Outside–Delights Surround (But Think Layering)

by Blake Herzog Greater Prescott has a unique position as a winter destination.  It gets enough snow a few times a year to draw hordes from the desert floor to sled and build snowmen in our relatively mild temperatures where the powder often melts away by midday, but in most years doesn’t get the kind … Read More…

GPOF: An Outdoor Fund by and for the People of Prescott

by Ellen Bashor, Community Nature Center Education Directory, City of Prescott • Photo by Ellen Bashor Did you know that many of the trail signs, kiosks, benches, bridges, and more that you see and use along Prescott’s trails are created and funded by local donors just like yourself? That’s right. Our City’s Recreation Services Department … Read More…

Greater Prescott is Greatest for Fall Hikes

Fall in Prescott was created for hikers.  That’s probably not entirely true, but look around — the Bradshaw Mountains and the Sierra Prieta, the Granite Dells, Thumb Butte, Granite Mountain, Glassford Hill and Mingus Mountain beckon as they always do, and the temperatures are perfect for a good workout that won’t overwork your body.  There … Read More…

Changing Face of Recreation; Adapting to Pandemic Demands

by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Coordinator, City of Prescott • Photos by Rick Hormann As we prepare to greet our fall months, there is much to reflect upon as we continue to be adaptable to the uncertain future.  Living during a pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our daily lives. Planning for anything is nearly … Read More…

Camping–Distance Yourself from Everything Except Nature

by Blake Herzog “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein We’ve been struggling to understand a lot of things this summer, one of them being why our options for a vacation to get away from all these things are so limited. Even camping, which has been called “the … Read More…

Guidance Helicopters, Inc. – Training to a Higher Standard

by Blake Herzog John Stonecipher came to Prescott 22 years ago to launch a high-altitude helicopter flight-training school in 1998. Since then, he has pivoted and expanded his businesses throughout the years. The “Guidance” brand is the helicopter industry’s standard for training professional helicopter pilots. John Stonecipher was named Arizona and National Business Person of … Read More…

Be a Responsible Recreation Participant

by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Coordinator, City of Prescott Parks and outdoor recreation facilities are experiencing record numbers of visitation, and it is wonderful to see so many people enjoying, many for the first time, our lovely park lands. Local bicycle shops and national chain stores are reporting trouble keeping enough inventory for demand. Naturally, with … Read More…

CV Model Aviators’ Pylon Races are Good, Cheap Fun

by Bob Shanks, Newsletter Editor, Chino Valley Model Aviators While most of you know I just fly radio-controlled model airplanes for fun, this year I did get involved in our pylon races. Full-sized, high-powered, very expensive airplanes also race around pylons, so this is our miniature version. We had heats of three pilots racing around … Read More…

Greater Prescott Remains Outdoor Recreation Wonderland

by Blake Herzog Once outdoor activity was identified as the last bastion for safe out-of-the-house activity in our current crisis of contagion, the number of visitors to Greater Prescott’s forests, mountains, trails, lakes and creeks has as much as doubled this spring.  We’re squarely into summer now so the number of users, both local and … Read More…

Study Takes New Look at Value of Trails for Communities

by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Coordinator, City of Prescott Unique landscapes ranging from the signature ponderosa and pinion pines scattering the high country, alligator junipers and shrub oaks characteristic to the Central Highlands, to towering saguaro cactuses that are trademarks of the Sonoran Desert, Arizona is brimming with geographic diversity, often surprising visitors and attracting residents … Read More…