Take A Look Around Watson Lake Park In 2022

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We’re well into Prescott’s busy season.  The temperatures are warmer, events on the square are occuring almost every weekend, and visitors are enjoying their time in “Everyone’s Home Town.” During the busy season we’ll be assembling a few updated videos here at Explore Prescott.  Today we’ll be sharing our latest video around Watson Lake Park.  It’s one of our favorite …

Watson Lake Park is Now Open!

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This is just a short post today to let everyone know that Watson Lake Park is has officially reopened to the public! Goldwater Lake re-opened May 8th. The multiple crews and agencies fighting the Crooks Fire had their base camp set up at Watson but now that the fire’s been expertly handled the crews are heading back to their home …

Recreation Access Is Limited

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As you may(or may not) have heard there is a wildfire currently burning south of Prescott. On April 18, 2022 the Crooks Fire began about 10 miles south of Prescott. The cause has not been determined as of this blog post and is still under investigation. The fire is around 6400 acres with under 25% containment at this time due …

Willow Lake Park Virtual Tour – Prescott Arizona

 Willow Lake is another Prescott City Park located in the Granite Dells.  It’s “right around the corner” from Watson Lake and the Prescott Circle Trail connects both Willow and Watson Lake. Like Watson Lake, Willow offers a small boat launch, multiple covered picnic areas, a historic archeology site, and miles of trails for visitors to explore.  Visitors can enjoy …

Photographing Prescott from on high. Drone Photography

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As a recently licensed commercial drone pilot I’ve got to say that the Prescott area offers a lot of scenic views for drone photography.  Places like the Granite Dells, Granite Basin, Thumb Butte, Lynx Lake, and Goldwater lake offer some amazing visual opportunities.  With that said, aerial photography with drones in the tri-city area offer some major challenges as well.  …

Monsoon season in the Granite Dells 2017

Monsoons in the Granite Dells Watson Lake and Willow Lake photographer Rich Charpentier

Arizona’s Monsoons are something to be seen.  Incredibly powerful storms, amazing cloud builds every afternoon, and the skies afterward are completely enchanting.  Throughout the entire state, the monsoon season leaves many people in awe.  And when it comes to scenes from the 2017 monsoon season, Watson Lake and Willow Lake in Prescott Arizona’s Granite Dells offered a lot to visitors …

5 mile sections of The Prescott Circle Trail – Peavine to Willow Lake

The Prescott Circle Trail Watson and Willow Lake Section

The Prescott Circle Trail is over 50 miles in length.  While completing it in a single day is possible for mountain bikers and trail runners, realistically for “the rest of us” we might want to take a slower approach.  With that in mind, Explore Prescott will be doing a series of short sections of the Circle trail for visitors to …

The Peavine Trail Prescott AZ – Bike, Hike, Run, and Relax

A stop along the Peavine Trail Mountain Bike Ride Prescott AZ

Located in the Granite Dells next to Watson Lake Park, visitors to Prescott will find a fun trail for all.  Take a short hike, break out your mountain bike, bring along some cameras and binoculars for bird watching…..whatever you’d like to do.  The Peavine Trail follows an old railroad grade through the Granite Dells.  You don’t have to be a …

A Hike on the Constellation Trail – Prescott AZ

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With so many trails to hike, bike, run, climb, and ride horses along, one of the big issues for this writer is picking a trail to spend so time on. There are so many options in the Prescott area. Honestly, almost every trail around the city is scenic, so you’re always sure to have a good time. One trail that …

Watson Lake Park

Watson Lake Park Prescott Arizona Recreation Camping

This post is being written after taking a late morning stroll through Watson Lake Park.  Readers should know, this is a beautiful location that is sometimes beyond description.  Stunning granite formations, a lovely small lake (a pond by east coast standards), hiking trails, boat launches, locals and visitors enjoying the day…..  This park is one of those must see locations.  …