Thumb Butte Group Picnic Area is a convenient place for groups of up to 100 people to enjoy a day outdoors. The site is located under the towering pines of Prescott National Forest about 4 miles west of Prescott, and provides easy access to a variety of trails and amenities. It offers a year-round pavilion and a quiet, shaded setting for luncheons, church gatherings, family picnics and other large functions.
The facility is set in a ponderosa Pine forest at an elevation of 5,700 feet, at the base of the Thumb Butte rock formation and adjacent to Miller Creek. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, lizards, snakes and birds.
The Thumb Butte area is popular for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Many trails can be found within a short walk or drive, including two that ascend Thumb Butte. Horseshoe pits are available at the picnic site; visitors interested in playing should bring their own horseshoes.
The picnic site is equipped with 12 picnic tables under a covered picnic shelter, four grills and one campfire ring. Guests have the convenience of restrooms with flush toilets and drinking water. The area is lighted after dark, and electric outlets (20 amp maximum) are provided.
From Prescott, Arizona, go west on Gurley Street, which becomes Thumb Butte Road, and travel 2.2 miles to the picnic area entrance.