Whenever I tell people about Prescott and why it’s such a wonderful place to live, I always boast about all Prescott has for outdoor activities and adventures.
The funny thing is, I think most proud Prescottonians share my appreciation for the abundance of outdoor things to do. In fact, Prescott has become a destination location for its outdoor offerings.
Let’s start with the basics. The weather is usually gorgeous here! We have the pleasure of almost year-round outside activities to choose from. Here’s a few highlights to select from:
Recreation Services of the City of Prescott is hosting over 100 events and tournaments this summer alone at Pioneer Park. From soccer, softball and baseball tournaments for all ages — (kids and adults) to tennis, volleyball and pickleball, there is something going on.
Peg Travers, Chair for the Prescott Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, is proud of the events offered by Recreation Services: “I think Prescott’s outdoor program is the best in the state. They organize amazing events including the Whiskey Row Boot Race, all the Pioneer Park activities, plus they manage our beautiful trail system. There is literally something fun for everyone to do outdoors in Prescott.” For more information and activities go to www.prescott-az.gov
Prescott hiking trails — These offer everything from a leisurely stroll on the Peavine Trail to a more robust hike up Constellation Trail or the iconic Thumb Butte trail, where you have two choices — the easy or hard way. There’s also camping areas at Watson Lake. Whew!
On a personal basis, I try to do at least one outdoor activity daily. From a round of golf with friends to swimming, playing tennis and/or pickleball, there is never a lack of outdoor activities to participate in. I also love to ride my bike for fitness and fun.
It’s not just physical activities people enjoy. Many folks enjoy the stunning sunset over Granite Mountain or sitting on a bench off Willow Lake, painting or snapping pictures of The Granite Dells and all its wonder.
It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures in life. There’s nothing better than having dinner on my deck with my family eating a delicious homegrown salad and inhaling the fresh air and watching the sunset over Granite Mountain.
That is the essence of a great summer night in Prescott.