supplies can found nearby in Prescott.
Thumb Butte Loop Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||21 Campsites|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Nearest City/Town:||Prescott, Arizona|
|Location:||Yavapai County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||5 Miles|
Head west for 5.2 miles on Gurley Street in Prescott, it will turn into Thumb Butte Road, and then will turn into FDR 373. Thumb Butte Loop Campground is dispersed along FDR 373.
Maps & Brochures
Camping Supply List
|Web:||Prescott National Forest|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First Come, First Served|
When To Go
Summer through Fall – Summertime can get a little warmer, but the weather is still great. Snow is possible in the winter.
Saturday 02/24 0%
High 44° / Low 19°
Plentiful sunshine. High 44F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 02/25 0%
High 48° / Low 26°
Mainly sunny. High 48F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 02/26 0%
High 51° / Low 28°
Sunny. High 51F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday 02/27 60%
High 44° / Low 23°
Sunny skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies with a mixture of light rain and snow developing in the afternoon. High 44F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Wednesday 02/28 50%
High 41° / Low 23°
Snow showers before noon. Becoming partly cloudy later. High 41F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Thursday 03/01 10%
High 47° / Low 29°
A mainly sunny sky. High 47F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
What To Do
Hiking & Mountain Biking – There are numerous hiking trails in the area, some of which are also suitable for mountain biking.
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