Twice the Territorial Capitol of Arizona, nestled in the mountains amid three national forests, 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, is the historic town of Prescott.
Founded as a mining town in 1864 Prescott is home to hundreds of nationally registered historical buildings. The history of the Wild West is well preserved and evident throughout the town with its numerous festivals, architecture, arts and humanities, antique shops and museums (Smoki Museum, The Phippen Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum & the Softball Hall of Fame) as well as the infamous Worlds’ Oldest Rodeo held annually since 1888.
The mile high elevation is responsible for the moderate four seasons Prescott experiences. The weather is almost ideal all year and its beauty draws many visitors from around the world. For the outdoor enthusiast there are mountains and forests to explore via mountain bike or hiking trails with lakes to fish, canoe or kayak and rocks to climb and golf courses.
Watson Lake & Willow Lake provide the opportunity to canoe, kayak or paddle boat while viewing local, migrating & water birds. Lynx Lake is stocked for fishing and boating. If you are not interested in fishing, the Highlands Center for Natural History is an excellent resource on local plant life, climate conditions and hikes and bird walks.
For those who wish to exercise on foot, the Whiskey Row Marathon presents a great challenge as well as several other unique road races thru the year. Mountain bike enthusiasts can participate in the Whiskey Row Off Road Race and the Skull Valley Loop challenge offering gorgeous scenery and a great work out. Keep in mind there are hundreds of paths in the area for hiking, biking or walking. The Fall colors are spectacular as well when the leaves change.
When you visit Prescott and see the unique town square with its original courthouse, shops, restaurants, saloons, theater, museums and breweries you understand why it is known as “Everybody’s Home Town” as well as “Arizona’s Christmas City.”
The Wild West is evident as visitors walk around town and experience Whiskey Row, the ranchers and cowboys in town who readily share stories of life in the West. Downtown Prescott also offers wonderful dining experiences, live music in many venues each weekend and great shops to explore!
The Fourth Friday Art Walk is held year round. Many of the local galleries are open late in the evening and artists are on hand to discuss their creations. Live music and refreshments are also provided for visitors. Yavapai College’s Performance Center, Prescott Center for the Arts and the Elks Opera House present musical concerts, theater, ballet, choral groups and comedy from around the world for your entertainment. During the summer months, there is live music twice a week on the Courthouse Square for free! Drawing guests from many areas, the Prescott Jazz Summit and the Blue Grass Festival have been held for many years to the delight of crowds. Each December the Acker Music Festival is held on the first Friday and the streets are closed to traffic. Live entertainment is exhibited at over 100 restaurants, saloons, galleries and stores. This is truly an unique Prescott experience.
The best in Western art is displayed each Memorial Day weekend at the Phippen Museum’s juried art festival. Exhibitors display unique Western paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures and sketches. This event is highly regarded by artists in the USA. Naturally, the museum is open year round offering artists’ discussions, classes and exhibits.
Visit Prescott soon and enjoy the hospitality of the residents and the wonderful bed and breakfast inns and experience a different perspective of Arizona!