The Bradshaw Mountains, located south of Prescott, have long been
known for being one of the most mineralized mountain ranges in the
world. As early as the mid-1800's, mining first brought settlers
to this part of Arizona. The Bradshaw Ranger District
encompasses the Bradshaw Range and extends beyond it, surrounding the
city of Prescott.
The Bradshaws offer cool relief from the desert below, with
numerous developed and dispersed recreation opportunities available.
Mount Union, in the Bradshaws, is the highest elevation on the forest,
at nearly 8,000 feet. From 7,000 to 8,000 foot elevation along
the Bradshaw Range, the vegetation changes from pure forests of
ponderosa pine to mixed conifer forests of Douglas-fir and white fir.
The weather throughout the Bradshaw District is moderate, with daytime
temperatures averaging 50 degrees in the winter and 70 degrees in
summer. Recreation opportunities abound throughout all seasons.
Granite Mountain Wilderness, the forest's only "urban" wilderness,
is located just a few short miles from Prescott. Other scenic
attractions include Thumb Butte, Lynx Lake and the Thumb Butte Loop,
as well as drives to Palace Station and Crown King. For more
information, please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District.