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
|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.
Tuesday 04/25 0%
High 68° / Low 39°
Abundant sunshine. High 66F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Wednesday 04/26 0%
High 71° / Low 47°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 71F. N winds shifting to WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
Thursday 04/27 0%
High 74° / Low 42°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 74F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Friday 04/28 0%
High 67° / Low 32°
Abundant sunshine. High 67F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Saturday 04/29 0%
High 63° / Low 37°
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 63F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 04/30 0%
High 71° / Low 43°
Mainly sunny. High 71F. NNE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Be Sure to Bring
What To Do
Hiking & Mountain Biking – There are numerous hiking trails in the area, some of which are also suitable for mountain biking.
Image Credits: Katie Tegtmeyer via Flickr