Nestled in the conifer forests of the Bradshaw Mountains, Prescott is a historic city boasting much in the way of adventure and culture. Golfers flock to its six pristine courses, while outdoors enthusiasts find exciting hiking trails, secluded picnicking spots and adventure on the waters of its five lakes. Discover the history of the Old West in the city's museums, historic railways and the Pioneer Home Cemetery, where "Big Nose Kate" Elder, wife of Doc Holiday, found her final resting place.
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Many of Prescott's buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places are located downtown.
Walk around the square, browse the shops, admire the old buildings. We found more places open after 5pm than we expected. Plenty of street parking. Lots of good restaurants. Not party city but enjoyable. Friendly atmosphere. Explore the side streets too.
4.5 based on 134 reviews
For an arid part of the country, Prescott and it's surrounding environments can be spectacular. I had the chance to shot a Mountain Bike Race there and do some hiking.
And honestly, I could have hiked all day if I had stayed longer.
Bring good shoes, plenty of water and if you are older you might want a walking stick or two. There were people using them and the ground is rocky in places.
I recommend stopping at times to just enjoy the view.
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This can be viewed from highway or walking. The granite and contrast with lake is very, very enjoyable and worth the short drive from town.
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An educational and cultural center featuring the historical, social and natural aspects of Arizona, with emphasis on the Central Highlands... a heritage and historical site with 11 exhibit buildings (five historical), a research center for collections and conservation of artifacts, and a year 'round calendar of rotating and permanent exhibits, and related educational and cultural programs. Open 362 days a year, and presenting the area's culture from the Pleistocene Epoch (14,000 years ago) to the present.
The main museum was so interesting that we did not have the time or the stamina to view all the structures in the museum compound.
4.5 based on 405 reviews
Lynx Lake is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pine forest, a serene 55-acre lake, trout fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, archaeological sites, and bird watching attract visitors from throughout Arizona.
We took a large and small dog to hike around this beautiful lake. The trail is a little rough in spots but good shoes and a little patience will see you through. The picnic grounds are lovely and payment is honor system.
4.5 based on 167 reviews
The Christmas lights at the courthouse might be a new holiday tradition for us. The whole park area is lit up with strands of lights and the courthouse itself is decorated with a different theme on each side. The gazebo has a special Christmas display as well. During the holidays they have other events but we just went for the lights. Plenty of places to eat and drink since it’s right downtown. Parking can be tricky because it’s pretty much all on the street and if you want to shop as well plan to make a day of it since most close early.
A bonus was that they had clean, heated indoor restrooms.
4.5 based on 130 reviews
Fine arts museum that features exhibits and educational programs related to the American West.
The museum features a variety of permanent and changing fine art of the American West. The building has been expanded in recent years which supports more diverse rotating exhibits, but is still small enough to see much of the artwork in a couple of hours. The art features a lot of cowboy, western, and native american work, but it is really the enthusiastic docents who bring the work to life for non-experts. The rotating exhibits featured pieces from the Phoenix Museum of Art when we visited in late December, 2017, but you should check the most current schedule.
4.5 based on 147 reviews
Scouted the lake for a future kayak visit. Looks like a good spot. Will come back for some paddling soon.
4.5 based on 112 reviews
Peavine has a great walking path that goes forever; and if you'd like to really "hike" you can choose to go on another path and get your workout. The scenery is peaceful and some of the area's best; whether long or short time allowing, you can't go wrong on the Peavine.
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Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Located in scenic Prescott, Arizona, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. With the mission of "Conservation through Education," Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary provides a unique and up-close experience with animals visitors may see nowhere else. Animals at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary all have a story to tell and lesson to teach. We currently house more than 200 animals on our grounds - among them a Bengal Tiger, two Black Bears, two Clouded Leopard siblings, Mexican Gray Wolves, Bobcats, Lynx, Lemurs, various reptiles, and one of the largest tarantula displays in the Southwest.
As the name above indicates, this isn't really a zoo, it is a sanctuary. I went at opening and so didn't see all the animals. Some were still sleeping, some were being fed and some of the enclosures were empty. But that is normal anywhere you go where there are animals. Being a sanctuary, the enclosures were all metal fencing, but you can tell they made an effort to make the environment as stimulating as possible. Some of the exhibits were locked when I cam by (tarantula house) and the bathrooms were locked. Apparently people don't worry about having everything open before the public comes in. But they were all busy feeding animals and cleaning enclosures, so I didn't get too upset. I really enjoyed two young lynx's playing with each other. The tiger did not seem happy at all having people around. But since she was separated from the two brothers she had grown up with, I might understand her attitude since she was now all alone. The lemurs were fun to watch also running around their cage. For the most part they seemed to be happy in their surroundings.
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