Things to Do in Prescott
Prescott is ideally located. It stands at an elevation of 5300 feet in the cool pines and mountain air halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The original site of the capitol when Arizona was a territory. Prescott's rich history can still be traced in the buildings of famous Whiskey Row, the Courthouse Plaza, and the Sharlot Hall Museum.
Known as "everybody's home town", Prescott is home to the world's oldest rodeo, countless art and craft fairs, dozens of antique stores, art galleries and one-of-a kind restaurants. Within the city limits you will also find two casinos, a zoo, and five museums.
If that doesn't keep you occupied, and you are looking for more active pleasures, then you can enjoy over 400 miles of hiking trails, a zoo, four lakes offering fishing, kayaking and sailing, fifteen area parks and one hundred and eight holes of golf!
Looking to explore farther afield? The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Jerome, the Verde Canyon Railway and the experimental urban design laboratory of Arcosanti are all within 1-2 hours of scenic driving. And don't miss Arizona's only wildlife park, "Out of Africa," just outside of Cottonwood.
- Grand Canyon - No photograph can prepare you for the awesome reality of the Grand Canyon, nor would any trip to Arizona be complete without a visit. From Prescott, head north on Hwy. 89 through the historic towns of Chino Valley and Paulden to Ash Fork. Head east on I-40 to Williams, then north on 64 to Grand Canyon. An easy round-trip of 265 miles takes you through a variety of spectacular scenery.
- Soldiers Trail to Flagstaff - From Prescott head southeast through Prescott Valley to Dewey, then east on Hwy 169 to Camp Verde. Head north on I-17 and look out for the signs to Montezuma's Castle and Montezuma's Well, ancient Indian cliff dwellings from the 12th and 13th centuries. Continue north to Flagstaff, home to numerous museums, Lowell Observatory, more cliff dwellings, and in winter, the Snowbowl- Northern Arizona's premier alpine ski resort. This is a comfortable round-trip of 175 miles.
- Wickenburg & Arcosanti - Head south on Hwy. 89 on the Southern Loop to Skull Valley, where the old general store, post office, church, school and railroad depot still stand. Continue on to Peeples Valley-Yarnell to Congress, an old gold mining town, then south to Wickenburg, with its frontier streets and museums. After a stop at Lake Pleasant, head north on I-17 to Cordes Junction and a visit to Arconsanti, Paolo Soleri's futuristic model community. Head west on Hwy. 69 back to Prescott. This round-trip is approximately 205 miles.
Willow Lake and Watson Lake are both located just minutes from downtown Prescott, and both provide spectacular views of the Granite Dells.
Lynx Lake is a 55-acre man made lake, created by damming little Lynx Creek in 1962. It is one of the most breathtaking lakes in the Prescott area.
Prescott Area Parks
- Watson Lake - Location: four miles from downtown on Highway 89 North. Facilities: camping sites, boat ramp, fishing, ramadas, picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, playground.
- Goldwater Lake - Location: four miles south of Prescott on Senator Highway (Mt. Vernon Street) Facilities: boat ramp, fishing, ramada, barbecue grills, playground, fishing pier, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, picnic tables, restrooms.
- Roughrider Park Complex - Location: north end of Washington Street. Facilities: three athletic fields, six tennis courts, restrooms, concession stand.
- Ken Lindley Complex - Location: East Gurley Street. Facilities: two softball/soccer/football fields, four tennis courts, ramada, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, concession stand.
- Prescott Activity Center - Location: East Gurley Street adjacent to Ken Lindley Complex. Facilities: Multi-purpose community center, gymnasium, meeting rooms, restrooms.
- A.C. Williams/Granite Creek Park - Location: Sixth Street along Granite Creek. Facilities: ramada, picnic tables, barbecue grills, horseshoe pits, walking course or jogging trail, restrooms.
- Flinn Park - Location: corner of Linwood and Josephine streets. Facilities: ramada, picnic tables, softball/baseball field, basketball court, playground, restrooms.
- Peppertree Mini-Park - Location: corner of Tamarack lane and Delano street. Facilities: Playground, picnic table.
- Willow Creek Park - Location: north of the junction of Willow Lake and Willow Creek roads. Facilities: ramada, softball field, horseshoe pits, barbecue grills, restrooms.
- Heritage Park - Location: Willow Creek Road, north of Willow Lake Park. Facilities: softball/soccer fields, ramadas, picnic tables, concession stand, trails, wildlife viewing, playground.
- Smoki Museum - The Museum houses irreplaceable collections of prehistoric and contemporary pottery, prehistoric jewelry and stone artifacts. The Smoki Museum exhibits also include an outstanding collection of Southwest basketry and kachinas. Among the museum's many valued collections are artist Kate Cory's numerous photographs, paintings and documents.
The Smoki Museum welcomes school groups, civic organizations and travel groups. Our facilities are available for classes. A comprehensive library of books on American Indian archaeology and ethnography is available for research. The Museum Trading Post offers affordable arts and crafts created by Native North and South Americans, as well as several Southwest publications.
- Sharlot Hall Museum - The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona, and is dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history. Founded by historian and poet Sharlot M. Hall in 1928, the Museum today explores the rich diversity of regional heritage through festivals, living history events, outdoor theater performances, changing exhibits, publications and research services.
- Phippen Museum - George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, leaving behind a group of artists interested in creating a facility that specifically represented artists in the American West. In 1974, the George Phippen Memorial Foundation was formed to create a centralized venue that would fully support Western Art. With the assistance of a dedicated core of volunteers, the George Phippen Memorial Foundation began organizing fundraisers for the creation of their museum. The first annual Memorial Day Show was presented at the Prescott Public Library in 1974, featuring the finest of western sculptors and painters. For ten years, this show was the only financial means of the Foundation.
- The Rose Restaurant - Casual fine dining with an American - continental menu; this would be our recommendation for that special occasion.
234 S Cortez St. (928-777-8308)
- Papa's Uptown - Family owned, with a wide selection of pasta dishes, great pizza and nightly dinner specials.
129-1/2 N. Cortez (928-776-4880)
- El Gato Azul - Authentic Spanish menu in this intimate bistro style restaurant, go for the Tapa's.
318 W Goodwin St. (928-445-1070)
- Genovese's - Fine Italian cuisine in the center of town.
217 W Gurley St. (928-541-9089)
- Murphy's - Claim to have the best steaks in town, but it's the salmon you should try.
201 N Cortez St. (928-445-4044)
- Gurley St. Grill - If you don't know what it is you are hungry for, you will find it on the menu at this great American grille.
230 W Gurley St. (928-445-3388)
- Prescott Station Grill & Bar - Big, bold flavors from around the world, specializing in Southwest cuisine.
200 E. Gurley St. (928-778-0133)
- Iron Springs Cafe - Great southwest flavor in this unique old wooden railroad building.
1501 West Iron Springs Rd. (928-443-8848)