Best Winter Treks in Greater Prescott

by Blake Herzog The hiking scene in Prescott becomes less active in the winter, but it’s by no means dormant. There’s less traffic on the trails, rivers and creeks are flowing, surrounding peaks are snowcapped, and when you get to walk on snow it cushions your joints. You get to see the green world you … Read More…

Prescott’s ‘Central Park’ Gets Upgrades

by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Coordinator, City of Prescott A.C. Williams, a pioneer in Parks and Recreation in Prescott and the department’s first director, was said to have aspirations for growing present day Granite Creek Park into Prescott’s version of Central Park in New York City. Some recent improvements have helped. Williams said park development was … Read More…

Immerse Yourself in the Magic of Autumn Forests

by Blake Herzog We don’t need to have orange, red and yellow leaves to make a fall weekend in the woods magnificent. They do contribute, to be sure, but our lush green pines and the dignified trunks and branches of trees that have already dropped their leaves combine to create a landscape of transition, an … Read More…

Discover Chino Valley Tourism Campaign Launched

by Maggie Tidaback, Economic Development Project Manager, Town of Chino Valley The Office of Economic Development has partnered with the Arizona Office of Tourism to launch the first-ever tourism campaign for the Town of Chino Valley. The cooperative program between the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Town was awarded in 2020 and consisted of … Read More…

Outdoor Adventures to Thrill the Whole Family

by Blake Herzog Summer is cooling down and soon will be leading into autumn, when the slight chill and changing colors will make it another fantastic season for the family to adventure through Greater Prescott! There’s no better way to absorb some sunshine, inhale fresh mountain air and bring everyone a little bit closer. Remember … Read More…

Partners in Nature, Education: Acker Park Features New Story Walk

by Madison Link, GEM Environmental, and Kelly Tolbert, City of Prescott Recreation Services In honor of Women’s History Month 2021, GEM Environmental created and installed a story walk along Tom’s Trail in Acker Park to recognize the amazing achievements of five female minority STEM professionals. The stories spotlight Mary G. Ross, Maryam Mirzakhani, Mamie Phipps … Read More…

Watersports: a Whale of a Good Time

by Blake Herzog Especially for a community that doesn’t sit on the coast or a Havasu-sized lake, Greater Prescott residents and visitors love to be on the water. Since most of the area’s recreational lakes allow only nonmotorized crafts, although in some cases they permit motorized boats, it’s a playground for those who want to … Read More…

Prescott Offers Variety of Ways to Explore Outdoors

by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Coordinator, City of Prescott Prescott’s mild climate and mostly sunny days allow for plenty of opportunities to explore the natural environment. Approximately 105 miles of multiuse trails, along with over 450 miles of Prescott National Forest trails, are offered in Prescott and surrounding communities — perfect for mountain bikers, rock climbers, … Read More…

Outside is Good for Your Insides 

by Blake Herzog It’s getting warmer outside, so if you haven’t been already it’s time to think about how to start routing your life into the out-of-doors by any means possible. You’ll get healthier and happier as you enjoy the beauty of our mountain setting.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Americans spend an average … Read More…