Prescott LIVING Annual Showcase 2022-2023

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This book is our gift to you. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it. There is so much to see and do in the Greater Prescott region. We tried to include a little bit of everything. - With love from everyone at ROX Media.


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® BY STUART ROSEBROOK, SON OF JUNIOR BONNER SCREENWRITER JEB ROSEBROOK Fifty years ago, the city of Prescott welcomed a Hollywood film crew & helped make a West n Classic.

Junior Bonner, written by the late screenwriter and Orme School graduate, Jeb Rosebrook, is a deeply personal homage to family, historic Prescott and the small towns and ranchlands of Yavapai County. One reason the film was successful — and remains a snapshot in time and history — was its location manager, William Pierce, the local Arizona Film Commission representative, president of the Fair Association, and the Prescott Jaycees rodeo chairman. The local businessman was well connected, friend to all and not intimidated by Sam Peckinpah or in awe of Steve McQueen. Pierce actually drove the leading man around on his motorcycle to get to locations during the parade sequence. Pierce’s local connections also helped secure a local track for McQueen and his son to race their dirt bikes.


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Pierce was successful in landing the production of Junior Bonner Yavapai County because he recognized the locales my father Jeb Rosebrook wrote about in the script and was able to open doors to secure all the film’s locations. Pierce’s contribution to making the film a reality was so appreciated by the production company, the film ends with a heartfelt message of special thanks to the people of Prescott and Pierce. This heartfelt thanks we should continue to express, for without Bill Pierce and the generosity of spirit of the people of Prescott and Yavapai County, we would not be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1971 production and its subsequent release in 1972.

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Table of Contents Publisher’s Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 City of Prescott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Town of Prescott Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Granite Mountain Hotshots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Prescott Heritage & History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Western Heritage Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Barks & Recreation Dog Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Town of Chino Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Prescott Frontier Days® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . 130 Arts & Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Live Music Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Greater Prescott Dining Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Highlands Center for Natural History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Eat Your Yard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Outside is Where there’s Adventure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Greater Prescott Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Day Trips from Prescott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Featured Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Arizona’s Prime DestinationGreater Prescott 67 Prescott History and Heritage 124 Prescott Frontier Days® 226 Day Trips from Prescott ANNUAL SHOWCASE EDITION 2022-2023 134 Arts & Culture 18 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

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Letter from the Publisher All of us at ROX Media would like to express a sincere thank you to everyone in the community who contributed. The beautiful photography, as well as the articles and information, were provided by these generous partners featured throughout the publication. We couldn’t have done it without you. We truly hope you enjoyed visiting the Greater Prescott region featured throughout our pages. Elaine Earle Elaine Earle Publisher, Prescott LIVING Magazine On the cover: A view of Granite Mountain at sunset from Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

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EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER Elaine M. Earle, CPA ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Laurie Fisher SALES & MARKETING Laurie Fisher Director of Sales & Marketing Julie Turetzky Director of Public Relations Jacey Bailey Executive Sales & Marketing Assistant Jenna Leatherman Executive Sales & Marketing Assistant PRODUCTION & DESIGN Michele Rodriguez Creative Director Lindsey Fojtik Graphic Designer Stephanie Vander Mel Social Media Manager Keith Dobie Social Media Coordinator Jennifer Conrad Digital Media Representative EDITORIAL Christia Gibbons Senior Editor Blake Herzog Staff Writer Ray Newton Prescott Pioneer Writer OPERATIONS Bea Lueck General Manager Terry Scheib Delivery Manager Marianne Haun Delivery Associate Comments and ideas: Calendar Inquiries: Subscriptions: Advertising Inquiries:,PrescottAZ86301928.350.8006 Corporate Office: 1919 N. Trekell Rd., Suite C Casa Grande, AZ 520.426.207485122 CEO Elaine M. Earle, CPA General Manager Bea Lueck Prescott LIVING is published by ROX Media, LLC. Editorial content is provided by affiliates of ROX Media, LLC, commu nity members and local organizations. ©2022. All rights reserved. No part of this publication, includ ing but not limited to editorial content, illustrations, graphics and photographic images, may be republished, reproduced or reprinted without the prior express written consent of the pub lisher. The publishers of Prescott LIVING assume no responsi bility for errors or omissions of any advertisement beyond the actual cost of the advertisement. In no event shall the publish ers be liable for any consequential damages in excess of the cost of the advertisement. Prescott LIVING shall not be liable for inaccuracies, errors, omissions, or damages from the use of information contained herein. Submitted articles do not re flect the opinions of the owners or management of Prescott LIVING Information contained within submitted articles had not been verified for accuracy and readers are responsible for forming their own opinions. Real estate information is as of 8/6/21 and is subject to current availability and pricing. Advertiser Index Allstate Insurance & Financial Svcs - Robin Binkley Agency 16 Arizona Hot Tub Company ................................... 29 Back Alley Wine Bar 24 Bella Home Furnishings 2 Bucky’s & Yavapai Casinos 14 Cardiac Care ................................................ 28 Creekside Lodge 40 Findlay Automotive Group 242 Findlay Subaru of Prescott ................................... 101 Findlay Toyota Center 63 Guidance Air 102 H2O Health 61 Haley Construction Company ............................... 19 Hooper Family Dental 57 Joe’s Furniture 12 Keller Williams Realty - Kellie Rutherford 10 Medina Hospitality ........................................... 21 Pioneer Title Agency - Angel Skinner 235 Ponderosa Hotel Group 25 Premiere Tax & Accounting Services PLLC .................. 221 Prescott Flooring Brokers 197 Prescott Outpatient Surgical Center 197 Prescott Western Heritage Foundation Inc 86 Prescott Window Coverings ............................... 235 Purple Clover Boutique 223 Raskin’s Jewelers 244 Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Jill Hunsucker 43 Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - John Murphy.......... 23 Rogers Academy of Beauty 65 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Int’l Realty 4 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Int’l Realty - Laura Spaeth ..............17 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Int’l Realty - Terri Kiffer 110 Scottsdale Plastic Surgery 223 SugarPine 221 Thumb Butte Medical Center ................................ 68 Woodside Homes 6 World’s Oldest Rodeo® 8 Yavapai Humane Society 111 ANNUAL SHOWCASE EDITION 2022-2023 22 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023



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Prescott Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife. PRESCOTTAvg.CLIMATEHighAvg.Low Avg. Precip. Avg. Snow January 54° F 24° F 1.9” 4.9” February 54° F 24° F 1.9” 4.9” March 59° F 28° F 1.7” 5.1” April 67° F 34° F 1.0” 1.3” May 75° F 41° F 0.5” 0.2” June 86° F 49° F 0.4” 0.0” July 89° F 57° F 2.9” 0.0” August 86° F 56° F 3.3” 0.0” September 82° F 49° F 1.7” 0.0” October 72° F 37° F 1.2” 0.2” November 60° F 27° F 1.3” 2.1” December 52° F 22° F 1.6” 4.7” PRESCOTT DISTANCEMilesTABLE Kilometers Albuquerque, NM 419 674 Durango, CO 405 652 Flagstaff, AZ 96 154 Grand Canyon, AZ 123 197 Las Vegas, NV 256 412 Moab, UT 418 672 Petrified Forest, AZ 206 331 Phoenix, AZ 100 160 Tucson, AZ 212 341 PRESCOTT AWARDS & RANKINGS One of the Coolest Downtowns in North America - Expedia Viewfinder Top Visitor Destination in Arizona for Nature Lovers - Expedia Viewfinder Top 50 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each State - Seven Best Arizona Cities to Visit for Christmas - Top 15 Most Entrepreneurial Small Cities - Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Arizona - Five Must-See Towns in Arizona - USA Today Best Place to Live Like an Old West Cowboy; Best Old West Town to Live In; Best Historic Rodeo; Best PioneerHistoryCollection - True West Magazine Prescott Visitor Information Center 117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 928.445.2000 or 800.266.7534 Visit The Prescott Chamber’s Visitor Information Center for local, area and statewide visitor information. The Center is conveniently located in historic downtown Prescott, across from Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in a historic brownstone building dating back to 1898 when it was once the City Jail & Firehouse. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information about the City of Prescott Tourism Office go to the About Tab at Prescott Valley PRESCOTT VALLEY CLIMATE Avg. High Avg. Low Avg. Precip. Avg. Snow January 52° F 24° F 1.4” 2.5” February 55° F 27° F 1.7” 3.5” March 60° F 31° F 1.6” 2.9” April 67° F 37° F 0.7” 0.9” May 76° F 45° F 0.5” 0.0” June 86° F 53° F 0.4” 0.0” July 89° F 60° F 2.3” 0.0” August 86° F 59° F 2.9” 0.0” September 81° F 51° F 1.7” 0.0” October 72° F 40° F 1.1” 0.0” November 61° F 30° F 1.1” 1.1” December 52° F 23° F 1.3” 1.3” PRESCOTT VALLEY DISTANCE TABLE Miles Kilometers Albuquerque, NM 409 657 Durango, CO 398 640 Flagstaff, AZ 88 141 Grand Canyon, AZ 127 204 Las Vegas, NV 256 412 Moab, UT 410 660 Petrified Forest, AZ 202 324 Phoenix, AZ 93 149 Tucson, AZ 205 329 PRESCOTT VALLEY AWARDS & RANKINGS Arizona’s Safest Cities No 10 - Safewise (2021) Arizona’s Safest Cities No . 11 - (2021) International Water Deal of the Year - Global Water Intelligence (2007) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - GFOA (2020-2021) 20th Annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - GFOA (2018-2019) 23rd Annual Award Popular Annual Financial Reporting - GFOA (2018-2019) 8th Annual Award Prescott Valley Chamber Community Improvement Award – Large Project - Boys and Girls Club expansion (2019) Kaboom! Organization Playful City Award (2014-2017) Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA (2008-2019) Arbor Day Foundation Growth Award (2011-2019) Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce 7120 Pav Way, No. 102, Prescott Valley, AZ Visit928.772.8857thePrescott Valley Chamber of Commerce for local business information and events. The Chamber is conveniently located off of Highway 69 and open every weekday. Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information about the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 27

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As of last count, more than 470 distinctive named hiking, biking (and sometimes horse) trails wind through the natural scenic beauty of the community and the Prescott National Forest. The 56-mile Prescott Circle Trail will challenge you. A complete list of the Mile High Trail System — 106 miles of it — is available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Goodwin Street south of Courthouse Plaza. Don’t miss the Granite Dells, where unique rock formations thrust out of the ground and tempt hikers and rock-climbers.

Expansive Parks & Breathtaking Lakes If you like water activities, you’ll enjoy the three local lakes — Willow, Watson and Goldwater Lakes. Maintained by the City of Prescott, the 15-acre Goldwater Lake is located in lush pine forests surrounded by rugged mountain areas. The City of Prescott has kayak and canoe rentals available Two others — Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake — are in the adjacent Prescott National Forest. If you like kayaking and canoeing — and fishing — you can visit any of these lakes. Of course, all have picnicking and day-use sites. Willow Lake is home to examples of prehistoric pithouses. The unique site is an example of the Hohokam influence on the people living in the area around A.D. 900-1100. Petroglyphs are found throughout the region, with several areas accessible via the trail system.

Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is 126-acre riparian forest of cottonwood and willow trees. Since the Preserve was established in 1995, it has become an oasis for wildlife and humans alike. If you’re into birding, Prescott’s the place. Designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by the Audubon Society, Prescott is home to more than 360 species of birds. The Prescott Audubon Society can provide full details about where to go and when.

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Want to spend time in a park? The city boasts 16 of them, all with amenities that guarantee memorable times. Some are purely recreational — walking and exercising and picnicking. Some are athletic parks — softball, Pickleball, baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, skateboards, a skating rink and the like. One in particular — McCasland Willow Creek Park — features one of only four in the U.S. custom created dog parks. Canines are the most welcome visitors.

SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM Two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza 1864 GOVERNOR’S MANSION In the summer of 1864, workers under Samuel Blair built this log house for the governor’s home and office. It is the oldest building associated with Arizona Territory still standing on its original location. Undoubtedly the Mansion escaped demolition because of Sharlot Hall, who founded this Museum in the Governor’s Mansion in 1927. 415 W. Gurley Street | Prescott, AZ 86301 928.445.3122 | SMOKI MUSEUM Six blocks east of the Courthouse Plaza The mission of The Smoki Museum is to instill understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the southwest. 147 N Arizona Ave | Prescott, AZ 86304 928.445.1230 |

TRAILS AND RECREATION MAP QR CODE Once you download the free PDF Maps App you can purchase a spatially referenced version of this map for use on a smartphone or tablet using this QR code. Get the Trails and Recreation Map on your mobile device now! (all proceeds go to future map releases)

The Mile-High Trail System contains approximately 106 miles of trails including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System and the Greenways Trails System. The Prescott Circle Trail is a 56-mile network of trails that encircles all of Prescott with varied elevation from 5,140' to 6,690'. The Greenways Trails are urban trails along Granite and Miller creeks that run through downtown Prescott.

PHIPPENsmokimuseum.orgMUSEUM Seven miles north of the Courthouse Plaza George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, spearheaded a group of artists elcome to the Prescott Heritage Trail! This self-guided historical walking tour brings Prescott’s rich history and heritage to you in about an hour long walk around the famed Courthouse Plaza in Be sure to check back with us in 2018, as we plan to double the number of sites on the Heritage Trail, and connect it with the City’s Greenways Trail system. We will also launch the Hunt for History, engaging youngsters to explore Prescott heritage in their own special way. Also, be sure to visit our area museums, including the Smoki, Sharlot Hall, and Phippen. For updates or to download this map, go to www., or call the Prescott Chamber Official Visitor Center at 800-266-7534. HUNT 1. City Jail and Clock - Chamber Building 2. Ruffner Plaza


Stables 3. Fire of 1900 4. Sam Hill Hardware 5. Whiskey Row 6. Sam Steiger Crosswalk 7. Palace Saloon 8. Saint Michael Hotel 9. Mike the Dog 10. Centennial Tree 11. Timeline by Fran Wildman 12. Roughrider Statue 13. War Memorial 14. Courthouse 15. Statehood Tree 16. Bashford Burmister Store 17. Union Block- old Legislative site 18. Head Hotel 19. Masonic Building 20. Bank of Arizona 21. Knights of Pythias 22. Goldwater Store 23. Well on Plaza 24. City Hall- Howey’s Hall & Statue 25. Federal Building FORT WHIPPLE MUSEUM Two miles east of the Courthouse Plaza Fort Whipple was named for Lt. Amiel W. Whipple, who led a military expedition into the area in 1853-54 and established the first access 89A 69 89 89 Whipple StRosser St DemerseAve Smoke TreeNorthridgeLnDr SarafinaDr Willow Lake Rd CommerceDr CreekWillowRd PleasantValleyDr WilliamsonValleyRd SpringsIronRdGurley St HassayampaVillageLn MiddlebrookWillowRdCreekRd CopperBasinRd SenatorHwy PrescottLakesPkwy HaisleyRd Willow Lake Watson Lake 8 19 16 141715 27 18 9 29 30 12 3 10 23 4 13 11 24 26 5 6202 28 25 22 7 31 1 21 Map # Trail Name Miles Use 1 Acker Park 1.5 2 Aspen Creek .8 3 Badger Mountain 4.04 4 Butte Creek 1.3 5 Centennial 2.0 6 Community Nature Center 1.5 7 Constellation 2.74 8 Embry Riddle-Jan Alfano Trails 2.35 9 Flume Canyon, Watson Dam and Northshore 2.4 10 Goldwater Lake 1 11 Granite Dells Estates 1.78 12 Granite Gardens 1.5 13 Greenways Trail System 1.5 14 Lakeshore 2 15 Lakeside aka Fishing Trail and Explorer 1.1 16 Longview 1.78 17 Lower Granite Creek Discovery .8 18 Over the Hill .4 19 Pioneer Park 9 20 Prescott Circle Trail 56 21 Prescott Lakes and Vista Park 5 22 Prescott Peavine National Recreation 6 23 Rancho Vista .6 24 Rodeo Grounds .5 25 Storm Trails 26 Stricklin Park 27 Sundog to Lowes Hill 28 Watson Lake Loop 4.79 29 Watson Woods 1.5 30 Willow Dells Slickrock Loops 3 31 Willow Lake Loop 5.7 Unforgettable Tours Just For You If having someone else do the driving, while you do the enjoying appeals to you, go to experienceprescott. com to find a local tour. All have expert guides to ensure you’ll have a memorable experience. PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 33

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The City of Prescott Recreation Department organizes programs throughout the year. Competitors from throughout the Southwest come to “Arizona’s Softball Capital” for tournaments almost every month. Same is true for Little League and adult baseball, soccer, basketball, and a growing favorite, Pickleball leagues.

Unparalleled hospitality, exceptional outdoor activities, a variety of entertainment venues and rich history attract tens of thousands of visitors to Prescott every year –many returning again and again. There’s always something drawing out-of-towners and international guests to “Everybody’s Hometown,” and it goes well beyond the beautiful, moderate summer weather. It might be the annual Prescott Frontier Days® Rodeo Parade occurring around the Fourth of July, where thousands of people don Western wear, whoop and applaud. Sometimes they join the Prescott Frontier Days® cowboys and cowgirls in town for the World’s Oldest Rodeo® –the second-largest in Arizona. Visitors enjoy a range of entertainment options, such as the sold-out Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra to the classical programs performed by the Phoenix Symphony, brought to town by the Yavapai Symphony association. They delight in outdoor summer concerts by the Central Arizona Concert Band on the Iconic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza and stand in awe of history at the restored century-old Elks Theatre. And they can wash down all of the fun with a night out on the town in the vibrant Whiskey Row nightlife area.

Visitors Make a Positive Impact

Over 30,000 guests registered this past year at the Prescott Chamber of



The most recent Prescott Chamber of Commerce count of visitors who walk through their doors showed that more than 30,000 guests registered this past year. That figure doesn’t begin to tell the true number of tourists, as only a small number of those who visit sign in. A better gauge might be the ever-increasing transient tax collection numbers (based on the citywide bed tax). In sum, Prescott is not just a “passthrough” community on the way to somewhere. It is a destination, one gaining national and international recognition as the place to go for a “True West-Real Adventure.”

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HOTELS WITH MEETING, BANQUET, EVENT SPACE • Best Western Prescottonian • Forest Villas • Gurley Street Lodge Bed & Breakfast • Hampton Inn • Hassayampa Inn • Hotel St. Michael • La Quinta Inn & Suites & Convention Center • Prescott Pines Inn • Prescott Resort and Conference Center • Residence Inn by Marriott Prescott • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Prescott • Hilton Garden Inn with Sam Hill conference center OTHER VENUES • Capital Canyon Club • Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Davis Learning Center; Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at STEM Center; The Hangar at Jack L. Hunt Student Center; Student Activity Center • Finn at Touchmark • Grace M. Sparkes Activity Center • Heritage Park Zoo • Holiday Courtyard • Museum of Indigenous People • Phippen Museum • Prescott Adult Center • Prescott Centennial Center at Antelope Hills Golf Course • Prescott Chamber Visitor Information Center • Prescott College Crossroads Center • Prescott Vibes Event Center • Sharlot Hall Museum Gardens • Talking Rock • The Barley Hound • The Club at Prescott Lakes • ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery • Yavapai College — Performing Arts Center; Boyd Tenney Library Community Room OUTDOOR VENUES • The Highlands Center for Natural History • Prescott Parks and Lakes –Goldwater, Watson, Willow • Granite Creek Park • County Courthouse Plaza For additional Information and help planning your next event in prescott, contact: Ann Steward, Tourism & Economic Initiatives Manager, City of Prescott 201 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ |

First-time visitors to Prescott come here for a whole host of reasons, but most often they are lured by the historic, romantic appeal of Western heritage coupled with the area’s breathtaking beauty.  No place more embodies the Old West than Whiskey Row, where saloons, restaurants, boutique shops and hotels look straight out of a Western movie set. Stroll the street, and it’s a cinch that someone in a cowboy hat will look at you, smile and offer a sincere, warm greeting.

The same is true of service organizations that volunteer to assist the community, such as Lions International, Kiwanis International, Rotary Clubs, Prescott Elks Club, Soroptomists and PEO, a philanthropic educational organization.

Prescott offers outdoor enthusiasts unlimited adventure and beauty. Known locally and nationally for having the state’s best and most extensive opportunities for hiking and biking, Prescott lays claim to more than 470 miles of well-maintained and developed trails. Sixteen city parks round out these offerings, while five area lakes (Goldwater Lake, Willow Lake, Watson Lake in Prescott, and Lynx Lake and Granite Basin Lake in the adjacent Prescott National Forest) provide ample opportunities for boating and fishing. Five golf courses are immediately available, too. Guests enjoy the Sharlot Hall Museum, where the history and culture of central Arizona has been preserved.  They can visit the Museum of Indiginous People, where the history and culture of Southwestern Native American tribes are on display.  The Phippen Museum of Western Art on the north side of the city features exceptional Western arts exhibits. The world’s largest model airplane display is open to the public at the Christine and Steven F. UdvarHazy Library on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  The Highlands Center for Natural History is a contemporary scientific and ecological center for the region.  So, while it might be true that the tens of thousands of visitors to Prescott come every year for the Wild West, they often stay and return for the arts, culture and abundance of recreational opportunities. A full range of social organizations serve various roles within the community. Some cater to military and veterans (VFW, DAV, American Legion and others). Others include Habitat for Humanity, People Who Care, Coalition for Compassion and Justice and Prescott Area Women’s Shelter. Several nondenominational and religious or spiritual organizations reach out to assist the needy. Still others provide food and necessities (among them Community Cupboard, Yavapai Food Bank, and Catholic Social Services) to children and those in need.

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The following list cites just a few.

• Prescott Chamber Orchestra

• Musical concerts

• Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center

• Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

• Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and Art Museum

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• Mountain Arts Guild and Gallery

Photo by Daryl Weisser

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• Prescott Center for the Arts


Year-round, the more than a century-old iconic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza has been a gathering spot for individuals, groups, organizations and visitors.

The rest of the year is equally as busy, providing educational, cultural and entertainment experiences to match almost any desire. Among them:

• Sharlot Hall Museum

• The Highlands Center for Natural History

• Prescott Western Heritage Center

• Arts and crafts shows


• Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra

Recently, the Prescott City Council designated a multi-block sector area in the center of town as the official Entertainment District. The result is a well-defined and quite walkable area that is replete with educational, cultural and entertainment experiences to match almost every interest at any time of year.

Scattered throughout the greater community are venues and attractions designed to educate, entertain and provide pleasure.

• Arizona Softball Hall of Fame Museum


• Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning Tribute Center

• Phippen Museum of Western Art

• Historical commemorations

• Fort Whipple Museum

• Prescott Film Festival

• Museum of Indigenous People

• Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at ERAU Natural History

• Car shows and exhibits

• Patriotic events

Some are sponsored, such as recreational leagues for both youth and adults in soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, football, bowling, tennis, Pickleball, golf, biking and swimming. Many of the foregoing are supported through the city’s recreation department, which provides dozens of facilities designed for such activities.

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Prescott Valley incorporated in 1978, and in just 40 years, the community has established itself as an economic driver for the region and a wonderful place to live, work and play.

The area enjoys four mild seasons with temperatures about 20 degrees cooler than the Valley of the Sun.

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Prescott Valley is the largest and youngest municipality in Yavapai County, with a population approaching 50,000 residents.

Located at an elevation of 5,100 feet in the high desert of Central Arizona, Prescott Valley is about 85 miles north of the Phoenix metro area and 87 miles south of Flagstaff, making it easy to access the amenities of a large city, and the recreational opportunities of Northern Arizona’s snow country.

Growth of the region was first driven by the discovery of gold in nearby Lynx Creek in the 1860s and shortly afterward by ranching. The Fain family owned and operated the Rafter Eleven Ranch and continues to have working ranching operations to this day, in addition to a property development firm.

Town Prescottof Valley There is never a shortage of fun, familyfriendly events in Prescott Valley! Please check out the list of some of our most popular annual events. FEBRUARY Daddy-Daughter Dance APRIL EGGstravaganza & Family Arts Festival Arbor Day MAY Rhythm and Brews Prescott Valley Days* Movies Under the Stars JUNE Movies Under the Stars JULY Red, White and Boom 4th of July JULY – SEPTEMBER Summer and Fall Concert Series AUGUST NationalFandomaniaNightOut SEPTEMBER Run for the Hill of It OCTOBER Haunting on the Green DECEMBER Winter Spectacular & Civic Center Lighting Night Light Parade* Valley of Lights* Events *These events are sponsored by the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Arts and Culture

Arts and culture lovers have much to enjoy in Prescott Valley, and the options continue to increase. The Town’s premier collection of sculptures in the Art at the Center displays both inside and outside its Civic Center and Public Library is ever-changing and growing. The collection now features QR codes on sculptures so art lovers can scan to find the artist’s name and a description of each piece.

Founder Clyde Neville worked tirelessly to help the theater thrive and gain its own home where children, teens and adults can show off their acting skills onstage in full productions but also participate in classes, improv performances, after school-programs and more.

You’ll want to walk the beautiful Civic Center grounds to enjoy the outdoor collection in all four seasons. Exciting new additions include the Jenkins Obelisk by local artist Ed Reilly and the Sharing the Land piece by Tom White. Next to the Findlay Toyota Center is Prescott Valley’s new performing arts and children’s theater, the Main Street Theatre, which has been entertaining people in the area for nearly 20 years, but now has a permanent home.

The annual EGGstravaganzaApril and Family Arts Festival serves up familyfriendly fun and creative arts where teachers and schools may display and sell arts, crafts and goods created by students to raise money.


If you desire to learn more about creating art of all kinds, the Town offers a variety of arts and crafts classes from painting to card making. If movement is your art, try tap and jazz, ballet, hula, dance fitness, karate, Shing Yi and Ba Gua.

Department hosts Youth Art Month featuring a student art exhibit at the Prescott Valley Public Library that showcases talented young community artists of all ages.

Additionally, the Public Art Display is a rotating showcase of art by professional and amateur local artists, free to view during regular library hours.

Prescott Valley’s Theater on the Green outdoor amphitheater is the place to enjoy free summer concerts offered by the Town and is host to the Yavapai College Summer Concerts on the Green, which feature music offerings such as the Prescott POPS Symphony, tribute concerts and folk music. Selected summer nights in May and June draw many families for free Movies Under the Stars. During Patriot Week each September, the Civic Center lawns are the place for the Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona where 3,000 American flags fly for the week and culminate in the annual 9/11 Ceremony remembering the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

If you’re an artist who would love to showcase your work, the Community Services Department offers opportunities at the Prescott Valley Public Library through the Photography Showcase, Summer Garden Art Show, Watercolor Exhibit, Fine Art Showcase and Create-a-Tree exhibits throughout the year.


As the youngest community in the region, it comes as no surprise that many families find Prescott Valley a great place to call home. The public, nonprofit and private sectors all look to promote festivals and other events that are fun and affordable (or free) for the entire family.

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The Town offers 28 parks for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, many including playground areas (some with adaptive playgrounds), athletic fields, walking paths and trails; and at our flagship Mountain Valley Park, a skate park and enclosed off-leash dog park. Nearby, a state-ofthe-art Boys & Girls Club welcomes area youth. With nationally recognized public and private schools from pre-school to university options available in the area, parents to children of all ages can find a school that will help set their children up for academic success.

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Contact information Town of Prescott Valley comrel@prescottvalley-az.gov928.759.30007501E.SkoogBlvd.PrescottValley,AZ86314 Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Prescott7120kim@pvchamber.org928.772.8857PavWay,Suite102Valley,AZ86314 Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation Prescott7120info@pvedf.com928.775.0032PavWay,Suite106Valley,AZ86314 Prescott Valley is one of the most vibrant communities in Yavapai County that also offers drive times of 15 minutes or less to most amenities. A wide range of housing options are available in all price ranges, including gated communities and homes in master planned subdivisions, single-family lots, and existing homes outside of HOAs in the traditional Town core. Apartment and condominium options are interspersed throughout the community. Photo by Cody Chewning PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 53

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Honoring theGranite HotshotsMountain

The Granite Mountain Fatality Site is the area where the men made their final stand. The 19 crosses are in the location of each man, where they died together as a team, surrounded by 19 gabion baskets filled with rocks from that area to protect and honor that site.


Memorial Park offers Hiking, Remembrance

Top: Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park entrance, off Highway 89. Middle right: The Granite Mountain Tribute Wall is next to the observation deck, where visitors can leave objects behind. Mostly filled with objects from other fire professionals that leave hats, patches, shirts, etc. from their respective firehouses. These are collected regularly, photographed and archived in permanent storage.

Family members, fire professionals, local leaders and legislators met for a year to complete the plan and start the work. Thanks to a generous donation from Arizona Public Service (APS) in 2016 to complete the work, the park opened Nov. 30, 2016. Since, more than 110,000 people from throughout the world have visited the park to hike the trails, stopped to read the plaques for each of the 19, and remembered. To learn more, please

Bottom left: Bronze statue near the entrance that is a mashup of all 20 Hotshots, this one is specifically a “Sawyer, “ the rank of the Hotshot team member that manages cutting away trees to create a fireline. Bottom right: Looking east from the observation deck down over the valley. The large (Helms) ranch house in the distance is where they were trying to get to, before the winds changed and sent the fire hurtling toward them. The circle in the center is the Fatality Site. You can see the town in the background where 120 homes burned in the fire. Photos courtesy of Arizona State Parks & Trails.


The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots were made up of 20 elite wildland firefighters who fought the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013. On June 30, 2013 at 4:42 p.m., 19 of the Hotshots were overcome by smoke and perished in the fire that swept over them while they tried to avoid the approaching flames; they were tucked under their fire shelters in a canyon a mere 1/3 mile from safety of the Town of Yarnell. The fire burned more than 8,400 acres and 100 homes. The memorial park was built by order of Gov. Jan Brewer to be a place where families, friends and visitors could hike a 7-mile roundtrip mountain trail to honor, remember and thank the Hotshots for their ultimate sacrifice.

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The History of Greater Prescott Pleistocene to Prescott...14,000 Years in the Making............................................70 Arizona’s West-Central Highlands.........................................................................................75 Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza........................................................................................................82 Territorial Governor’s Mansion...................................................................................................82 Phippen HistoricalMuseumMuseum....................................................................................................................................88ofIndigenousPeople.................................................................................................94SocietyDirectory.........................................................................................................100 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 69

Humans found their way to this refuge, some down a 900mile, ice-free corridor from the land-bridge across the Bering Sea; others came by skin-covered boats along the Pacific Ocean coast and by following rivers far inland.

Archaeologists widely agree that — across the Americas — all indigenous people spinning off from the first landings and camps on this continent were descendants out of Siberia.



Whether by land or sea, these “first Americans” left their mark on the landscape and the memories of “ancient ones” in the stories that survived the millennia.

For more than 10,000 years, native bands and villages developed across the Central Highlands. The “ancient ones” survived and developed a flourishing trade that included everything from valuable rock to pottery containers that could hold magical medicines, coveted foods and water — adjusting, evolving and competing for limited resources as the tundra changed to forested high country, semi-arid highlands and desert lowlands. Artists Roger Kull and Judith Durr-Kull conserve the skeletal remains of a late-Pleistocene mastodon discovered fewer than 25 miles from Prescott. Preserved and displayed at Sharlot Hall Museum are a partial cranium with teeth and tusk protrusions from a young mastodon found along a creek near Peeples Valley. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.

14,000 Years in the Making

Carved out of the receding Ice Age, land that includes present-day Arizona and its Central Highlands was home to “The Beasts.” These giants (megafauna beasts) took refuge in a land of sculpted valleys, alpine forests and plains of rolling grasses away from the snow.

Hilltop sites dot the landscapeHighlands


First identified during Amiel Whipple’s expedition in the mid-1800s, hilltop sites were not mapped until Ken Austin’s work in the 1970s. Whipple had made note of these sites on his surveys, recording that these were plentiful and dotted the landscape. The purpose, however, remains as elusive today as when first observed. defense? Housing? A lookout post? Ceremonial site? Archaeologists date the construction as far back as 1100 CE and then suddenly stopped about 1350 CE. Some scholars consider landscape clues for habitation defense; identify too many crossover variables as to defy singular purpose. you see a hilltop site, “take”


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Prescott culture murals depict both scattered and village-based pit-house living scenarios Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum Spanish conquistadors in search of Cibola and the legendary cities of gold explore the Southwest. Mural painting, east wall © Coronado Museum. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum 72 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

Pottery and rock art became forms of storytelling and creative expression found throughout Arizona with common motif symbols, regardless of clay source and geographic locality.

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For the next 300 years, only adventurers and mountain men explored the streams and forests of what is now Arizona — some seeking gold, others seeking beaver pelts. Claimed as “España Nueva” (New Spain), the Spanish government oversight of these lands was minimal, with few settlements. By the late 1700s and early 1800s, political change in Europe and the Americas began to surge; the United States was created, Mexico gained independence from Spain. The Louisiana Purchase and its exploration inspired a westward migration from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Discovery of mineral wealth in the West brought a flood of adventure seekers and settlers across the vast plains, through the Rockies and into this country.

When Spanish conquistadors explored the Southwest in the mid-1500s, few communities of native peoples were welcoming as they were ravaged by smallpox and European illnesses. Finding little evidence of material riches, the Spanish moved on, leaving the area alone, virtually forgotten.

Archaeological evidence traces the “First Americans” by identifying “meaning” into their stone points, procurement camps, stone-stacked walls and ruins we see today (the hilltop sites that dot much of Arizona’s Central Highlands). They left their marks on the land and in the stories shared by those who survived, passed from generation to generation.


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Steamboat “Explorer” illustration by Heinrich Balduin Möllhausen, 1858, depicting Ives’ expedition up the Colorado River. Watercolor gouache on paper, courtesy Amon Carter Museum. Provided by Sharlot Hall Museum

At its core is Prescott, a popular destination where residents and visitors meet and meld together to enjoy culture, history, activities and events.



Arizona’s HighlandsWest-Central

The West-Central Highlands of Arizona stand as a broad swath of land roughly a mile high and more in elevation; a tall uplift at the very heart of Arizona. With alternating pine-clad mountains and broad, brushy valleys, this is lush, verdant country compared to the arid Sonoran Desert to the south and the Colorado Plateau to the north. As storm clouds track north from the Gulf, these collide with the great wall of the Mogollon Rim, marking the southern limit of the Colorado Plateau. Meeting that barrier, clouds turn southward again, shedding rain on the region laced with rivers and streams that feed great forests of ponderosa pine, juniper, oak, manzanita, agave and other plant species — green zones that in turn sustain a wealth of diverse animal species. Elevation, airflow, and moisture combine to give the high country a fine, even climate that is neither excessively hot in the summer nor excessively cold in the winter.

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Depiction of the Walker party making first contact with local, indigenous people near Thumb Butte. Painting by George Phippen Sharlot Hall and Phippen museums

Civil War illustration Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum

The first group to arrive and find gold in the central mountains of Arizona was the Joseph Reddeford Walker exploratory party. The discovery was made in March 1863 on the headwaters of the Hassayampa River in the Bradshaw Mountains south of present day Prescott. About the same time, a party organized by A.H. Peeples and guided by Paulino Weaver discovered gold at Rich Hill west of the Hassayampa. News of the claims brought other gold seekers to the area setting in motion a chain of events:

• Establishment of Fort Whipple on the banks of Granite Creek

• Founding of Prescott on May 30, 1864


Amid the chaos of the Civil War, the town of Prescott was carved out of the wilderness shortly after the U.S. Congress enacted legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln that created the Arizona Territory. The war was costly and Union leaders were influenced by the prospect of mineral wealth in the region.

• Subsequent designation of Prescott as site of the Territorial Legislature and seat of government for the territory and Yavapai County

Miners flocked to the area in search of gold, silver and other mineral riches. Illustration provided by Sharlot Hall Museum 77

To be sure, Prescott in its early territorial years was a frontier town and had its share of disasters, crime, rowdyism and occasional gunfights on Whiskey Row. Over time, it matured and developed into a commercial center for the Central Highlands.

Together they created a community with schools, churches, businesses, other social organizations and, of course, saloons and brothels. Eventually came the railroads and such indicia of 19th century modernization as electricity and public water service.

Adventurers, miners in search of gold, farmers and ranchers seeking a new beginning on land made available through the federal Homestead Act, merchants, lawyers, and others seeking a new opportunity came to Prescott.

Fort Whipple provided a measure of stability, safety and security to a region embroiled with lawlessness and unbridled ambition. It served as a tactical base for the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars (1864-1889) and became one of the key centers for military presence in the territory.

The Indian Wars of the Arizona Territory had a direct impact on the people of the Central Highlands, both settlers and the indigenous population. Many tribal people, including the Yavapai, were forced onto the San Carlos reservation. Skirmishes between military and indigenous peoples continued until the late-1880s, when Geronimo and his followers surrendered to U.S. authorities.


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Drawn by the “Go West!” promise of opportunities and riches, both westbound immigrants and Arizona settlers competed for the same food, water and space as the native peoples — Yavapai, White Mountain and Tonto Apache to the northeast, Mojave Yavpe to the west, and Hohokam to the south.

Prescott lost its status as the territorial capital in 1867, when the Legislature voted to have the capital relocated to Tucson. Regaining it temporarily in 1877, the capital was permanently moved to Phoenix in 1889 as population and political influence shifted in the territory.

Settlement of Prescott and the surrounding region came at the expense of native peoples, including the Yavapai — those who had occupied the region for centuries.

Despite the political loss, Prescott continued to prosper and develop and continues to serve as the county seat of Yavapai County.

Phoenix today, the capital of Arizona Tucson, the captital of Arizona in 1867

With the arrival of the governor’s party in 1864, Prescott town became the political center as well as economic hub for the newly created Territory of Arizona. The Legislature was convened in the town, making it the first territorial capital.

plus spur lines to mining camps nearby became a battleground that almost crippled Arizona’s economy. The first line was the Prescott & Arizona Central Railway. Using lightweight rail and leased rolling stock, the company was plagued with construction problems. It connected with the transcontinental line at Prescott Junction (present-day Seligman) in 1887. It ceased to operate in 1893 leaving behind a legal mess.

It was eclipsed by the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix in 1893, which connected at Ash Fork. By 1895, tracks ran to Prescott over Iron Springs to Congress Junction and on to Phoenix with branch lines built into the Bradshaws.

As railways had expanded in the 1800s, these began to shrink by the mid-1900s. Over time, rail transport for freight and passengers became no longer economically viable, and service to Prescott was shut down in the 1980s. Site of the former rail line through Point of Rocks in the Granite Dells. Now a popular trail.


Anyone who has lived in Arizona knows that, eventually, one topic is bound to surface: drought. When the spring of 1900 rolled into the Central Highlands, an unusually dry spell came with it. A multitude of tinderboxes were being created, especially in a town still mostly comprised of wood. The community of Prescott has experienced several major fires, including one in July 1900 that destroyed much of the downtown. It became known as the Great Fire on Whiskey Row. The Prescott race for an economic base was often centered on freight, both inbound and out. Freight wagons were slow and cumbersome. Ore needed to be shipped out, and both trade goods and supplies shipped into Prescott were aided with rail transport. As such, intense competition for rail connections north to transcontinental lines at Flagstaff,

It featured her collections and artifacts that she’d acquired during her time as Territorial Historian (the first woman to hold public office in Arizona). She worked tirelessly to preserve the local history and heritage of the West-Central Highlands of Arizona. Following her death in 1943, the museum she began was named in her honor.

•The Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott showcases the past for all future generations in its exhibits, collections and archival records. It stands today as a testament to the namesake’s remarkable foresight and her pioneer determination.

•The Fort Whipple Museum is about 2 miles east of the Courthouse Plaza on the Northern Arizona Veterans Center campus and showcases the military history of the Arizona Territory and the fort’s transformation into a key medical facility serving the nation’s veterans.

•The Museum of Indigenous People (formerly known as the Smoki Museum) is about a mile east of downtown Courthouse Plaza and has transformed from an Indian tourist attraction established in support of the World’s Oldest Rodeo® to a cultural center for native American Indians.


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Territorial Governor’s Mansion Built on this site in 1864, the old log structure served as the residence and offices of the first two Territorial governors, John Goodwin and Richard McCormick.

•The Phippen Museum about 7 miles northeast of Prescott honors the American cowboy and rancher with changing exhibits of Western art.

In 1917, it was acquired by the state of Arizona for preservation because of its historical significance. A woman named Sharlot Mabridth Hall secured a lifetime lease of the mansion and opened it in 1928 as the Gubernatorial Mansion Museum.

The 1980s was a period of significant growth, and by 1990, the city’s population had increased to more than 25,000 residents. Today, Prescott is a modern city of more than 45,000. Mining, ranching and railroading no longer drive the area’s economy, having been replaced by government, tourism and small business. From its inception, Prescott has been home to three iconic landmarks: the Courthouse on the Plaza, the nearby Whiskey Row, and the Territorial Governor’s Mansion. All three are of paramount importance to the local heritage and to the city’s reputation as a destination for tourists from throughout the world. While Prescott’s history as a frontier town is a thing of the past, it continues to be recognized as one the country’s top 10 Old West cities. Its cultural past is preserved today in the community’s museums:

Along with the rest of Yavapai County and the entire country, Prescott’s population suffered during the Depression years of the 1930s but also benefited by the post-World War II boom.

A “mansion” only in a relative size, the duplex structure was built from local ponderosa pine at a cost of $6,000. Following the relocation of the territorial capital to Tucson, the mansion fell into private hands.

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Following his untimely death, a memorial foundation was formed in 1974 to create a venue for western art that honored Phippen’s incredible talent and character. In the early 1980s, the Harold James Family Trust donated a parcel of land (at Deep Well Ranch) for construction of the museum, which opened Oct. 13, 1984.

...made his home in Skull Valley and was a self-taught sculptor and painter of themes from the American West.


The art, heritage, history and legends of the American West come alive at Prescott, Arizona’s Phippen Museum. The 17,000-square-foot facility is home to two studios, replicas, four exhibit galleries, a western research library, multipurpose classroom, event space and a well-stocked museum store. The Phippen Museum has numerous rotating exhibitions and permanent displays throughout the year. Exhibits include the Solon H. Borglum Collection Room, Ray Swanson Gallery, Western Heritage Gallery, including the Arizona & Rancher Hall of Fame, and an incredible collection of paintings and sculpture by the museum’s namesake George Phippen.

...began his craft at a young age by sculpting figures and horses with clay he dug from nearby creek beds. ...used to cover the chalkboard of the local, one-room schoolhouse with his drawings of cattle drives and stampedes. George passed away in 1966 at the early age of 50. During a brief career, he produced upward of 3,000 works of art and is recognized for his bronze sculptures, including Cowboy in a Storm, which graces the roundabout in front of the museum on Hwy. 89 in Granite Dells.

On June 23, 1965, Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton, George Phippen and Fred Harman gathered at Oak Creek Tavern in Sedona to create a society of artists committed to making authentic, quality fine art that portrayed the cowboy of the American West. Thus, the Cowboy Artists of America was born.

George Phippen was a founding member and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, “the longest running artist group in the nation.”

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The rustic, hand-hewn beam above the entrance to the museum’s Western Heritage Gallery was milled from a tree taken from Prescott’s local landmark, Thumb Butte. It took all day to make, at a cost of $3. Originally, it was used to build a stagecoach stop in Williamson Valley outside Prescott. That building fell into disuse and eventually collapsed in a storm. The beam was salvaged and saved by local ranchers. At the Phippen Museum’s opening in 1984, the salvaged beam had a place of honor on the front porch and local ranchers from far and wide took turns heating the branding irons and making their mark on the beam in a show of support for the great art and heritage of the American West and Phippen’s lasting legacy. The branded beam found a final home inside with the addition of the Western Heritage Gallery in the 2012 renovation.

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George Phippen made his home in Skull Valley and was a selftaught sculptor and painter of American West themes.


In 1906, world-renowned sculptor Solon Borglum sought and was given the commission to create a Rough Rider statue that now stands at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Named “the greatest equestrian statue in the United States” as acclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt, it almost didn’t make it to Prescott for the unveiling. Read the whole story and more about Borglum and this special collection at the Phippen Museum.

Galleries for exhibition include the Kemper & Ethel Marley Western Art Gallery, which was completed as part of a major expansion project in 2012, the Western Heritage Gallery, the Ray Swanson Gallery and the Borglum Collection in the Harold and Mitzie James Gallery. The large outside deck overlooks the beautiful Granite Dells. If Horses Could Talk by Bill Nebeker CA PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 91

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Museum of Indigenous People is the only museum in the Greater Prescott Area devoted to the culture and art of Native people. Our mission is “To instill understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the southwest.”

We are governed by our Board of Trustees and have three full-time employees, two additional staff, and a dedicated volunteer base. Several of our workforce are of Native heritage, and we rely on them and our Native advisors to help further our mission and vision. The stone buildings on the campus are on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum construction was completed in 1935 by a non-Native, community-minded social group, the Smoki People, with assistance from depression-era work program participants. The museum took the name of its founders. In February 2020, the museum was renamed to best reflect the cultural resources in our holdings as well as the Native community we serve. The Museum of Indigenous People (MIP) is a venue where the Native voice is heard.

The 2020 MIP Board of Trustees at a photo shoot at Marchetti Studio, Prescott. Pictured (from left) are Eric Costanios (Pacific Islander), Cliff Hill, Ron Robinson, Bryan Crossley, Irene Stonecipher (Chumash), Barbara Karkula (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Toney Largo (Diné) and Patti Ezell.

On exhibit are pre-historic, historic, and contemporary examples of Indian cultural and artistic material from the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Our focus is to enlighten the public and broaden their knowledge of the Native cultures of this part of the world, irrespective of political boundaries. The Eye on the Storm special exhibit was made possible with generous collaboration from the Historic Toadlena Trading Post of Newcomb, New Mexico. Our children’s education room is adorned with murals by renowned Hopi artist Filmer Kewanyama. In January 2020, the NativeATurtleDaughtersspecialopeningspeakerwasPrincess,YavapaiJuniorreigningMissApacheClaudiatheguestattheofaexhibitofIsland:TributetoWomen.TheDaughters


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exhibit also brought attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement. Donations were collected and sent to the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition, a statewide organization working in Arizona tribal communities to better address domestic and sexual violence and to aid victims. Exhibit

The Indian Education Series was presented online. Pictured is Manuel Lucero, Cherokee, wearing his beaded pouch from the workshop he conducted.

In Michael Goodluck’s (Diné) workshops, students learned to create and play their own cedar flutes. Pictured here with Michael is one such protégé, Jocelyn.

Winner of the adult category was Sophia Thurman, Diné, of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Engaging the Community During Fragile Times At the height of the 2020 pandemic, the MIP created innovative ways to share with and to strengthen bonds with a society hungry for engagement.

Partnering with Hopi artist Abel Nash, cash prizes were awarded in four age-groups to the winners of the Hummingbird Coloring Contest.



Commitment to Native People The museum has a tradition of giving to those in need. This practice expanded last year in response to the needs of underserved populations.

Diné children received their backpacks and school supplies, 2019. These San Carlos Apache boys had new confidence for the 2018 school year. A community outside of Winslow received food; art supplies went to Hopi artists; and shoes, clothing, and cleaning supplies were delivered to Native communities hardest hit by the pandemic. assistance from individuals, clubs and foundations, our museum provided 8,000 masks to the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and thousands of handmade breath masks to individuals all over Dinetah and Hopi.


SeriesArtistGuest Venues such as festivals, markets, and fairs were canceled or postponed in 2020, drastically reducing relied upon income for Native artists and their families. Through generous funding, MIP created the Guest Artist Series to provide support. Participating artists were given accommodations for their weekend and travel money, and they retained 100% of their sales proceeds. Bob Lucero, Cherokee, metal and woodwork Duane Tawahongva, Hopi, jewelry Gordell Wright, Shinnecock, Wampum jewelry Kevin Horace, PaintingHopi,andcarvingDotAmi,Hopi,pottery 98 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023


Dia de los Muertos ofrenda in honor of the Chinese sojourners of Territorial Prescott.

And the Beat Goes On…

The Navajo Rug & Indian Art Auction, held biannually, offers hundreds of lots at the best prices in the Southwest.

Pictured are volunteers Rita Shryock and Evelyn Russell. Authentic Native treasures in our tax-free Trading Post. For more information about our events, programs, and volunteer opportunities, please visit

MIP Administration is enthusiastically planning a return to events for which the museum has earned its reputation as the cultural hub of Prescott.

Newly crowned royalty Iann Austin, Diné, and Snow Otero, Diné. Azteca Dancers at the 2018 Dia de los Muertos Celebration.

Class field trips to MIP promote education and fun. Amazing artworks and pottery demonstrations at the Mata Ortiz Show & Sale. MIP is a proud sponsor of the Prescott Powwow of the Granite Mountain Gourd Society. Pictured are Pai Bird Singers. Native friends share stories that have been passed down through generations. Certified museum docents are always eager to assist MIP guests.

Coyote Slim, Mi’kmaq, performed at the 2019 Contemporary Native Arts Festival. Sky Duncan, Apache, hoopdanced at the 2019 Mr. and Miss Southwest Two-Spirit Pageant.

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The Foundation’s banquet and major fundraiser will be Nov. 5 this year at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center. More information regarding the preservation of the area’s rich history and heritage and seasonal hours of operation can be found at

The Center and its website provide a guide to local museums and a variety of history-related events. Information is available at the center regarding such programs as the Western Heritage Keeper Scholarship program, outreach to elementary schools, scheduled events every month and the Western Heritage Banquet.

For additional information regarding our volunteer and docent opportunities, “Friends of Western Heritage” membership, our monthly events on the Heritage Stage, student scholarship opportunities, great gifts from our mercantile, and our annual fundraising events, visit

The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation sustains the Center and other programs through grants, fundraisers, mercantile sales, scheduled events on the “Heritage Stage” every month, memberships and other generous donations.

Western Heritage Center offers free admission to Prescott’s oneof-a-kind showcase of Yavapai County’s many museums, other organizations and private collections. These exhibits, which help preserve and promote the area’s remarkable history, heritage and culture, create a diverse educational experience not found anywhere else in the area. The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation believes that it is their responsibility to provide an opportunity for more people to become aware of Yavapai County’s history through over 25 exhibits and displays. With a storefront on historic Whiskey Row, history is even more accessible to area residents and visitors from throughout the U.S. and the world. The Center is located within a structure built in 1901, soon after the great fire of 1900, which destroyed much of the city.

For a real educational experience, visit the Western Heritage Center on historic Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott.

If you have a desire to learn more about our remarkable history and heritage, come visit us at the Western Heritage Center on historic Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott.


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Barks & Recreation Dog Parks Pets are our pals in Prescott, welcome just about everywhere. But dogs still love the places where they can run free, whether it’s a space designed specifically for them or an undeveloped mountain meadow or canyon. Here’s just a few of the places where you can have a blast watching them frolic! Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography 112 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

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shade from trees and gazebos. It is a great place for pets and their people to recharge together. Mountain Valley Park, the Town’s largest, also has an aquatic center and skate park. National Forest in many U.S. Forest Service-administered areas, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet in any developed recreation areas and on interpretive trails. They are not allowed in any swimming areas. The added risks from wildlife, changing weather conditions and unfenced areas that come with going off-leash in other areas mean more responsibility for owners, but the adventures of climbing hills, diving into leaves, finding your own sticks and trailing ahead or behind your owners can be a blast for everyone watching. And of course, clean up after your pets, wherever you happen to be. Valley Dog Park. Photo courtesy of Town of Prescott Valley.

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Gear up for pup Make room for the supplies you’ll need to make sure your trip through the happy hiking grounds goes off without a hitch — besides water, a bowl and treats, you’ll need bags for poop, pet-safe insect repellent, weather-appropriate gear and anything else your dog’s specific needs call for.

Hydrate safely Keeping dogs well-hydrated during hikes is just as important as it is with humans, so don’t forget to bring a collapsible bowl and enough water to keep them going. Their needs will vary with size and physical condition but the American Hiking Society recommends carrying at least 8 ounces per dog per hour. Be wary about them drinking from lakes, streams and other water sources — even if they’ve done so in the past with no issues.

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If you have your hands or backpack full carrying stuff for you and your family you can even strap some of it onto your dog, but don’t go any heavier than 25% of their body weight.

The Greater Prescott area’s natural beauty is what’s drawn so many of us here. Whether we’re in the Granite Dells, by Goldwater Lake or atop Glassford Hill, we marvel at the vistas and fresh air as we share them with everyone in our family, including our BFFs — best furry friends. We all want hiking to be at least as enjoyable for our dogs as it is for us, and in most cases they way outpace us in that regard. But there are a few things we should keep in mind to ensure our pups will be bobbing happily along the trail. Are they ready? In some ways dogs seem inherently better suited for hiking than we are, being closer to the ground and on four feet for balance, but don’t assume that’s the case. Don’t take them uphill or over long distances straight out of the gate. Puppies less than a year old don’t have fully developed bones and joints so you should hold off on hiking. Make sure your dog isn’t easily worn out by a regular walk before you hike — when you do hike, take plenty of breaks for rest and “Scooby snacks.”


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We need to remember that no matter how big their bodies and personalities are, dogs stand about 10 to 30 inches high, on average, and are more vulnerable to aggressive or venomous wildlife, bugs and ticks, poisonous plants, deep puddles and other dangers that might not register as strongly for us.

Look at the surroundings from your pet’s perspective and use their leash to steer them away from such threats.

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316 W. Perkinsville Road, Unit 2 Big Daddy E’s — Arguably the best smokehouse barbecue in Yavapai County, this small restaurant packs a big bite. Homemade barbecue sauce, jalapeno coleslaw, brisket and sliders. 380 W. Butterfield Road

501 N. State Route 89 El Charro — Great Mexican cuisine, amazing homemade margaritas and views of the central Arizona highlands. El Charro has a taxi bus to come to your home and provide a free round trip. Live entertainment on weekends; daily drink 2879specials.Arizona Trail El Paraiso — Mexican and Italian make this local gem the best of two culinary worlds; family owned, operated. From calamari to chili rellenos the spectrum is yummy.

Danny B’s Fish and Chips — If you are craving traditional fish and chips and a cold beer, look no farther. Danny B’s has a great menu. Try the coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce and the homemade clam chowder.

2515 N. Road, 1 E Lucy’s Bar and Grill — The local dive bar with great burgers and cheese curds. If you want to play some pull and listen to good music this is the place on a Friday night.


854 S. State Route 89 Thai Spot — This authentic gem is a must try. Locals recommend the Pad Thai or red curry.

Essence — Chino Valley’s first upscale establishment. Modern American cuisine; fine wine list. Winner of the Daily Courier’s “Best of” Chino Valley restaurant. 1021 N. State Route 89 (Safeway shopping center)

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Some find it hard to believe but Chino Valley has amazing restaurants and places to get adult beverages while enjoying the peaceful and friendly environment of Chino Valley. To showcase some local favorites, we have compiled a list: AromaEAT Pizza (Monster Pie) — A local favorite. Diners say this is the best pizza and wings in the Quad Cities.

Taco Corner — Authentic and the oldest existing restaurant in Chino Valley. It’s like being in someone’s house. She cooks the food and brings it out to you. Try the chile rellenos, tamales and 316enchiladas.W.Perkinsville Road InsurgentDRINK Brewing Company — Craft beer with unique flavors and a bar food menu. A friendly staff and newly renovated space makes this brewery a must to do a flight. Try the new Peavine Ale; a portion goes to improving the Peavine Trail 990system.N.State Route 89, Unit D Granite Creek Vineyards — Under new ownership, this vineyard offers weekend music. Sip some lovely wine and listen to music under a canopy of trees. Locals recommend the Granite Creek chardonnay.

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Pepper Jack’s — A great drive-thru burger joint with picnic seating. The burgers and fries are amazing, and they also have signature salads. Try the barbecue/bacon and green chili cheeseburger with a side of fries. 865 N. State Route 89


The Office of Economic Development for the Town of Chino Valley has launched a full fledge tourism campaign called “Discover Chino Valley.” Yes, there is tourism in Chino! We have a beautiful winery called Granite Creek Vineyards #morevinoinchino, an amazing micro-brewery with games and outdoor seating, hidden swimming holes, a Buddhist Temple and amazing and unique eating adventures for your not-so-everyday foodie. Most importantly, did someone say off-roading? Chino hosts the best off-roading adventure to Jerome. At a full 50-mile loop, you will have a very enjoyable day trip while soaking in the out of this world vistas and Arizona sun. The town applied for a rural co-op grant with the Arizona Office of Tourism and was granted the 50/50 match for the campaign. The campaign consists of an entire new brand kit, which includes a website, logo, colors, photography, videography, rack cards, electronic billboards in Phoenix in 2 strategic locations and more. Chino is on the map and ready to be discovered by new visitors. Please visit and sign up.

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the birth date of professional rodeo when a group of Prescott merchants and professional businessmen organized the first formalized “cowboy tournament” and offered cash prizes.

A cowboy named Juan Leivas walked off with the tournament’s first professional title and was documented in the subsequent edition of the Arizona Journal-Miner. These “cowboy contests” continued and were planned, promoted, and carried out by a committee of local merchants.

The earliest editions of Prescott’s rodeo appealed mostly to local cowboys and ranchers because it gave them the chance to bring their ranch-bred skills to town for people to see. The fancy rodeo arenas we know today were non-existent in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Prescott’ s rodeo arena was merely a tract of land in what was called Forbing Park, near what today is Iron Springs Road; very much unimproved and roped off to keep the broncs from running away after they unseated their riders. Total purses of less than $1,000 were common, although exact numbers of total contestants were often unknown.

Of all the sports we the viewer or the participant have to choose from, no other is directly related to the natural world like rodeo. And unlike any other sport, rodeo reflects skills used in real life, where the knowledge, tenacious spirit, and athletic ability inherent in the ranching world are exemplified in the competitive arena of the rodeo.

The act of rodeo, a Spanish word meaning “to round up,” is as old as cattle raising itself. Stemming from the Spanish traditions of the vaquero, it has become a world-wide phenomenon, and only in America has rodeo reached its zenith. The word “rodeo” for cowboy contests wasn’t used until 1916 and was first used in Prescott in 1924.

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From then on, rodeo has grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with more than 700 professional rodeos in 50 states.

A Look Back in Time

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Participation by the likes of Tom Mix and attendance by celebrities such as Will Rogers increased the awareness and popularity of the event. The Prescott Frontier Days designation was created by a Yavapai County Fair Association committee.

In 1913, the local cowboy tournament officially became Prescott Frontier Days® and began holding the July 4th events at its present location — then called the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, today known as the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.


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Although the Yavapai County Fair did not operate from 1933 through 1947, the rodeo continued uninterrupted and has not missed a year since 1888. In the mid ‘30s, the grandstand, the two rock buildings (today called the Pardee and Freeman buildings), and the stone “fishpond” were built at the existing site with the help of federally funded Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps projects. Recovered artifacts from that construction are on display at the Museum of Indigenous People today, along with other rodeo artifacts and memorabilia at the Sharlot Hall and Phippen museums.

Marking 50 years of Prescott rodeo, a week-long celebration was held in 1937. Many locals participated in the gala event, and many former rodeo contestants helped put on festivities that also attracted thousands of Arizonans from around the state. In the early ‘40s, a group of locals called the 20-30 Club decided to help produce Prescott’s rodeo. In those days, financial problems were pressing on the producers of the rodeo so much that there was talk of postponing or canceling it entirely, but they didn’t! The 20-30 Club, composed of young men from 20 to 30 years of age was led by local historian Lester ‘Budge’ Ruffner. These men decided to promote the working cowboy concept of rodeo, so that meant that any professional cowboy was banned from 1941-1946. World War II took many men and contestants from the rodeo ranks during this period, but with the help of local ranchers and volunteer workers the show went on.

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The 1960s saw the transition of rodeo production change hands until 1968 when the Prescott Jaycees, a local community group, took control. Of the many changes made by the Jaycees, perhaps the most important was to hire a stock contractor named Harry Vold in 1972. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company, now known as the Vold Rodeo Company, continues to furnish some of the best stock available today to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, attracting top cowboys to compete on top stock. That same year, Junior Bonner, the motion picture that featured Steve McQueen as an aging bull rider, was filmed around the actual rodeo and parade and thrust the Prescott Rodeo into the national and world-wide spotlight. In the 1970s, the Prescott Jaycees ran the celebration. In between, the Yavapai County Fair Association, a nonprofit organization, was always there to keep the rodeo going. In 1978, Prescott Frontier Days became incorporated. The nonprofit Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc., conducted its first 4th of July celebration in 1979. The Prescott Jaycees disbanded in 1979, but Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. kept the rodeo going. In 1984, several of the Rodeo Committee members signed notes on their own homes to guarantee that the World’s Oldest Rodeo would go on. The Prescott Frontier Days, Inc.

has continued ever since, with the main event being the World’s Oldest Rodeo. This name was approved and registered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1985, based upon five criteria for which it qualified.

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Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. exists today as the backbone of Prescott’s rodeo. This group is composed of hundreds of hard-working members and volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of Prescott Frontier Days and the World’s Oldest Rodeo. In July 2008, the Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. Committee was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are one of only 30 rodeo committees in the U.S. to ever have had this honor bestowed upon them.

During the late ‘40s and ‘50s, Prescott saw the rodeo tradition continue with the help of die-hard supporters such as Gordon Koch, Danny Freeman, Fred Schemmer, and Andy Jauregui. These men garnered considerable support from rodeo lovers from around town and Yavapai County. Rodeo grew as a spectator and contestant sport continually for several years. Purses grew to astronomical sums in those days –often exceeding $20,000 – to compete with rodeos in the West that sprung up to compete with Prescott’s crowds. With the competition for the rodeo spectator came the increases in charges for quality livestock. No longer could the local rancher provide enough calves, steers, and broncs to fulfill the needs of the larger number of cowboys coming to Prescott.

Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography The Best 8 Seconds “Great Cowboys and Cowgirls. Really good food.A wonderful show for the whole family.” -Drew F. The Flying Change Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Prescott Frontier Days, Inc., is run by people of all ages from Prescott and surrounding cities who give their time and talents as volunteers to put on many events each year. There are currently over 200 active members, and during the peak period, around the 4th of July, that number swells with an additional 700 volunteers, who develop, schedule, and operate the Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. Rodeo Parade, Arizona’s second largest parade; the World’s Oldest Rodeo Cowboy Golf Classic tournament; a Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children; an Old-Timers’ gathering, the annual rodeo dance, and of course, the eight performances of the World’s Oldest Rodeo. The organization has a nine member board of directors, including the president, and some 40-plus chairmen of as many committees. Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. is a major economic engine for our surrounding communities. Annually, Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. welcomes more than 35,000 rodeo spectators and an additional 30,000-plus visitors throughout the year who attend events at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.


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Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Where past Meets Present! Photo by Christopher Marchetti 130 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is dedicated to enhancing and supporting the performing arts community in Prescott and the surrounding area. We are extremely grateful to be living and working in this community and want to thank the caring and engaging patrons of the Quad Cities area. Without their help we would not be able to continue to support our outreach programs.

From its opening in February 1905, as the Elks Opera House, the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center has been witness to the evolution of our unique town of Prescott, Arizona. Just ask Bill, our majestic Elk who stands atop the iconic building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. However, what lies within that beautiful exterior is even more exciting!

by Lizabeth Rogers, Assistant Marketing & Program Manager, Prescott Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center

Come for a movie, a concert, a night of improv comedy, a stage production, a party, a class — any event at the Elks is bound to be a great time!

Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301

The Elks Theatre offers wonderful entertainment from movie nights to local and national musicians to comedy acts and so much more.

If you would like more information or to tour any of the spaces in the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, please contact us at info@etpac. org. On behalf of the entire team here at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, we thank you for your continued support.


The second story of the Performing Arts Center offers amazing spaces available for public use via hourly rentals. There are two dance studios — both include floor-to-ceiling mirrors, a sound system and specialized dance floors.

Photography courtesy of Elks Theater and Performing Arts Center

The third floor of the Performing Arts Center is home to our Crystal Hall and Sundance Room — popular venues for live, intimate performances such as concerts, comedy shows, murder-mystery dinner theater, book signings and more! These venues are also available as rentals for seminars, fashion shows, weddings, birthday parties, bridal showers, fund-raisers and anything else you can think of! We have a full kitchen available for use, as well as a wonderful integrated sound-system. We can accommodate a range of floor plans and up to 200 guests!

A portion of every dollar spent at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center benefits our local community. Over the years, the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center has been proud to provide scholarships, musical instruments and other support for local musicians, dancers and theatrical performers.

One studio floor is a floating hickory while the other is the only professionally installed sprung Marley floor in the area. We are also very proud of our state-ofthe-art audio-recording and mixing studio and sound-proof practice rooms. With our contracted sound engineer, owner of Sky City Audio Justin Ames’ support, this is the place to record a demo, perfect that voice-over or create an audition tape.

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Arts & Culture Photos by Blushing Cactus Photography CheekTones Voices of Dance ‘Tis Studio Tour - Debra Sutherland Core Photo courtesy ‘Tis Art Center and Gallery Scandalous Hands

Chicago Chicago Rachael Plays Guitar Andalusia! Bayou YavapaiBanditsCollege Phanton of the Opera

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This symphonic concert band features over 60 musicians and a sound that fills the seats every time they perform, with a tradition of presenting a large repertoire of exhilarating music. Prescott POPs Symphony

Music Groups Arizona Philharmonic    Musicians from across the state fuse genres, ensemble sizes and venues, featuring intimate chamber concerts and full-scale orchestral performances with classical and modern music.

For almost three decades these all-volunteer musicians have been producing entertaining concert seasons filled with an inspired mix of movie themes, Broadway musicals, well-known classical works and other popular favorites. It’s the foundation of the Prescott Symphony Orchestra, a group newly formed to further its community outreach with a youth orchestra. Yavapai Symphony Association

Central Arizona Concert Band


This December tradition packs the streets and stores of historic downtown Prescott with local performers, solo and in groups, to play for donations to a fund for youth scholarships for music lessons and instruments.Scandalous

Annual Events Check websites or Facebook for updated information. Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Summer Concert Series

The hills, mountains, valleys, dells, halls and streets of Greater Prescott are alive with the sounds of live music. Local musicians perform for audiences large and small in theaters, bars, parks, churches, schools, arenas and countless other venues. The area’s slate of annual music events also draw artists from near and far. More than filling seats, they inspire audiences to dream and dance and help the community to thrive.

What started as a contest dedicated to a local fiddler has evolved into the only free festival of its caliber in the western U.S. Bands from all over the West perform during this familyfriendly Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza event every June.

Acker Night

Prescott Bluegrass Festival

Prescott’s signature downtown summer concert series, with performances from 6-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Enjoy jazz on Tuesdays, the Central Arizona Concert Band every third Thursday and live rock, blues or country on other nights.

Since 1964 this nonprofit has brought the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and other stellar ensembles to Prescott, often including pre-concert talks and post-concert opportunities while raising money for youth scholarships.

Back Alley Wine Bar 156www.backalleywine.comS.MontezumaSt.,Prescott, AZ 86303 480.570.5131 Birdcage Saloon 160www.thebirdcagesaloon.comS.MontezumaSt.,Prescott, AZ 86303 928.778.9921 Creekside Lodge 928.632.077711255www.creeksidelodgeandcabinsaz.comAZ-69,Mayer,AZ86333 Founding Fathers Collective 928.541.1556218.www.foundingfatherscollective.comN.GraniteSt.,Prescott,Arizona,86301 Jersey Lilly Saloon 116www.jerseylillysaloon.comS.MontezumaSt.,Prescott, AZ 86303 928.541.7854 Mark’s Beer Garden 1590 Swenson St., Prescott, AZ 86305 928.515.1044 Matt’s Saloon 112www.mattssaloon.comS.MontezumaSt.,Prescott, AZ 86303 928.776.2974 Mogollon Vineyards 928.243.83872430www.mogollonvineyards.comAZ-69,Dewey,AZ86327 Rafter Eleven 2985www.RafterEleven.comN.CentreCt.,Ste. B, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 928.227.2050 The Attic 218 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ 86303 928.237.3059 The Point Bar & Lounge 928.237.9027114www.thepointbarandlounge.comN.MontezumaSt.,Prescott,AZ86301 The Raven Cafe 142www.ravencafe.comN.CortezSt.,Prescott, AZ 86301 928.717.0009 The Windsock Lounge 928.776.7309Prescott,1385www.thewindsocklounge.netW.IronSpringsRd.,AZ86305 Thumb Butte Distillery 400 N. Washington Ave., Prescott, AZ 928.443.8498www.thumbbuttedistillery.com86301 Whiskey River Tavern 214 S. Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ 86303 928.237.5817 Winey Cats Chino2515www.wineycats.comN.Road1E.,Valley,Arizona 86323 Showcase Live Music Venues Photos by Blushing Cactus Photography Bayou Bandits 138 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

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ArtsPerformingPhotosbyBlushingCactusPhotography Chicago It’s A Wonderful LifeVoices of Dance

Voices of Dance Footloose Yavapai College Phanton of the Opera

Local ShowsArt Fine Art & Wine Festival Photo by Fernando Mendigutia Fine Art & Wine Festival Photo by Fernando Mendigutia Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk Photo courtesy of Yavapai College Art Gallery 142 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

Day at the Fair Photo by Fernando Mendigutia The Prescott Plein Air Art Festival - Artists In The Gardenss Photo courtesy Highland’s Center or Natural History Fine Art & Wine Festival Photo by Fernando Mendigutia PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 143


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Prescott is everybody’s hometown — sit down at one of our eateries and you’ll feel right at home too!



Local restaurants are part of the glue which holds a community together. They’re a shared experience, whether you meet friends there for a bite to eat, happen to run into them there or talk about the food and service you’ve experienced during a hike or work meeting.

When you’re visiting a community, you can get a literal taste for not only the food but the tenor of residents’ relationships to each other and the business community. You learn about the flavors and ambiance they value and the kind of conversations they have.

Greater Prescott has a thriving dining scene with options to suit every taste bud and budget. Whether you’re seeking a pizza parlor, gastropub, comfort food, local food-focused fine dining, barbecue, Asian cuisine, Mexican fare or nearly any other category you’ll find a culinary home.

Turkey Cob Salad at The County Seat

Photo by Debby Wolvos

The Barley Hound

Photo by Jordyn Vixie Red White


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AMERICAN Prescott Junction 1121 E. Sheldon St. 928 .778 .4029 Comfort food and all-youcan-eat breakfast bar The County Seat 120 W. Gurley St. 928 .515 .3359 American bistro dinner celebrating the seasonality of Prescott Triple Creek Kitchen & Spirits 300 N. Montezuma St. 928 . 277 4637 A continental and regional blend of favorite American dishes Waffle Iron Cafe 420 E. Sheldon St. 928 .445 .9944 Waffles, pancakes, flavorful breakfast, brunch Waffles-N-More 1365 Iron Springs Rd., Suite 1 928 .778 .3039 Local favorite, breakfast, brunch, family style Augie’s 1721 AZ-69 928 .777 .0330 American food with unique flare, bar, chefs table BiGA 623 Miller Valley Rd. 928 227 2543 American cuisine and farmto-fork family suppers Dry Gulch 1630 Adams Ave. 928 778 9693 Western style steak house, bar Gurley Street Grill 230 W. Gurley St. 928 .445 .3388 Light fare, cold beer, burgers and wraps The Office  128 N. Cortez St. 928 .445 .1211 Sports bar, southwestern dishes, burgers  The Palace Restaurant & Saloon 120 S. Montezuma St. 928 541 1996 Historic Old West bar and restaurant ASIAN Chi’s Cuisine 114 N. Cortez St. 928 .778 .5390 Common, authentic Thai and Chinese food, crab puffs Bakery Wildflower Bread 3201 State Hwy 69 928 .717 .1700 Soups, sandwiches,salads,pasta BAR Birdcage Saloon 160 S. Montezuma St. 928 .778 .9921 Funky, old-timey watering hole & live music Jersey Lilly Salon 116 W. Montezuma St. 928 .541 .7854 The only balcony overlooking the Courthouse Square! JJ’s Saloon 444 W. Goodwin St. 928 445 9867 Dive bar, karaoke, pub Lyzzard’s Lounge 120 N. Cortez St. 928 778 2244 Lyzzards specialty elixirs and draft beers! Pudge & Asti’s Sports Bar & Grill 721 6th St. 928 .778 .2893 Full bar, 24 beers on tap, limited lunch & dinner. The Final Score Sports Bar & Grill 1011 Commerce Dr., Suite A 928 .778 .2211 Sports Bar & Grill  The Windsock Lounge 1365 W. Iron Springs Rd. 928 .776 .7309 Bar, live shuffleboardentertainment,andpool tables Matt’s Saloon 112 S. Montezuma St. 928 776 2974 Drink specials, off-track betting, live music The Point Bar and Lounge 114 N. Montezuma St. 928 237 9027  A prohibition-era style speakeasy, live music Lucy Dee’s BBQ 669 E. Sheldon St. 928 .237 5765 Meats are smoked daily on premise, fresh sides Mark’s Beer Garden 1590 Swenson St. 928 .515 1044 Beer, wine and food, BBQ, live music, karaoke Uncle Bud’s Place 1781 E. Hwy 69 928 227 0092 Cajun, BBQ, family recipes, homestyle take-out Whiskey River Tavern 214 S. Montezuma St. 928 237 5317 Award-winning burgers, drinks and live music. BREWERY Prescott CompanyBrewing 130 W. Gurley St. 928 .771 .2795 Traditional pub food, fresh, handcrafted beer. Lazy G Brewhouse 220 W. Leroux St. 928 .445 .2994 Craft beer, American cuisine and dog-friendly  Burgers, Ice Cream, Gelato Marino’s MOB burger & ice cream 113 S. Cortez St. 928 515 1690 Historic Burger, breakfast, ice cream and gelato shop CAFE Dinner Bell Cafe 321 W. Gurley St. 928 .445 .9888 Circa-1939 eatery popular for homestyle American breakfast plus lunch favorites. Park Plaza Liquor and Deli 402 W. Goodwin St. 928 .541 .9894 Wood-fired pizza & liquor/beer/wine/cigarswings, Zeke’s Eatin’ Place 1781 E. Route 69, Suite 35 928 776 4602 Western country-style food with huge portions CHINESE Canton Dragon  377 N. Montezuma St. 928 .771 .8118 Cantonese style food, generous portions COFFEE Cuppers Coffee House 224 S. Montezuma St. 928 .445 .1636 Relaxed, homey coffeehouse serving espresso, breakfast & sandwiches. The Porch 226 N. Montezuma St. 928 .227 .2790 Coffee shop, scones, crepes, bagels and quiche Third Shot Coffee 3106 Gateway Mall 928 227 3465 Coffee house, bakery, breakfast and lunch Wild Iris Coffeehouse 124 S. Granite St., Suite E 928 778 5155 Coffee, bakery, pastries, sandwiches DISTILLERY Thumb Butte Distillery 400 N. Washington Ave. 928 .443 .8498 Distillery for whiskey, gin and vodka  PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 151

FINE DINING Murphy’s  201 N. Cortez St. 928 .445 .4044 Prime rib, seafood, burgers, sandwiches The Finn 3150 Touchmark Blvd. 928 .708 3131 Fine dining, fresh, local food, signature cocktails The Peacock Dining Room 122 E. Gurley St. 928 778 9434 American cuisine, lounge, full bar, entertainment Fusion, VegetarianAmerican,Friendly Atmesfir 232 S. Montezuma St. 928 .445 .1929 The best local ingredients at the peak of their season GASTROPUB Barley Hound 234 S. Cortez St. 928 .237 .4506 Gastropub,beer, craft cocktails, fun atmosphere GREEN CAFÉ Raven Cafe 142 N. Cortez St. 928 717 0009 Burgers, small bites, Vegetarian,HealthsandwichesFood,Vegan Farm Provisions 148 N. Montezuma St. 928 .776 .3001 True experience,farm-to-tableseasonal menus Health Vegetarian,Food,Vegan The Local  520 W. Sheldon St. 928 .237 .4724 Unique and creative food, made from scratch INDIAN Taj RestaurantMahal & Bar 124 N. Montezuma St. 928 .445 .5752 Indian cuisine, bar, live entertainment. ITALIAN LaBruzza’s Italian Ristorante  1480 Iron Springs Rd. 928 .778 .1757 Italian comfort food served in homey setting Limoncello 218 W. Goodwin St. 480 399 9978 Homemade Italian food, salads, pasta & pizzeria.  Papa’s Italian Resturaunt  129 N. Cortez St. 928 776 4880 Pasta, pizza, full bar Rosa’s Pizzeria 330 W. Gurley St. 928 445 7400 Authentic Sicilian and Southern Italian recipes  MEXICAN Arturos RestaurantMexican 503 Miller Valley Rd. 928 .445 .5787 Mexican food, prepared daily, fresh ingredients Casa Alvarez 321 W. Gurley St. 928 .445 .9888 Homemade Mexican-style food from Jalisco, Mexico Casa Sanchez 1459 W. Gurley St. 928 .771 .9505 Homemade Mexican-style food from Jalisco, Mexico La Planchada  217 W Gurley St. 928 756 2709 Modern taqueria and tequilla bar Gurley Street Grill 152 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

Lindo Mexico 1260 Gail Gardner Way, Suite 101 928 .227 0924 www.lindomexico. Mexicannetwaiter.comFood, full bar Maya’s Resturant 512 S. Montezuma St. 928 .776 .8346 Authentic Mexican food, BYOB  Spicy Streats 1201 Iron Springs Rd., Suite 13 928 .277 .8210 Authentic Mexican street food Taco Don’s  624 Miller Valley Rd. 928 .778 .6246 Mexican food, drive thru, inside seating. PIZZA Bill’s Pizza 107 S. Cortez St. 928 443 0800 Pizza, salads, local micro brews and wines Two Mama’s Pizza 221 N. Cortez St. 928 443 9455 Specialty pizza, sandwiches, salads, desserts PUB Prescott Public House 218 W. Gurley St. 928 .277 .8062 Local craft beer, small bites & BBQ. SOUTHWEST INSPIRED Tapas & Cuisine El Gato Azul 316 W. Goodwin St. 928 .445 .1070 Over 50 tapas, pasta, seafood, live music Southwest, American Lone Spur Cafe 106 W. Gurley St. 928 .445 .8202 Cowboy food, cowboy service and cowboy charm  STEAKHOUSE Texas Roadhouse 3310 Gateway Blvd. 928 .778 .7427 Hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratchribs,sides SUSHI Fujiyama RestaurantJapanese&SushiBar 1781 AZ-69, Unit 15 928 .776 .8659 Simple, straightforward venue for sushi, tempura & other Japanese staples. KoKo Grill 1297 E Gurley St. 928 .227 .3125 Street Japenese eats & sushi TASTING ROOM Back Alley Wine Bar 156 S. Montezuma St. (back alley) 480 570 .5131 Arizona wine flights, craft beer and cider, live music Flying Leap Vineyards Tasting Room 124 S. Granite St. 520 954 2935 Tasting room, full-service, direct distributor  Superstition Meadery 120 W. Gurley St. 928 458 4256 More than 10 varieties of mead, tapas and dessert THAI Tara Thai 115 S. Cortez St. 928 .772 .3249 Thai food, open lunch and dinner. Thai House Cafe 230 N. Cortez St. 928 777 0041 Authentic Thai food, excellent curry Farm Provisions PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 153

Winter Chopped Salad GastropubFeatures by Tony Burris, Chef, The Barley Hound & Matt Hart, General Manager of Chef-DrivenViviliOperations,HospitalityPhotographybyDebbyWolvosMenu 154 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

The restaurant is just south of the historic Courthouse Square in a Victorianstyle home dating to early the 1900s. Its expansive and dog-friendly patio is undeniably the best place in Prescott for al fresco dining coupled with an even larger, covered backyard patio and a small but intimate dining room inside. While the quaint exterior may be unassuming, the creativity found on the menu is anything but.

Leveraging the combined experience and dynamic vision of Chef Tony Burris, general manager Sarah Burke-Gomez and proprietor Skyler Reeves, The Barley Hound pairs drinks and dishes for both the adventurous eater and those who prefer familiarity. The menu is complete with highquality ingredients and thoughtful dishes made with fresh and local ingredients. The drink menu includes inventive cocktails made with house-infused spirits, a curated wine list and all Arizona brewed beers.


As the first original concept by the Vivili Hospitality Group, The Barley Hound is an American gastropub at the forefront of putting Prescott on the map as its own eclectic culinary destination that’s earned it national recognition.

While The Barley Hound is a favorite among locals and travelers, made famous for its ‘Merica Burger and Truffle Duck Fat Fries, such chef-driven creations as the brisket and pork belly meatballs served with chiliinfused orange marmalade and scallops prepared with fresh fennel, tomato jam and grapefruit round out the food menu.

Barley Hound Old Fashioned A unique take on the Old Fashioned includes the Phat Fashion with duck fat infused bourbon made completely in-house for a smoky and surprising twist on this classic cocktail standard.

Reservations are recommended, and expanded hours for spring and summer are coming soon. For more information or to make a reservation,

A unique take on the Old Fashioned includes the Phat Fashion with duck fat infused bourbon made completely inhouse for a smoky and surprising twist on this classic cocktail standard.

The Barley Hound

The forefront of the culinary experience

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Mimosa by Raven, Owner, Leff-T’s Steakhouse & Grill


Photography by Randi Tolksdorf

So, the next time you’re in the mood for a fresh, homemade meal, give us a try. We won’t let you down!

Leff-T’s Steakhouse & Grill A Brand Above the Rest

Are you hungry for a superb meal and a mighty fine time? You’ve come to the right place!


Made with fresh strawberries and basil, this cocktail is perfect for the warm weather that’s approaching. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this refreshing drink!

Dedicated to being a “brand above the rest,” we here at Leff-T’s Steakhouse & Grill are dedicated to serving you and providing a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Off Highway 69 in Dewey, we are a family-owned, Westernthemed restaurant with a passion for savory food and exemplary service. Our atmosphere is complemented by a modern twist with our vast collection of license plates from all over the world, generously donated to us from our customers over the years. This makes our customers part of the restaurant and its unforgettable design and ambience. When it comes to serving delicious food and drinks, we’ve got you covered! Start off your meal right with a margarita or perhaps one of our Leff T’s pale ales on draft. We also serve Trader Joe’s fine coffee and freshly brewed tea. From our famous creamy chicken & wild rice soup to our tender and succulent ribeye & filet mignon steaks, we have dozens of delicious foods that will make your taste buds sing! Fridays we offer wild Alaskan cod, and every Saturday we mesquite smoke our prime rib for our customers. For your sweet tooth, we make all of our desserts in house. We offer carrot cake, fruit cobbler, pie, bread pudding or a decadent hot fudge brownie sundae. You can be sure that you will not leave here hungry.


ChickenMediterraneanSalad by Matt Hart, General Manager, The County Seat Photography by Debby Wolvos A Trip Up the Stairs Pays Off 158 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

Good Food Served Daily Bloody Mary

The County Seat

While the simplicity of the menu may be deceiving, the dedication of the kitchen staff led by Chef Kelsey Salamon yields a-madefrom-scratch flavor that is hard to find — making the trip up the stairs well worth it.

One of the best kept secrets in Prescott, The County Seat, is a local gathering place, mercantile and restaurant that upsets the norm for options in Prescott’s downtown Courthouse Square.

Inspired décor from Andrea Wojciak Interiors create a space both welcoming and familiar while maintaining an everyday sophistication not found elsewhere in downtown.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and staking its claim in what is arguably the best location in town, The County Seat is where you go to get the best chicken sandwich of your life and a refreshing glass of wine while overlooking the beloved local landmark, the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Whether coming in for a quick bite, a locally roasted coffee from FreeForm Coffee Roasters or setting up for a study session, The County Seat welcomes guests 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more, visit

The product of Proprietor Skyler Reeves’

vision and daily execution by general managers Stephanie Hollingsworth and myself, The County Seat is designed to bring the outdoors in with large windows, skylights and bright walls blending harmoniously with trellises overflowing with lush greenery.

The expansive 6,500-square-foot restaurant offers fast-casual service within a coffeehouse-like setting complete with an Instagram worthy wraparound bar, lounge seating, custom communal dining tables and a curated mercantile area of trendy retail offerings.


It offers an array of hearty sandwiches, robust salads and grab-and-go items paired with a full-coffee bar and craft cocktails.

With the goal of creating a casual sanctuary for locals and visitors alike, The County Seat brings a bright and modern vibe to the small, but bustling historic downtown area and is the best place to find good food and good health, served daily.

The TCS Bloody Mary is gently shaken, served over ice with a bacon salt rim, slice of bacon and garnished with a Pepperoncini, Pepperjack cheese and green chile cornbread muffin.

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Essence’s mission is to inspire creativity, while nurturing the craft of the industry and share it with the community.


Essence is a contributing member of the Chino Valley community and partners with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lioness Club on local outreach programs and fundraisers.

Essence’s annual spaghetti dinner provides backpacks filled with school supplies donated by the Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation and are picked up at the restaurant during the month of August.

industry with hands-on experience and an avenue to explore their skills and craft. They support students in their restaurant careers, providing them with employment and internships to meet their career goals. Additionally, Essence provides an avenue for the students to volunteer at their complementary veteran’s luncheon that takes place every other month. They also support our community with fundraisers to help local youth and veterans and school sporting teams.

Essence Kitchen + Bar Students and Community

Essence Kitchen + Bar is the flagship restaurant run by, husband-and-wife team Chef Jason and Julia. Essence is a fullservice restaurant with wait staff who are hospitable, friendly and knowledgeable. The décor is


These refreshing Kiwi Mint Mojito Cocktails are made with rum, elderflower, kiwi reàl, monin mojito mint, fresh lime, muddled mint, and soda water. It’s a fresh take on the classic.

Kiwi Mint Mojito



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A Legacy of Excellence in Education Since it was founded in 1978, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus has forged a place among the top STEM schools in the nation. Our highly regarded degree programs range from aviation and aerospace to engineering and cybersecurity and give students tools to help them thrive academically and professionally. To meet the challenges of today’s industry, we also provide hands-on learning that sparks innovation and exploration, with expert faculty leading the way and state-of-the-art learning facilities that include the new STEM Education Center and the King Engineering and Technology Center. To set your sights on success, start with the school renowned for training tomorrow’s workforce. Start with Embry-Riddle.



The mile-high city of Prescott, which is nestled among the Bradshaw Mountains and reflects the spirit of the West, offers excellent flying weather all year and opportunities for students to enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing, to name a few.

No matter what our students are passionate about, Embry-Riddle’s wide range of degree programs fuel success by blending the practical experience and career-focused academics that prepare them to become the best and brightest in their fields.

Focus on Your Future at Embry-Riddle Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona, campus is respected worldwide for leading-edge education that is helping to train tomorrow’s leaders in aerospace, aviation, engineering and cybersecurity.


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But the idea of an outdoor classroom where students of all ages could learn about the natural world, particularly that of the Central Arizona Highlands, was too good to let go. The center’s first director Nichole Trushell, together with a band of supporters and volunteers, reshaped the nature center and forged the way toward the center’s future. In November 1995, after many, many meetings with good baking and much coffee, the Highlands Center for Natural History was incorporated, and the search for a new site began.

In the early 1970s, far-sighted community members and Prescott Unified School District leadership recognized the value of outdoor science-based education and created the Community Nature Center. Members of the Youth Employment Program built a log cabin, and the dream for the Center grew.

Sadly, in 1989, after 13 years of operating, the gates closed.


How about a walk in the woods…

The story of the Highlands Center for Natural History, Prescott’s Nature Center, begins on a lush, wooded, 22acre biologically diverse site among ancient boulders.

Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Photo by The Highlands Center

… or stroll along the creek through Learning Circles illustrating the natural history of the Central Highlands…

In April of 2001, a special use authorization gave the Highlands Center permission to establish operations on a beautiful 80-acre parcel in the Prescott National Forest for a 25-year term. By partnering with the Prescott National Forest, the center had created a special partnership between a governmental agency and a private nonprofit. Even though there were no buildings on the site, it was immediately used for educational purposes with several programs making use of the new site. The campus opened to the public in 2004 (trails, restrooms and Kiwanis Amphitheater). In January 2007 staff moved into their new offices, The James Learning Center, and life as we now know it began. With this prime location on Lynx Creek near the Lynx Lake Recreation Area, the Highlands Center was poised to meet the needs of a rapidly growing region. With a

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Gold Certified LEED building and experienced staff, the center was perfectly placed to provide education and recreation for residents and visitors of Central Arizona. In 2021 more than 30,000 visitors throughout the country enjoyed the Highlands Center.

…Listen to birds and sounds of the forest or relax in the shade on a comfortable bench. In 2017 we opened the James Family Discovery Gardens. The goal of the gardens is to make nature more accessible to everyone. The Discovery Gardens also are a regional botanical garden, interpreting the unique biological habitats of the Central Arizona Highlands. The Discovery Gardens are also one of the few fully ADA accessible outdoor spaces in Yavapai County. Over the years the Highlands Center has continued to expand and grow while adhering to its core mission of an outdoor classroom where students of all ages could learn about and explore the natural world.


Photo by Nancy Maurer

…Bring the kids and play on the boulders, sand box and web in a natural Forest Play area… Currently the center serves over 10,000 children a year through onsite school programs, nature camps and off-site at our Schoolyard Habitats. Onsite programs include school field trips for grades K-5 and a preschool program called KneeHigh Naturalists. Nature camps for preschool through middle school students include sessions in the fall, spring and summer. The Schoolyard Habitat program takes the mission directly to schools at school-site native plant gardens and outdoor classrooms. Special events and programs include Discovery Saturdays throughout the year, the Grow Native! Plant Sales in late spring and early fall, Plein Air Art Festival in October, Shakespeare in the Pines in June, and Community Nature Studies Series seasonally. In 2021, the Highlands Center launched a chapter of the Arizona Master Naturalist Program for the Central Highlands and hosts an annual certification course.


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The designer in me likes the architectural structure of the whole plant, and as a perennial it comes back every year. If you like to eat artichokes, harvest the fruits before the color shows on the flower. Allow the artichokes to mature and bloom, and you provide family, friends and yourself an exuberant show! Maximize the landscape impact by companion planting edible and non-edible plants in these showy combinations: Sage & Succulents show well together. Rosy afterglow chicks and hen look great when surrounded by sage, Salvia officinalis. This tricolor variety has a mouth-watering culinary flavor with year-round appeal as a contrast plant against succulents. Thyme & New Zealand flax can be planted for impact. A mound of blue green culinary thyme, Thymus vulgaris, softens the upright foliage of the stiffer New Zealand flax, Phormium. Thyme also works well when planted with yucca, agave and upright native grasses.

Basil & Golden Thyme combine for a landscaper’s “Wow!” Golden lemon thyme is low growing with bright yellow leaves that when planted with Red Rubin or Siam basil the effect yells, “We know by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s Garden Gal

The front yard of your house makes that important first impression. Most of us lean heavily on the shrub border and a couple trees to bring the landscapes design all together. Interestingly, the front yard is often the sunniest spot in a landscape, and although vegetable gardens thrive in lots of sun we rarely install what is basically a working farm for all to see. With careful planning, edible plants can become part of a striking landscape. “Hide them in plain sight” is the secret to a great-looking landscape that also adds to your harvest. Artichoke plants are the superstars of the front-yard edibles. These attention-grabbing plants make a bold statement with their softball-sized purple flowers shown off against dramatic downy blue foliage.

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Tomatoes in the front yard? Yes! I like to use small-fruited tomatoes, especially the sweet 100, yellow pears and golden sweet varieties. The clusters are extremely ornamental and their foliage doesn’t deteriorate at the end of the season like others. Plant tomatoes at the edge of raised beds and let them tumble over — very pretty. Plant tomatoes in a large cobalt blue pot, growing through a solar yellow cage with pink wave petunias spilling over the edges and you have a container garden that exhibits great taste, which tastes great. The style will be so stunning you can show it off right at the front door.


Many culinary herbs are direct descendants of our native plants and make for hardy landscape edibles. Low-growing oregano, sage and creeping rosemary knit the landscape together for a cultivated garden style. Most herbs are perennial and spread each year, so encourage them to grow throughout the landscape. Mint makes a superior container plant, but I prefer planting it by the driveway, especially at the low side where rain naturally runs. Mint flourishes under the extra moisture and with their dense roots help prevent erosion.

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style!” Both bring great flavors to the kitchen. Although they look good in container gardens, try planting them directly into a driveway border.

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Watters Garden Center 1815 Iron Springs Road, Prescott, AZ 86305 928-445-4159

Chocolate mint can take over lush garden settings so if it gets too aggressive, run it over with the SUV. Go ahead, abuse that mint; it will still produce those wonderful chocolaty leaves perfect for summer party teas! Watters 7-4-4 All Purpose Plant Food is the secret to great-tasting edibles. Bring out the best flavors in the gardens with an application of this all-natural food at six-week intervals starting in spring. Herbs and vegetables thrive under the care of this locally produced plant food. Insects do not care for the taste of herbal landscapes. In fact, herbs are companion plants in the vegetable garden to repel bugs. If you happen to spot huge green caterpillars on the tomatoes in mid-summer there is an easy organic solution that any sensible homeowner can use: Watters Thuricide bug control that knocks down summer insects but is safe enough to use on all edible plants. It really works and much safer to use around pets and people. Trees can be your greatest source of food. Not only do fruit trees bloom in the spring, provide shade in summer, and deliver great fall colors, they deliver an abundance of food in the landscape. Friends, along with the local food bank, will welcome the leftover harvest you simply cannot use. Or, dust off the canning supplies and use the entire bounty. Some edibles develop better flavor with a bit of shade, so take advantage of the irrigation already plumbed to tree wells. Crops like lettuces, kale, peas, nasturtiums, radishes and cabbages thrive under shaded conditions and look great in contrast to a stark tree well. Landscaping with edible plants is easy with a little help. Bring a photo, iPad or smartphone to Watters Garden Center at 1815 Iron Springs Road in Prescott and let one of the many horticulturalists help in the planning. They can also provide extra resources like the best planting techniques for the area, how to grow better tomatoes, grapes and more. Until next time, I’ll be helping local gardeners plant more edible plants here at Watters Garden Center. Lisa Watters-Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Road in Prescott, or contacted through or

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Flowers at Watters Garden Center Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

– Lady Bird Johnson



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Hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing carry you up toward the horizon, while cycling and geocaching work just about everywhere. Offroad excursions bring you up close to the region’s most spectacular hard-to-reach corners. Nature is soothing and healing, but its circumstances can be unpredictable and exciting. Let it become your gateway to

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Greater Prescott’s landscape can’t be captured in one sentence. It has craggy mountains, boulder-strewn hillsides and meadows, crystalline lakes, dense forests, high desert plateaus and riparian corridors. That just means everyone who wants to know more about it needs to get out and explore! The outdoor recreation options here are pretty much infinite and span all four seasons. If you want to play on the water you can fish, boat or kayak to your heart’s content. Horse lovers can ride the ridges and range much like in the days of the Old West.


The diverse geography of Greater Prescott makes it an ideal playground for off-roading.


The landscape provides an endless supply of inspiration and challenge to residents and visitors drawn from around the globe. Many enthusiasts love to use the powers granted to them by a 4X4 or ATV to reach ghost towns, campgrounds and other treasures typically just out of reach. For others it’s all about the journey and how many obstacles they can overcome; the bigger and more perilous the better.

The area has great opportunities for all kinds of riders and drivers, from the dedicated Alto Pit day-use area and campground just outside Prescott to Mingus Mountain outside Jerome and Perkinsville Road, Chino Valley’s gateway to Central Arizona’s unpaved interior. If you’re able to go a little farther afield, you won’t want to miss Sedona and the chance to get even closer to the towering spires and mesas, or head south to the high desert and sky islands around Bumble Bee, Cleator and Crown King. So get yourself a solid truck, find yourself a buddy for added safety and fun, and take off into the wilderness!

• Prescott National Forest: prescott/recreation/

Off-roading also is ideal for reaching awesome hiking and biking trails you’d never have the time to reach by foot.

• Arizona Game and Fish:

One of the best reasons to go off-roading is to get away from civilization and spend time camping, birding, working out or doing anything else in nature that lowers stress and blood pressure.

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The Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance is the largest club serving this community; members advocate for responsible riding and trail access while organizing group rides for all types of riders.

• City of Prescott: events/recreation-areas/

Most City of Prescott and Prescott National Forest hiking trails also are open to mountain bikers, but a few have been built with these users in mind — the Spence Springs area at Iron King and Spence Spring roads in Prescott, the Homestead, and Thumb Butte Bypass trails in the forest.

Greater Prescott’s rocky, scenic terrain is tailor-made for mountain biking, which is a tremendous full-body workout that tests your legs, upperbody strength, heart and lungs, and nearly every muscle in your body.

• Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance:

It’s an activity related to road or flat-trail bicycling, but takes you into the wilder, more rugged areas of our mountain highland home. It involves more risk, yet many find it more rewarding.

• Prescott National Forest: bicycling/?recid=67155&actid=24prescott/recreation/


Hundreds of trails suitable for mountain biking can be found throughout the Greater Prescott region, but riders should do a little homework about the difficulty levels of the ones they want to attempt to avoid any dangerous situations. A few minutes of research can ensure everyone has a great time and enjoys mountain biking the way it should be!

• Prescott National Forest: prescott/recreation/

This is an activity for all ages and can be done year-round, though trekking through the iciest passages of winter should be left to the experts.

It’s easy to see that Greater Prescott was made for hiking.


• City of Prescott: events/recreation-areas/

There are trails to be explored everywhere, in the forests, the grasslands, and of course, in the Granite Dells, which is a geography unto itself.

• Town of Prescott Valley:

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Just look around — the Bradshaw Mountains and the Sierra Prieta mountain range, 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.

The City of Prescott alone has about 100 miles of trails within its borders, and the Prescott Circle Trail threads segments of the city’s and U.S. Forest Service trails into a 56-mile loop along the scenic fringes of the community.

The selection of trails, paths, single-tracks, twotracks, ruts, routes and other byways is firstrate; here’s a handful of the most beloved: Thumb Butte Trail No. 33 — A 2-mile loop up and down the face of the area’s most recognizable mountain, it’s one of the most popular hikes in Prescott National Forest.

Lynx Recreational Trail No. 311 — Lynx Lake is ringed by a 2.4-mile, half-paved trail, with the western half paved and wheelchair-accessible.

The Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail — This 6-mile stretch of former railroad bed (one-way) is a flat, broad path past Watson Lake into the heart of the Dells, then north into a wide-open plateau.


• City of Prescott: events/recreation-areas/

Images of Westerns and cowboy life might go through your head when thinking about horseback riding in Greater Prescott.

For the horse enthusiast, though, riding here can be the real deal. A day spent on the back of a horse while enjoying the beauty of the area is a day well spent.

• Prescott Valley:

Several trails including the Aspen Creek, Pioneer Park and Longview trails in the City of Prescott and Groom Creek Trail in Prescott National Forest permit horseback riding. Also, the popular Iron King Trail of Prescott Valley and Peavine Trail of Prescott connect, offering the seasoned rider a chance to ride from Prescott to Prescott Valley while taking in the open vistas and Granite Dells.

To learn more about rider-friendly trails, be sure to visit the websites for the City of Prescott and the Town of Prescott Valley. No matter how you look at it, horseback riding in the area is just part of the fabulous life that Prescott and Prescott Valley have to offer.

• Prescott National Forest: recreation/

• Prescott National Forest: recreation/

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• Born to be Wild Adventures:

Kayaks and canoes have been battling for dominance of U.S. lakes for decades, while stand-up paddleboarding is one of the nation’s fastest-growing waterborne workouts. You can bring your own watercraft or turn to the rental companies that serve most of Greater Prescott’s major lakes.

The City of Prescott manages Watson, Willow and Goldwater lakes, while Prescott National Forest oversees Lynx and Granite Basin lakes. The lakes are accessible year-round, but most rental companies operate in the summer when these activities are extremely popular, for good reason!

There’s no better way to plunge into the beauty of greater Prescott than with a kayak, canoe or paddle board. Whether your lake of choice takes you to the base of stunning granite outcroppings or plops you into the middle of a lush pine forest, gliding on the water makes the experience even more heavenly as you propel yourself toward whatever attracts you. Fishing is optional and can add equal amounts of relaxation and excitement to your day!

• Prescott Outdoors rentals:

• City of Prescott: area/


• Prescott National Forest: recreation/

When driving around Greater Prescott in the summer, it seems like half the vehicles on the road have kayaks or canoes strapped to the top or a boat in tow. Our area is dotted with picturesque, diverse lakes where you can spend a day out on the water. Many have boat ramps to launch your small craft out onto the water, including Watson Lake and Willow Lake in the midst of the majestic Granite Dells. Lynx, Goldwater and Granite Basin lakes also have boat ramps and are tucked into the ponderosa forests of the surrounding mountains. All five lakes are surrounded by recreational areas with lots of things to do on shore, but many people agree nothing quite compares to cruising on water with the breeze in your hair, detached from workaday life and surrounded by beauty. No boat? No problem! Lynx, Watson and Goldwater lakes all have boat, kayak and paddleboard rental options. Before you go out onto the water, take a little time to become informed about the rules of safe boating in Arizona by checking out the Arizona Game and Fish website at

• Prescott: area/;;


It’s a temptation drawing more and more climbers as their numbers grow past 10 million nationwide.

• Prescott National Forest: climbing/?recid=67155&

Climbing rewards you with an unparalleled workout, breathtaking views and a vibrant community of fans where you’re bound to find friends.

• Moja Gear Prescott guide:

Here are the three categories of rock climbing readily found here: Trad: (traditional) Climbers plan their routes and carry their own anchors and other protective equipment.


It’s been said that Arizona has more exposed rock than any other state, and few places in the state have so many vertical faces ideal for rock climbing within easy access to each other as Greater Prescott.

• The Mountain Project: area/107448832/

Bouldering: Climbers ascend boulders or other rock formations that top out at about 20 feet without the use of ropes or harnesses. The Groom Creek area’s rocks are a particular draw for boulderers.

Sport: Climbers use pre-placed bolts or climb short distances with a crash pad underneath, as in a climbing gym.

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Almost all of Prescott’s extensive trail system is open to cycling, with the Greenways Trail System, Embry RiddleJan Alfano Trails and the Peavine among the most popular choices for flat-surface riding, while many others are more suitable for mountain biking. Both communities enforce bicyclingrelated traffic rules on their roads and have long-term plans to increase their networks of bike-friendly trails to encourage more residents to use them for Prescotttransportation.Alternative Transportation is a nonprofit formed to advocate for cyclists and pedestrians who rely on these forms of Cyclingtransportation.ofanytype is popular among Greater Prescott residents and is growing even more so as cycling clubs continue to form. The largest is Bike Prescott, which has at least one regular scheduled ride every day of the week. It focuses on road cycling but also includes gravel and combination rides.


Whether you prefer streets or gravel, Greater Prescott has all kinds of options for cyclists who want to get out and ride. Miles of bike paths line city streets, and bike-friendly trails thread through the forests and plateaus. Prescott Valley has several multiuse paths along with the Iron King Trail, which feeds into Prescott’s iconic Peavine Trail.

• Town of Prescott Valley:

• Prescott Transportation:Alternative

• City of Prescott: events/recreation-areas/


• Bike Prescott:


Take technology, an adventure and a treasure and put them together. What do you have? Geocaching! Using GPS-enabled devices, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates found on www.geocaching. com with the goal to find the cache hidden at the location coordinates. While geocaches can be found anywhere, they’re most abundant along hiking/biking trails and in open spaces. Tech-savvy adventure seekers would be hard-pressed to find a better location for geocaching than the Greater Prescott area, which has several of the world’s highest-rated caches.

• Tips for beginners:

The caches can be small or large, easy to open or locked by complicated puzzle games that must be decoded. Most contain a written logbook and at least one trinket that must be left behind unless you replace it. It’s a great family activity that also can be enjoyed with friends or solo. Novice or expert, local resident or the adventure seeker just passing through, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and DeweyHumboldt have many options for that treasure hunter in you!

• Geocaching locations: The official Geocaching by Groundspeak app or others, such as C:Geo or Cachly.


For the river and stream-fishing experience you can try several spots along the Verde River in Prescott National Forest, about 50 miles east of Prescott. So good luck out there and have fun trying your hand at fishing! At the very least, if you don’t catch the big one maybe you will have your own fish tale to share with your friends about the one that got away.



• Prescott Valley: Fain Lake • Prescott National Forest: Goldwater (managed by the City of Prescott), Lynx, Granite Basin and Mingus lakes Details about these lakes and the fish they contain are listed on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website, where you can also learn about the state’s fishing regulations and purchase the required license.

• Arizona Game and Fish: com/fishing/locations/prescottwww.azgfd.

Fishing has so many fans for its combination of stress relief, camaraderie, challenges, self-fulfillment and, if you’re lucky and smart, fresh food. Its meditative nature allows anglers both solitude and connection with nature and with fellow hobbyists. The beauty of Greater Prescott holds multiple options for newcomers to the sport and fishing fanatics alike, with a variety of habitats and sport fish species to choose from. Some of the most frequented locations are:

• Prescott: Watson and Willow lakes

• Town of Prescott Valley: www.

• Prescott National Forest: activity/prescott/recreation/

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Outdoor activities are enjoyable to everyone. Whether a picnic in the park, trail bike ride around town, or even a hike up a mountain, there are so many activity options. The City of Prescott and Town of Prescott Valley not only boast many options for parks, lakes and trails but also have the distinct advantage of gorgeous weather nearly year-round!


Take a hike, ride a horse or bike along one of the many trails available. If fishing or boating is more your thing, visit one of the lakes in the area. Watch a baseball game or play volleyball or simply have a picnic at one of the great parks in the area. No matter what you choose, the City of Prescott and Town of Prescott Valley have exactly the right outdoor option for you. Recreation&

• A.C. Williams Granite Creek Park • Acker Park • Mike Fann Community Skate Park • Flinn Park • Goldwater Lake Park* • Heritage Park • Jim McCasland Willow Creek Park • Kuebler Sports Complex • Pioneer Park • Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail* • Roughrider Park and Bill Valley Field • Vista Park • Watson Lake Park* • Willow Creek Park (Dog Park) • Willow Lake Park* *Parking fees are $3 per vehicle per day. Prepaid parking passes are available. Prescott Chamber of Commerce 117 W. Goodwin St. Prescott, AZ Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. Prescott Parks Watson Lake Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography Prescott Parks are for everyone! Some facilities are by reservation only. Visit for a complete listing of information including lakes, mini parks, open space, trails and more. 200 PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023

Fain Park Photo by Martha CourtValleyPrescottParks•AmericanLegionPark•AntelopePark•BobEdwardsPark•CommunityCenterPark•FainPark•GeorgeAndersonPark•GranvillePark•MountainValleyPark•PronghornPark•QuailwoodPark•SantaFeStationPark•SunflowerPark•TontoPark–North•TontoPark–South•UrbanForest•ViewpointParkPrescottValleyChamberofCommerce 7120 Pav Way No. 102, Prescott Valley, AZ Visit928.772.8857thePrescott Valley Chamber of Commerce for local business information and events. The Chamber is conveniently located off of Highway 69 and open every weekday. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prescott Valley parks do not have entrance or parking fees. Ramadas and ballfields must be reserved to assure availability. Visit for complete information. PRESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHOWCASE 2022-2023 201

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Lynx Lake Photo by Jason Hoover Lynx Lake Nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains about 5 miles east of Prescott is beautiful Lynx Lake. The 55-acre body of water rests inside the Prescott National Forest and has much to offer any visitor. Take in the view with a tasty meal at a café or rent a boat. Hike around the lake on the lakeside trail, or try your hand at fishing. Lynx Lake also offers several camping options just a short distance from the shores of the lake. Fun for all ages just waits for you.


Willow Creek Park Willow Creek Park is a fantastic facility with space for all kinds of activities. The park offers a ramada, where groups can have a picnic lunch, a parking area with access to the Willow Lake Trail, and a sports field anyone can rent. For our furry little friends, Willow Creek Park also has a dog park with separated sections for small and large dogs. Looking for a great place where your pup can get some exercise? Take them to the dog park. Your buddy will love

Willow Lake About 6 miles from downtown Prescott, Willow Lake offers an ideal spot for many types of outdoor activities. Spend the morning hiking or fishing, or perhaps you prefer taking a canoe or kayak out on the water. Maybe you would like to explore the Granite Dells or simply have a picnic along the shore. Whatever activity strikes your fancy, Willow Lake is the perfect place just for area/


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Watson Lake Park Resting on the edges of the famous Dells, Watson Lake and Park are perfect for just about any type of event. For large event seekers, the park has been home for the Prescott Fourth of July celebration, the annual Highland Festival and has hosted several auto shows. Smaller event seekers have also used the location for drum circles, meditation and parties. Looking for time on the lake, check out the rental options offered at the lake marina; perhaps try your hand at paddle boarding. There’s lots to do at Watson Lake and Watson Lake Park. area/

Pioneer Park Do you have a special event or a sporting event that requires the right facility to meet all your needs? Pioneer Park is just the place for you. With multiuse 4-Plex available for baseball, softball, soccer and football, plus a roller-hockey rink and pickleball courts, Pioneer Park has the right type of field for area/

Goldwater Lake Head down Senator Highway about 4 miles to see the beauty of Goldwater Lake. Take the family and enjoy the sand volleyball court, the hiking trails and playground. Goldwater Lake is the perfect place to take a canoe or kayak out onto the water, and boat rental options are available. Three large ramadas are part of the offerings of Goldwater Lake, as well as many other fun activities for all ages. Spend the afternoon fishing or host a special event. Goldwater Lake is a special place to visit and spend a fun area/

Fain Park And Fain Lake Located in the Town of Prescott Valley, Fain Park and Fain Lake offer a perfect mini getaway from day-to-day life. Take a little time to try your hand at fishing or simply enjoy a picnic lunch along the shores of Fain Lake. Several ramadas dot the landscape of Fain Park offering the perfect spot to relax, spend some time outdoors and enjoy the views of Fain Lake.

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by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Services Coordinator, Prescott Parks and Recreation

The City of Prescott Mayor and City Council adopted the following Open Space Policy in 2005: “Prescott’s Open Space Program seeks to promote quality of life for the citizens of Prescott by preserving and protecting the natural environment that has given this City much of its character. Its natural areas include magnificent vistas and panoramas, beautiful terrain, and native flora and fauna. Hills, sloping sites, and dominant rock outcroppings afford spectacular views of this natural environment. Seasonal streams and man-made lakes with their plant and animal life compliment these scenic vistas. Prescott’s unique natural areas must be preserved and protected for the enjoyment of current and future generations through the judicious use of Open Space Funds.

“As Prescott continues to grow, open spaces will be woven into the fabric of the City. They will create harmony

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There is a comprehensive timeline as well as more to the policy adopted by the City regarding how open space funds can be used, policies on land preservation, and criteria guiding the acquisition of open space such as: aesthetics, protection and preservation, potential of use, location, need for immediate action and acquisition considerations.

Photo by Kelly Tolbert between physical development and the natural environment for the benefit of all Prescott citizens. Responsible custodianship of open space throughout Prescott will improve our City’s quality of life. It will foster appreciation of the natural environment by providing increased opportunities for both passive and active recreation. Preservation of open space reinforces pride in our past and contributes to a vision for our future.”


Prior to adopting the official Open Space Policy — the product of an indepth effort among City leaders, staff, open space advocates, The Trust for Public Land and voting residents of Prescott — lack of sufficient funding was recognized. Resident voters were educated and eventually asked to extend an existing 1% sales tax (originally set to expire in 2005 and only used toward street improvements). This extension would prolong the tax through 2015, setting a cap at $40.7 million dedicated to open space acquisitions of state and private lands. As outlined in the City’s policy, regular maintenance and operation of Open Space properties shall be the responsibility of the Recreation Services Department. Funding for this maintenance comes from the department’s general operating budget. Some familiar Open Space (formerly referred to as Natural Parklands) properties maintained by the department include The Community Nature Center, Granite Gardens, Greenways Trail, Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail, the Storm Ranch properties, Stricklin Park, Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, and White Spar Creekside Open Space Preserve, among many other conservation parcels. Prescott is known for many of these majestic natural, cultural, biological, historical and recreational significant destinations that have been made available for enjoyment through open space acquisition efforts. For more information on these and many other topics, visit

The Prescott Valley area is rapidly establishing itself as a hiking and biking destination. Miles of trails from mild to challenging connect the Town in all directions.

Fain Park’s Cavalry, Canyon and Loop Trails: Fain Park first opened to the public on August 16, 1997, on a 100-acre parcel donated by the Fains, one of the area’s original frontier families.


In early 2022, the Town of Prescott Valley, Yavapai County and the City of Prescott entered into an intergovernmental agreement to purchase the remaining space on Glassford Hill with an eye to preserving its open space, connecting existing trails and developing new ones, and otherwise improving recreational opportunities for the region’s residents and visitors.

Wildflowers bloom in the spring and draw Swallowtail, Checkerspot, Juniper Hairstreak, Sphinx Moth and Red Spotted Admiral butterflies. Reptiles include horned lizards, tree lizards, stripped lizards and gopher snakes, along with a rattlesnake or two. Most rattlesnakes would rather not be bothered. If you see one on the trail, act calm, move slowly and stay away. Please stay on the trail as the occasional rattlers are primarily found off the trail.

Some of the most popular include: Glassford Hill Summit Trail: This trail gains in popularity every year, every season. Named after Col. William A. Glassford, Glassford Hill has a rich history as an extinct volcano, home of the early Mountain Patayan people, and the site of military communications via Col. Glassford’s heliograph from the 1880s to 1890. Many people hiked Glassford Hill in its primitive form before the trail was constructed. In 2016, the Town of Prescott Valley broke ground for an improved trail, which opened to the public May 21, 2016.

The current trail features amazing views of Prescott Valley as soon as you leave the trailhead parking lot on Castle Drive. You can see the Civic Center from the water storage reservoir, after which you’ll truly start the climb up this 2-mile trail, rated “difficult,” but worth the effort! All the way to the top, you’ll be tempted to stop, look and take photos as the vistas unfold before your eyes. Picnic tables are placed at several of the switchbacks.

Glassford Hill Summit Trail is a treasure for the community and for those who will visit and enjoy what it has to offer. Welcome!

The Town of Prescott Valley is developing this park in two phases. The western half is open to recreational activities such as picnicking, hiking, fishing and gold and/Bike with Us!


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Nature lovers will especially enjoy this scenic gem, home to mule deer, pronghorn antelope, the occasional mountain lion or bobcat, javelina and coyotes. Birders might spot Anna’s hummingbirds, canyon towhees, redtailed hawks, roadrunners, ravens, bushtits, loggerhead shrikes, thrashers, phoebes, bluebirds and bald eagles.

The eastern half of the park contains the historic site of the mining town of Massicks and the Barlow-Massicks Victorian house built by miner Thomas Barlow-Massicks in the 1800s. Future plans include a museum on this site.

Iron King: The Iron King Trail begins west of Glassford Hill Road, north of Spouse Drive. Individuals may travel westward along this path that cuts through Prescott Valley’s open grasslands toward the magnificent Point of Rocks near Watson Lake in Prescott.

Major paths include the State Route 69 MultiUse Path, which provides access to businesses adjacent to State Route 69 from Great Western Drive to Navajo Drive; the PV Pipeline Path, which connects schools, homes and businesses from Lakeshore Drive to Highway 89A (a proposed Phase 4 will connect this path to the Pronghorn and Viewpoint subdivisions); and the Central Core Multi-Use Path, which offers connectivity from Lake Valley Road to Navajo Drive (Phase 3 will include expansion to Serpentine). Smaller paths offer connectivity within the Pronghorn, Viewpoint, Granville, Stoneridge and Quailwood subdivisions, as well as connecting Lynx Lake Estates to the Central Core Multi-Use Path. Whether you are ready for a leisurely walk or a great bike ride or need alternative transportation routes to work and Town amenities, Prescott Valley has “miles of MUPs” waiting for you!

The trail features three wash crossings that flatbed railcars used in the actual Prescott East Railroad operation. Many animals live within the trail area including javelina, rattlesnakes and even an occasional mountain lion. It’s a great place to see wildlife, but please stay on the path and be aware of your surroundings.

All trails in Fain Park are easy-to-moderate in difficulty. The Lynx Creek Loop Trail is about 1 mile long; the Cavalry and Canyon Trails together are about 1.6 miles. Both are beautiful hikes.

Mountain Valley Park and Urban Lakes: Mountain Valley Park is one of Prescott Valley’s first parks, but it’s loaded with amenities, including a multiuse path that features exercise stations and extends to the Urban Lakes, two small lakes stocked with fish and loaded with wildlife such as turtles, birds, and ducks. No matter the time of year, this is a great place for an easy and scenic walk.

Multi-Use Path Network: Prescott Valley’s paths offer accessible connectivity to education centers, shopping, churches, restaurants and entertainment areas from all directions. They are also great choices for easy walks and bicycle trips.

panning. The lake is stocked with fish by the Arizona Game & Fish Department. An Arizona fishing license is required.

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Many trails got their start as social paths, created from the desire to have a nice pathway connecting two distance points. The issues with social trails is many times they are not legal, are not built in a sustainable manner, do not hold up to tough weather conditions and often go unmaintained. Ideally, trails are constructed to disperse users in the interest of safety. It is also important to consider unique features that users will seek while keeping environmental impacts to a minimum. With City of Prescott trails, guidelines from International Mountain Bicycling Alliance are followed. IMBA has been a steward for mountain bicycling in communities since the late 1980s. They focus on educating communities and trail users on principles of their stewardship and help guide agencies in building sustainable trails.



All City of Prescott trail maps can be viewed by going to, where you can also view a video on how the City’s trails and natural parklands planner determines trail design.


It starts with the land. Ownership is a huge player in the trail evolution process. In many cases locally, the land is owned by the state, Bureau of Land Management, County, City, or privately owned. It can be challenging to work around each agency’s requirements, especially depending on what type of land exchange is taking place. Some examples are easements, outright purchases, or long-term leases.

by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Services Coordinator, Prescott Parks and Recreation Ever wonder how a trail is designed and built? There is much planning and coordinating that goes into the process.

How It Becomes Reality

Depending on the terrain, the City of Prescott has special trail-building equipment to expedite construction of new trails. Once the proposed path is planned, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is utilized to plot the trail. Traditional colorful flagging materials are generally installed to guide the equipment along the way. A trailspecific bulldozer, only about 4 feet wide, saves precious time by dozing the first pass, removing any brush from the area and making way for a small excavator to come through and clean anything left behind. These preparations allow for a hand crew to follow the preliminary work and groom the newly created path while ensuring sight lines are safe for horseback riders, mountain bicyclists and hikers. If the terrain is not conducive to utilizing the trail-specific equipment, then an allmanual hand crew is appropriated and the construction timeline is greatly extended. Funding sources can also dictate how a trail is constructed, with grants and tax revenue often playing a large role. A good example of trails constructed with the equipment/hand crew combination is the recent additions to Pioneer Park Trails. Flat grasslands speckled with shrub oak and juniper made for a perfect project using the Sutter Dozer, which proves to be quite cost-effective and easily transported.

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The Prescott Valley Community Services Department offers a full slate of youth and adult sports leagues and classes, swim options during pool season, and many other ways to get out and move.

The arena is the current home of the Northern Arizona Wranglers indoor football franchise. The NAZ Wranglers earned a spot in the Indoor Football League playoffs this year and clinched sole possession of first place in the IFL’s Western Conference.

If sports are your choice, Prescott Valley offers more than 20 parks, 16 of which have facilities that can be rented by the public for private parties, receptions and other events. Facilities include baseball and soccer fields, the Mountain Valley Splash outdoor pool and splash pad, ramadas, picnic areas, playgrounds (including several adaptive play areas) and multiuse trails with exercise stations.

In the center of Town next to the Entertainment District, the Findlay Toyota Center, a 5,100-seat venue, hosts headlining concerts and events, PBR bull riding, winter ice skating, community banquets and events and more.

Founder Clyde Neville worked tirelessly to help the theater thrive and gain its own home where children, teens and adults can show off their acting skills onstage in full productions, but also participate in classes, improv performances, after-school programs and more.

Wheelhouse plans three possible roller hockey tournaments in 2022, with a projected 500 players per tournament and projects jobs for 20 people.


Prescott Valley Recreation

The Town of Prescott Valley features ever-increasing and varied recreational opportunities for all ages.

For those who enjoy horse racing, Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley off Highway 89A offers a full 2022 season of live racing every Saturday and Monday through Sept. 5 (Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in August), along with simulcasting and wagering on races across the country. Find information at

One of the most successful new sports venues in Prescott Valley is the Wheelhouse Sports Complex, also just off Highway 89A. Prescott Valley purchased the Exhibition Center at the former Yavapai County Fairgrounds complex in 2021 and leased it to Sunwest HC, Inc. to create a youth sports complex.

Prescott Valley is central to not only the sports and recreation offerings of the Quad-Cities area, but residents can travel just a bit farther to enjoy the Grand Canyon, snow skiing in Flagstaff, the red rocks of Sedona, the wine country of the Verde Valley, and the bustling shopping and entertainment in the metro Phoenix area.

The result is the Wheelhouse Sports Complex, which has since installed two portable skating rinks and two volleyball courts inside the building and is hosting youth hockey and volleyball leagues. It also plans a BMX track in an open area south of the building. An outdoor football field is also in the plans.

Next to the Toyota Center is Prescott Valley’s new performing arts and children’s theater, Main Street Theatre, which has been entertaining people in the area for nearly 20 years, but now has a permanent home.

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When you live in Arizona, you don’t need to worry about taking a long and costly vacation. Our state offers a wide variety of unique towns, national parks and stunning natural formations to keep you daytripping for a few years. You can find the perfect day’s fun for your family inside the many museums, shops and restaurants or outside on trails, lakes and Jeep tours. Whether you crave the snow of Northern Arizona or the warmth of the desert, there is a day trip for you. Day fromTripsPrescott Watson Lake

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Sedona Outdoor lovers flock to the Red Rocks of Sedona for mountain biking and hiking. Enjoy the cool waters of Slide Rock State Park or the majestic natural wonders in Red Rock State Park. Many New Age shops will give you the information for visiting Sedona’s famous vortexes, or you can take the official Vortex Tour from the several Jeep tour groups. If unique shopping venues are your thing, visit Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, as well as the Main Street shopping district.

This historic copper mining town caters to the ghost hunter, art lover, wine or beer connoisseur and history lover. After each member of your family finds something entertaining to do in the more than two dozen galleries and eclectic shops, you can meet up on the hill at the Haunted Hamburger for your choice of nine burgers or many options on the “Not The Burgers” menu.

Verde Valley Wine Country Take the winding Page Springs Road between Cornville and Sedona to experience several vineyard tasting rooms or horseback riding under the cool trees. For something completely different, visit the two fish hatcheries for a family educational experience. Red Rock State Park is just a few miles down the road with a museum and several easy-to-walk trails.

Montezuma’s Castle, Camp Verde Spend the day with the family learning about the cliffdwelling Sinagua culture at this national monument. Tours offer insights into the local reptiles and medicinal plants. After your day outside, head into the cool air of the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel to pick from several restaurant choices, including the Mountain Springs Buffet. by Blushing



Thick with the atmosphere of the Old West, Wickenburg is set alongside the Hassayampa River. Its quaint downtown offers shopping and a variety of restaurants including Anita’s Cocina, where you can get authentic Mexican food. You can bring your inner cowboy and let him play on the many guest ranches or soak in some Western culture at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

Crown King Tiny Crown King in the southern Bradshaw Mountains is “Far From Ordinary” and knows it. Part ghost town and part piney oasis from the surrounding desert, this burg has made itself known for events like “the World’s Shortest Memorial Day Parade” and November’s CK Apple Festival. Pine Cruise into Pine and feel your temperature drop under the tall trees. Saunter through the quaint downtown area to visit an art gallery or two and small specialty shops. Don’t forget the Honey Stand or the Trident Winery. Ready for dinner? Swing into THAT Brewery & Pub and kick back on the patio to enjoy some delicious food and one of its inhouse, hand-crafted micro-brewed beer selections.


Williams Yes, you can find your kicks right here on Route 66!

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Williams offers six blocks of historic advertisements, shops, motor lodges and eateries. The “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” gives you a glimpse into what life on the road was like decades ago. Mountain biking, hiking and fishing are waiting for the outdoor enthusiast. Animal lovers will embrace the Bearizona Wildlife Park. Love trains? The Grand Canyon Railway leaves Williams daily.

Kingman/Grand Canyon West

Along the historic Route 66 you can find a city with a storied history. Check out the Powerhouse Visitor Center, the Mohave Museum of History or Locomotive Park before stopping at one of the many restaurant options offered in this wonderfully historic city. The Grand Canyon Hiking trails, gorgeous hotels and cabins, shopping, restaurants and more are awaiting the visitor to the Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. See historical buildings, hear stories of former residents, and learn about the designs of trailblazing architect Mary Colter. Trailheads for Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails start near the village. Tour more of the South Rim on the shuttlebuses to see even more views before heading back to one of the numerous restaurants for a tasty meal with views that can’t be beat.

Monument Valley

This great valley, known to the Navajo as “Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii,” boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs and trees, and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. Documented in numerous Westerns, nothing compares to seeing this land in person.

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction

This is a very active ghost town! Boasting a gunfight show, mine tours, railroad, reptile exhibit, museum, Mystery Shack, stables, shops and more, the entire family will be immersed in the Old West, Arizona flavor. You can even try your luck at gold panning at the Prospector’s Palace. A full-service steak house and saloon will help you refuel, and the town’s bakery will satisfy your sweet tooth.




On Navajo land just east of Page, Antelope Canyon offers two separate and scenic slot canyons known as Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. Both slot canyons offer amazing views of sandstone rock and red sandy floors. Photography buffs would be hard pressed to take a bad picture here. Traveling unguided into the slot canyons is not permitted so be sure to sign up for one of the many tours of Antelope Canyon where a guide will share history, amazing stories and show you the best angles for legendary pictures.

Fifty thousand years ago a meteor hit earth with more energy than 20 million tons of TNT. That meteor happened to land in Northern Arizona. The Meteor Crater Visitor Center is located at the rim with an amazing view of the massive crater. Learn about Meteor Crater, experience the Discovery Center, see artifacts and exhibits on space, catch the Collision! 4D Experience Room, or snag a snack at the Blasted Bistro. Meteor Crater is a fun experience for all ages. Payson “The Heart of Arizona” brings it all together with rodeos, swimming, hiking, fishing and camping. The historic downtown offers dining and shopping. Visit the Zane Grey Museum and see the Rim Country through the famous author’s eyes. Swing by Western Village Art & Antique Corral for some unique finds. Tonto Natural Bridge offers hiking trails, the natural bridge and the park’s cavern. Fossil hunting and Indian ruins will keep the history buff enthralled. The area is also a popular destination for “rock hounds” looking for geodes and “Arizona diamonds” (gemstone-quality quartz crystals). After a full day of Payson touring, the Buffalo Bar and Grill will set your toes to tapping with the band and the petite dance floor will call your name.

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Sunset Crater Black ash and volcanic rock are just two amazing things to see when visiting this otherworldly site. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is home to a dormant volcano whose last eruption was just a thousand years ago. Just a short drive from lively Flagstaff, this destination offers hiking trails, a visitor center and amazing views.

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Ruth Draeger Ruth loves the outdoors. She wants to share her experiences with others and feels the best way is through photography. It’s strictly a hobby for now, perhaps after retirement it will become more.

Col. Robert D. Shanks Jr. Bob served 31 years in the USAF, starting as an enlisted photojournalist. His last assignment was as a professor at the Air War College in Alabama. He has served as a reserve intelligence analyst for federal law enforcement.

We are Blushing Cactus Photography, a husband and wife team based in Prescott, Arizona who document the human connection - everything from musicians to entrepreneurs, events to intimate family portraits, and best of all, couples on their wedding day.

Martha Nall Court Martha moved to Prescott after being drawn to the natural beauty of the area. She’s always enjoyed taking photographs, but her involvement in what was a hobby has soared to new levels here, expanded by the spectacular landscapes.

Blushing Cactus Photography: Tracy & Jeremiah Scheffer


Daryl Weisser Daryl is a photographer based in Prescott Valley, and his wide range of subjects includes blues musicians and horse show exhibitors. He enjoys being around these talented people, and his work is featured in blues and horse-related publications. Some samples of Daryl’s photos are posted at


Sean Underhill Sean is a dad dedicated to sharing his love of the outdoors with his children and capturing the joy of their adventures. He uses his military experience, and desire to explore, to navigate to the lesser known wonders of the Prescott National Forest and beyond.

Laura Zenari Born and raised in Chicago, Laura realized she would not stay, as she loved the outdoors and nature. One night, her aunt in Arizona suggested the Prescott area. She now thinks of it as her little “heaven on earth.”

Not Pictured: Broken Star Photography, Margaret Chmura-Witusik, Kerrick James, Dale Maas, Heather M. Spencer, Atomic Drone, Kathy Murdock, and Fernando Mendigutia


Karen Shaw Karen has lived in the beautiful community of Prescott for five years. Her passion is getting out hiking, cycling, kayaking and capturing images. She sees something different, and in a different way, every time she goes out!

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A Big THANK YOU to Greater Prescott! We hope that you enjoyed reading this book as much as we enjoyed putting it together. -Until next edition ... ROX Media

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