Prescott Travel Guide

Prescott, Arizona is a city with a rich old-west history, enjoyable climate and modern conveniences. It is considered one of the top emerging metropolitan cities in the country. The city sits at 5,200 feet above sea level, surrounded by towering ponderosa pine. It was once the territorial capital of the state and is rich with history. You can wrap yourself in the days of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, spend your time in the great outdoors, communing with nature, or a combination of both.

Things to see and do in Prescott

Prescott is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo which is part of Prescott Frontier Days in late June and early July. The rodeo consists of roughstock, or judged, events like bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, as well as time events including steer wrestling, tie-down, team roping and barrel racing.

Lynx Lake – Prescoot, Arizona

A fisherman in a red kayak with bent fishing rod reels in a fish in a placid backwater bay on Lynx Lake surrounded by lush forest foliage in sunrise illumination.

The Whiskey Off-Road, hosted by Epic Rides, the City of Prescott and the Prescott National Forest is a three-day mountain bike event held the end of April each year.

Visit Lynx Lake for some of the best boating and fishing in the area. The area is suitable for walking, strollers and wheelchairs. Hiking trails nearby allow you to access the Lynx Creek Ruin archeological site, the Salida Gulch trailhead and the gold-panning area.

The Sharlot Hall Museum recognizes the work of Sharlot Hall who was a frontier poet and the first female public official in Arizona after being appointed territorial historian. The museum is a pioneer village that centers on the original Governor’s Mansion as well as the relocated home of John Charles Fremont, the fifth territorial governor. It also includes a ranch house and school house that provide visitors with the tight quarters shared by the settlers of Arizona.

Watson Lake sits in the rocky wonderland of Granite Dells and offers a trail that loops around the lake for hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. Thumb Butte, a prominent granite landmark, can be seen from downtown, but you can take a short hike to the top on a fun stroll through pine forests.

Take the family to the Heritage Park Zoo to view animals rescued from the wild or from inappropriate captive situations. Visit the Tarantula Grotto and Reptile House. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while the kids enjoy the playground.

Climate conditions

Prescott offers pleasant year-round temperatures even though the city has four distinct seasons. Humidity is low and the city sits about one mile above the oppressive heat of the desert. In early spring, winter storms can still bring light snowfall to the area and nights can be cool. Temperatures warm steadily through May and June. The monsoon season begins in July, sometimes bringing torrential downpours in the afternoon. At noon the temperature can be over 90 degrees, but drop to below 70 at night. Warm days and cool nights return in fall, which is drier than summer. In winter, days are cooler but nights can be freezing. There are occasional rain and snowstorms with an average snowfall of 26 inches each year.