Welcome to Explore Prescott!
Prescott Arizona is an amazing location. Surrounded by national forests, hosting a historic downtown, and offering a multitude of activities in the area, it's an outdoor enthusiast's dream!
Many people have heard of Prescott. Voted one of the ten best places to retire in multiple magazines year after year, people often associate the town with "retirement." And that's accurate. It is a great place to retire to. But there's a lot more to the place than just retiring.
The outdoor activities here are amazing. And that's why this website was launched in 2017. We wanted to feature all there is to do here and share it with you. Whether you're thinking about moving or retiring to "Everybody's Hometown," or you're just thinking about paying a visit, we've assembled Explore Prescott in order to show you all there is to do!
And with that all said, we invite you to explore the site. From hiking, running, cycling, mountain biking, paddling, backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing.....whew.....and more, there's something here for anyone interested in enjoying the outdoors!
A Different View of Prescott
Below are just a small sample of videos showing off the landscape and recreation opportunities Prescott has to offer.
Start of Summer in the Granite Dells and Watson Lake
It's that season again in Prescott Arizona. The summer season offers so many interesting things to do. Forest Service Parks, City Parks, events on the square, and so much more.
Virtual Tour - Courthouse Square Downtown
Tis Art Gallery Downtown Prescott
Prescott Christmas Lights - Courthouse
Highlighted Recreation Areas
Must Visit Locations in Prescott AZ
The Prescott Circle Trail
The Circle Trail - Prescott's Newest Addition For Outdoor Enthusiasts
The City of Prescott is an amazing area to live and visit. For years the city has boasted some amazing outdoor recreational opportunities. From Granite Basin's Forest Service lands, to Thumb Butte, to Goldwater Lake's city park, and over to the Granite Dells with Watson and Willow Lake city parks, the city is surrounded by amazing locations to spend a day! With trails surrounding the entire city, is it any wonder that at some point someone would have the idea to tie many of these locations together?
The Circle Trail now interconnects some of Prescott's outdoor icons. It's more than a 50 mile circuit around the city, and passes through forest service land, private land, and city owned property as well. Visitors looking to spend some time following the trail will be delighted with the varied landscapes offered around the city, and they'll also enjoy Prescott's year round mild temperatures.
From Granite Basin through to Thumb Butte, and beyond toward Goldwater Lake and eventually to "P" mountain, trail users will find themselves in dense pine forests. They'll also get to see some scenic water features at both Granite Mountain and Goldwater lake.
Heading north from "P" mountain visitors will delight with the views of the Granite Dells, and Watson and Willow Lake city parks. Just an FYI, Willow Lake is also known as "Heritage Park." The terrain and elevation changes going through the Granite Dells is a little easier than the jaunt through the mountains offered by Granite Basin and Thumb Butte. And the granite formations are incredibly scenic.
From Watson and Willow, trail users will cross along Embry Riddle Aeronautical University toward Granite Mountain, and Granite Basin. No matter where you start from, or how far you go, the trail offers a great variety of terrain, offering you options for a day on a section of the Circle Trail, or for a few days circumnavigating the City.
You don't have to do it all in one day!
Remember, you don't have to push out 50 miles in a single day. You can explore Prescott AZ at your own pace. Mountain bikers could easily complete the circuit in a day, long distance runners too. But this isn't a race. The trail offers days of enjoyment, and leads you to some incredibly scenic areas. Why not take the time to absorb it all, and give yourself a few leisurely days circling the City of Prescott? Better yet, explore Prescott and all it has to offer over a few days!