A great advantage to living in Prescott Arizona is the proximity to all of Arizona’s scenic wonders, like the Grand Canyon.  However, there are numerous outdoor activities right here in the Prescott area.  Take rock climbing in the Granite Dells or bouldering out in Groom Creek, maybe a day in the kayak at Watson Lake, there is always plenty to do.  Grab a picnic and head over to Goldwater Lake, then throw a few lines in the water as well.

Hiking usually comes to mind first when talking about Prescott’s outdoor activities.  Some of the classic Prescott hiking trails are Thumb Butte Trail #33, the views go on forever at the top of Spruce Mountain Trail #307, or hike to the top of Granite Mountain via trail #261.  There are also numerous trails in the picturesque Granite Dells near Watson & Willow Lakes, a favorite being the Constellation Trails.

View of Willow Lake with the Granite Dells in Background

Up for an off-road adventure drive to the top of Spruce Mountain in Groom Creek via Spruce Mountain Road.  The Bradshaw Mountains offer many forest roads for hours of exploring.  Spend a fun Saturday driving (with a high clearance 4x4 vehicle) to the old mining town of Crown King.

The Peavine Trail and Iron King Trail are excellent for walking and biking.   The trails are wide and are from an old railroad bed, so the grade is minimal, great for a nice flat ride through the scenic Granite Dells and Watson Lake.

Bike Riders Enjoy the Peavine Trail

If you’re looking for a more adventurous bike trail, try the Homestead Trail near Lynx Lake.  There is also a very nice campground at Lynx Lake.  There are numerous other bike friendly trails all throughout the Prescott National Forest.  Prescott is even home to an annual mountain bike race called the Whiskey Off Road.

The Prescott area also offers several good areas for birdwatching.  One of these is the Watson Woods, which you can access from the same parking lot as the Peavine Trail.  An ideal place for birds with large cottonwood trees, a wildlife pond and the seasonal Granite Creek which flows into nearby Watson Lake.

If you’re up for camping with a view, drive up the top of Mingus Mountain, there are campsites on the edge the mountain that overlook the Verde Valley, very spectacular views!   While you are there check out Mingus Lake for some fishing and the Woodchute Wilderness for hiking or horseback riding.

Hiking in the Prescott National Forest

This really is just scratching the surface of all the outdoor adventures that await you here in the Prescott area.  There always seems to be a new trail to explore, a forest road not yet travelled, or family and friends to show your favorite places.

There are a wide variety of outdoor adventures that await you, right here in Prescott.  Those of us who call Prescott home are pretty spoiled to have all this right at our doorstep.  Prescott truly is an amazing place to live!

What did we miss?  Where are your favorite places to explore in the Prescott area?

View from the top of Spruce Mountain



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