A Cool Summer Escape - Destination Prescott

A Cool Summer Escape - Destination PrescottOutdoors

Mile-high Prescott—just 90 minutes north of Phoenix—offers a terrific blend of cooler temperatures and opportunities for adventure both indoors and out.

From the heights of Thumb Butte to the washes of Granite Creek, the many miles of groomed trails throughout Prescott afford visitors a wonderful chance to strike out on foot, bicycle or horseback. Prescott’s Mile-High Trail System has approximately 28 miles of trails including Rails-to-Trails projects. Miles of additional multi-use trails wind their way through Prescott National Forest, the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the nation.

Obtain trail maps from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin St.) or the Prescott National Forest office (344 S. Cortez St).

Watson, Willow and Goldwater Lakes provide a great opportunity for canoeing or kayaking—Prescott Outdoors rents canoes and kayaks at these locations, and for the first time will also be renting bicycles at Watson Lake. Soak in the scenic beauty as you paddle or pedal around some of Prescott’s greatest natural resources. For more information about rentals, go to www.prescottoutdoors.com or call 928-925-1410.

Prescott’s mile-high climate makes it an ideal destination for golfers. With over 300 days of sunshine each year and average summer temperatures of 85 degrees, golfing in Prescott is a no-brainer. Each course offers challenging, varied terrain, including rolling hills, tree-lined fairways and granite outcroppings. The game is made even more pleasant by the sweeping views surrounding the courses.

Art, History & Heritage

Prescott’s three museums are a great place to begin to get a fix on the area’s culture and history. The Phippen Museum (4701 N. Highway 89) features an extensive permanent collection of Western art, and throughout the year they feature a number of traveling exhibits and shows. Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) is built around the site of the first Territorial Governor’s Mansion, which acts as the center-point for seven other historic buildings. An extensive collection of artifacts dating beyond Arizona’s early territorial days brings the past to life for visitors. The Smoki Museum (147 N. Arizona Ave.) documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts.

For more information about events, activities, lodging, shopping and more in Prescott, go to www.visit-prescott.com or call 800-266-7534.


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