Thumb Butte Loop

Total Miles
7.4

Elevation

2,119.37 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Thumb Butte Loop is arguably the most traveled off-road section in the Prescott National Forest. It's close to town, easy to access and offers sweeping views over Prescott, the Sierra Prieta, the Weaver Mountains and the Bradshaw Mountains as you wind along the drive. Camping is abundant along the drive, as are trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It's not the most technical or most remote drive in the area by a long shot, but it gives you the best opportunity to get a scope of everything Prescott has to offer before you jump off on bigger adventures. The Sierra Prieta Overlook at the halfway point is a must-see for sunsets.

Photos of Thumb Butte Loop

Thumb Butte Loop
Thumb Butte Loop
Thumb Butte Loop

Difficulty

Moderately maintained. Bumpy with some small rocky sections. Road conditions are worse in winter when precipitation and frequent travel combine to degrade conditions. Most of the year it's passable in 2WD. Moderate clearance recommended.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Vincent Roque
Nov 12, 2023
2012 Toyota Tundra
Open
Normal
Dusty
Sam Knight
Aug 06, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Jeff Lorig
Jul 04, 2023
Dirt Bike
Open
Normal
Robert Wilson
May 02, 2023
2014 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Dusty

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