- An easily identifiable landmark located on the outskirts of Prescott, this 9,799-acre wilderness is characterized by rugged granite boulders, some the size of a house, stacked one atop the other to elevations that exceed 7,600 feet. The Metate Trailhead in Granite Basin is the primary portal to the wilderness which has two maintained trails. Hiking groups are limited to 15 people; equestrian groups to 10 animals. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
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Granite Mountain Wilderness
Recreation - Granite Mountain Wilderness is the most popular of all the wildernesses due to its proximity to Prescott (only 20 minutes by paved road) and the unique experience it offers for hiking among huge granite boulders, rock formations, and the outstanding view of the surrounding area.
Campfires are prohibited, however, stoves fueled by propane or white gas are permitted. There is no camping within 200 feet of Granite Mountain Trail 261. For rock climbing, maintenance of existing fixed anchors is permitted, but no new anchors are allowed.
Climate - Climate on the Prescott varies with elevation. The higher elevations generally receive much more precipitation and much cooler temperatures than the lower elevations. Summers on the Forest bring warm daytime temperatures with cool nights. Low elevations often experience very hot summer temperatures. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer. The late autumn, winter and early spring months bring some snow and sometimes cold temperatures to the high elevations but frequent clear, sunny days. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations; a good time to experience these normally snow free areas.
Granite Mountain Wilderness Area is located just a few miles northwest of Prescott's downtown.