Hiking in Prescott Arizona

There are many great locations for hiking in Prescott.  If you’d like to take a walk on top of granite formations, you’re covered.  Looking to walk among the pines?  The area offers that as well.  Want to enjoy a relaxing stroll near water features?  Well, Prescott offers that as well.

Varied terrain, low impact hiking, and trails for beginners and experts alike.  That’s what you can expect if you pay a visit intending on hiking in Prescott.

Pick almost any direction from downtown and you’ll quickly find somewhere to hike.  South on 89 you can stop into the White Spar National Forest camping area, a great location to access the Circle Trail.  Head west of the downtown area and you’ll find yourself out near Thumb Butte (which you can see from dowtown).  Northwest you’ll find Granite Mountain, and the Granite Basin National forest area, with trails galore.  4 miles north of town you’ll find yourself in the Granite Dells.  And if you drive out toward Route 17 you’ll come across the Lynx Lake National Forest area.  Prescott is truly surrounded by amazing hiking opportunities!

Hiking Trails in the area

As noted above, the trails here vary.  From walking along rock formations to heading off into dense pine forests, the area offers a mix for all skills and abilities.  As Explore Prescott grows we’ll be adding trail reports from each trail in the area.  Remember, the trails are often mixed use so you’ll be sharing your outdoor experience with mountain bikers and horseback riders alike.

Be sure to get the Prescott Trails map from the City.  Click here to download a PDF copy of the trails map.

Hiking Opportunities Abound!

A recent hike found us visiting Goldwater Lake.  We took a 5 mile hike from Goldwater to White Spar along the Circle Trail.  This walk is only one example of great hiking in Prescott AZ!  Keep watching the site for more hikes from scenic locations throughout the area.

Great locations for taking a walk!

Some of our favorite locations for taking a hike around Prescott include the following parks and recreation areas.  Take a scenic tour, or make some miles at over 6,000 feet above sea level.

  • Granite Mountain at Granite Basin USFS Prescott Arizona Photographer Rich Charpentier
    READ MORE
    Granite Basin
    Granite Basin – National Forest Service From almost anywhere in town the majestic Granite Mountain can be seen in the...
  • Goldwater Lake Prescott Arizona City Park Paddling canoeing kayaking fishing
    READ MORE
    Goldwater Lake City Park, Prescott AZ
     Goldwater Lake  Goldwater Lake, Another City of Prescott Park If you haven't noticed a trend here on Explore Prescott, here it...
  • Paddle kayak Watson Lake Park in Prescott Arizona photographer Rich Charpentier
    READ MORE
    The Granite Dells
    The Granite Dells One of Prescott AZ's treasures has to be the Granite Dells.  A little over 4 miles North...
  • Watson Lake High Sun Prescott Arizona Photographer Richard Charpentier
    READ MORE
    Watson Lake
    Watson Lake Park, Prescott AZ Watson Lake park is part of the Granite Dells.  The dells are a unique area,...
  • Monsoons bring stunning sunrises and sunsets in Prescott AZ
    READ MORE
    Willow Lake
    Willow Lake Park, Prescott AZ *Note:  Also known as Heritage Park, Prescott Arizona. Willow Lake park is part of the Granite...
  • Thumb Butte Forest Service Prescott Arizona Photographer Rich Charpentier
    READ MORE
    Thumb Butte
    Thumb Butte When visitors think of the Prescott AZ skyline two very distinct areas come to mind.  Granite mountain, located...

Recent posts that include Hiking in them!

  • Prescott Circle Trail Mountain Bike Hiking Trail Whiskey Off-Road
    The Prescott Circle Trail
  • Watson Lake Park Prescott Arizona Recreation Camping
    Watson Lake Park
  • Horseback riding Granite Basin Recreation Area Prescott AZ
    Granite Basin
  • Constellation Trail Granite Dells Prescott Arizona Photographer Rich Charpentier
    A Hike on the Constellation Trail - Prescott AZ
  • A stop along the Peavine Trail Mountain Bike Ride Prescott AZ
    The Peavine Trail Prescott AZ - Bike, Hike, Run, and Relax
  • The Prescott Circle Trail Watson and Willow Lake Section
    5 mile sections of The Prescott Circle Trail - Peavine to Willow Lake
  • Goldwater Lake to White Spar Campground Trail Map
    5 mile sections of The Prescott Circle Trail - Goldwater Lake to White Spar Campground
  • Hiking in Prescott, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, in Prescott AZ
    2 sections of the Circle Trail you can skip
  • Legal drone photography Prescott Arizona safe flight planning
    Photographing Prescott from on high. Drone Photography