LOST HISTORY OF THE YAVAPAI COUNTY COURTHOUSE

by Drew Desmond, Contributing Writer,  Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc. Had it been challenged, the construction of the Yavapai County Courthouse would not have stood up in court. When bids were received for the job, all were over budget. In response, county supervisors worked solely with the lowest bidder, changing specifications to reduce the cost. … Read More…

TOURISM AND THE NORTHERN ARIZONA ECONOMY

by Teri Drew, Regional Director, Northern Arizona Council of Governments Something most people may not know is that for more than two decades the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) has been a strong partner in the planning, promotion and support of the tourism industry in Northern Arizona. The NACOG Tourism Committee is a group … Read More…

EXPERIENCE GREATER PRESCOTT

When you want a real mountain town experience, coupled with a healthy dose of history, outdoor activities to stretch those muscles, community festivals and unique dining options, Prescott is the one destination that offers it all. Western culture and charm make the downtown district and Courthouse Square a big draw for visitors. The area’s natural … Read More…

15TH ANNUAL PRESCOTT GEM & MINERAL SHOW/SALE

by Max Hatch, Founding Member, Prescott Gem & Mineral Club In 2002 the Prescott Gem & Mineral club was busy organizing itself, and some of the members of the club decided to promote a sale and show. About six to eight members set up a “tailgate show” at the Yavapai County Fair at the Yavapai … Read More…

IT’S HIKING SEASON

by Margo Christensen, Ponderosa Hotel Management Services, LLC/Board Chair, City of Prescott Tourism Advisory Committee The kids are out of school and the spring winds are behind us (hopefully), so now is the time to head out and hit the trails and lakes. Thanks to the amazing staff at the City of Prescott Parks and … Read More…

HISTORIC CHARM MEETS MODERN-DAY FUN AND ADVENTURE IN PRESCOTT

Historic downtown Prescott boasts a friendly, come-stay-awhile vibe with eclectic shops, unique eateries, walking-friendly historic sites and lush green grass under the shady courthouse trees. As you stroll past any of the more than 800 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find many places to grab a fast meal or relax during … Read More…

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AWAITS

Outdoor enthusiasts will want to conquer the hundreds of miles of designated trails in the immediate Prescott area. More than 15 distinctive named hiking, biking (and sometimes horse) trails wiggle through the natural scenic beauty of the community and the Prescott National Forest. Difficulty? From “Novice to “Expert.” If you want water activities, you’ll enjoy … Read More…

MERRY AND BRIGHT

Known as Arizona’s Christmas City, Prescott shows off its holiday spirit in grand style. The area around the Courthouse is home for unequaled holiday festivities that begin in late November. The first is the colorful Holiday Light Parade, where decorated floats and holiday music will have you smiling. To warm up after the evening parade, … Read More…

MUSEUMS ABOUND

Fort Whipple Museum The museum is on the grounds of the VA Hospital on Hwy. 89 in Prescott and traces the history of Fort Whipple with living history programs and exhibits of Army weaponry, the Buffalo Soldiers, maps, photographs and memoirs. Hwy. 89 at VA Medical Center & Hwy. 69, 928-445-3122, sharlot.org/home/fort-whipple. Phippen Museum An … Read More…