Things to Do in Prescott AZ
Prescott is characterized by a mild four-season environment, making it an exceptional year-round recreation destination. With a national park system, an active parks and recreation department, equestrian and hiking trails, seven challenging golf courses and much more, Prescott is certainly the place to be when it comes to outdoor activity.
PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST
Stretching over 1.25 million acres, the Prescott National Forest affords visitors more than 450 miles of recreation trails – including one National Recreational Trail (Granite Mountain Trail) and one National Historic Study Trail (General Crook Trail) – five lake areas, a host of campgrounds, seven picnic areas and an abundance of outdoor activities.
344 S. Cortez Street
928-443-8000 • 928-443-8001 (TTY)
The Prescott area is a very popular destination for mountain bikers who enjoy hundreds of miles of diverse terrain, with trails for all levels of riders from beginner to pro! Prescott offers events such as duathlon, 12-hour and endurance mountain biking events. There are also many opportunities for road bikes, including numerous road routes and special events. In 2012, the 9th annual Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike competition attracted 1,700 bikers and more are expected in 2013. $30,000 in prize money awaited the winners in 2012. The event is held the last weekend in April each year.
PRESCOTT PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers an array of programs and events for youth/teen, adult and special needs residents, as well as facilities designed for a number of activities. The department oversees a host of public parks and lakes, which are equipped with everything including multi-purpose trails, picnic sites, tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, playground equipment, skate parks, water sports and baseball, softball, football and soccer fields.
125 N. Arizona
PRESCOTT YMCA OF YAVAPAI COUNTY
Since its establishment in the community in 1914, the Prescott YMCA has been an important resource for recreation, education and overall wellness for toddlers through seniors. The current facility, the Harold James YMCA Community Center, features such amenities as a 6,200-square-foot fitness and wellness center, a full-size gymnasium, group exercise studios, a gymnastics center, a 25-yard lap pool, an activity pool and more. On top of this is the YMCA’s full range of programming for youth/teen and adults. Sports leagues, before- and after-school programs, swimming lessons, scuba training, childcare and an array of special events are only some of the offerings available at the Prescott YMCA.
750 Whipple Street
Antelope Hills’ traditional North Course opened in 1956, with the city opening the second course, the South Course, in 1992. Both 18-hole championship courses are set in the beautiful scenery of this Arizona region and offer a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. The course also plays host to more than 200 tournaments and events each year.
Antelope Hills Golf Course–North Course and South Course (Public)
1 Perkins Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
928-776-7888 • 800-972-6818
One feature that distinguishes StoneRidge from other Arizona golf courses is its stunning location. Nestled in the heart of Northern Arizona, StoneRidge Golf Course offers players scenic views and more than 350 feet of dramatic elevation changes from lowest green to highest tee. At 5,200-feet elevation, the 7,052-yard, par 72 golf club is carved in the stone ridges and boulder outcroppings of Prescott Valley.
StoneRidge Golf Course (Public)
1601 Bluff Top Drive, Prescott Valley
928-772-6500 • www.stoneridgegolf.com
The private Hassayampa Golf Club boasts a challenging par 71 Tom Weiskopf Signature Design 18-hole golf course. Situated at the base of Thumb Butte Mountain, golfers are afforded a spectacular backdrop on all sides. The course is complemented by a beautiful 30,000-square-foot clubhouse with four dining options, the Headwaters Fitness Center, golf shop, spa and men’s and women’s locker room area.
Hassayampa Golf Club (Private)
2060 Golf Club Lane
928-445-0009 • www.hassayampagolf.com
At the center of this prime golf community is the 18-hole Hale Irwin Signature Golf Course, an exciting course surrounded by the beauty of the Granite Dells, Mingus Mountain and Thumb Butte. Golfers can also take advantage of an extensive practice facility, complete with a driving range, target greens, a chipping area and a putting green. In addition, the club has an extensive athletic facility featuring cardio and weight equipment, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tub. The Clubhouse building features an upscale casual restaurant with a breath taking view and a full service banquet facility. Membership is by invitation only.
The Club at Prescott Lakes (Private)
311 E. Smoke Tree Lane
928-443-3500 • www.prescottlakesgolf.com
The Talking Rock Golf Club was designed to preserve the magnificent landscape that exists in this area. The private 18-hole course was a vision of architect Jay Morrish, and offers excellent opportunities for golfers from novice through professional. The club is also equipped with an 18-acre practice area for those looking to hone their golf skills.
Talking Rock Golf Club (Private)
14503 N. Talking Rock Ranch Road
928-493-7000 • 877-922-0440