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type of credit and income may be eligible. verse into mortgages do not require ayou mortOnce the reverse mortgage are verse mortgages do not require a mortgage payment, almost anyone with The any locked into it, permanently – (False) gage payment, almost anyone with any type of credit and income may be eligible. reverse mortgage is simply a loan recordtype of credit and income may be eligible. Once into the reverse mortgage you are ed against the property, just like every Once into the reverse mortgage you are locked into it, permanently – (False) The other mortgage. You retain – full ownerlocked into it, permanently (False) The reverse is simply loan recordship, so mortgage at any time you cana sell or reverse mortgage is simply amove, loan recorded against the property, just like every refinance the property simply by paying ed against the property, just like every other mortgage. You retain full owneroff themortgage. mortgage balance. other You retain full ownership, so atout any time you mortgage, can move, sell or If I take reverse I will ship, so at anyatime you can move, sell or refinance the property simply by paying leave nothing for my simply familyby – paying (False) refinance the property off the mortgage balance. Reverse mortgages have insurance auoff the mortgage balance. If I take outbuilt a reverse mortgage, I will tomatically in to the family. If I take out a reverseprotect mortgage, I will nothing for my family –in(False) leave Most homes continue to increase value leave nothing for my family – (False) Reverse mortgages havemore insurance auover time, leaving even equity for Reverse mortgages have insurance automatically built in to protect the family. family. Even if property values decrease tomatically built in to protect the family. Most homes continue to increase in value belowhomes what is owed, the family in can acMost continue to increase value over time, leaving for even more equity for quire the property 5% less than marover time, leaving even more equity for family. Even if property values decrease ket value. family. Even if property values decrease below what isget owed, the family can acYou canwhat onlyis a reverse mortgage a below owed, the family canon acquire the property for 5% less than marone-unit home – (False) Smart Mortgage quire the property for 5% less than market value. also allows reverse mortgages on manufacket value. You only duplexes, get a reverse mortgage on a turedcan homes, triplexes, fourplexYou can only get a reverse mortgage on a one-unit home – (False) Smart Mortgage es, townhomes condos, as long as one one-unit homeand – (False) Smart Mortgage also allows reverse mortgages on manufacunit is considered primaryon residence. also allows reverseyour mortgages manufacturedfamily homes,will duplexes, triplexes, fourplexMy be responsible for the tured homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes andreverse condos, mortgage as long as one debt – (False) The is a es, townhomes and condos, as long as one unit is considered your primary residence. non-recourse loan, so if your value ever unit is considered your primary residence. My family will be responsible for the My family will be responsible for the debt – (False) The reverse mortgage is a MB-0908151 • NMLS: 168822 debt – (False) The reverse mortgage is a non-recourse loan, so if your value ever non-recourse loan, so if your value ever

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falls below what you owe, your family will never have to pay the deficiency. The government or lender will own my falls below whatThe you owe, your family will home – (False) mortgage is falls below what you reverse owe, your family will never have to recorded pay the deficiency. simply a lien against the propnever have to pay the deficiency. The lender will ownThe my erty,government just like anyor mortgage. The government orother lender will own my home – (False)remains The reverse mortgage is homeowner(s) on title and has full home – (False) The reverse mortgage is simply a lien recorded against the propownership. The owner(s)against may also add othsimply a lien recorded the property, justmembers like any or other mortgage. The er family place the home in a erty, just like any other mortgage. The homeowner(s) remains on title and has full trust, so family automatically has ownerhomeowner(s) remains on title and has full ownership. The owner(s) may also add othship in the property and equity, as add well.othownership. The owner(s) may also er family members or place the home in a You can purchase a place homethe using a in reer family members or home a trust, so family automatically has ownerverse mortgage – (True) Smart Mortgage trust, so family automatically has ownership in the property and equity, as well. allows youproperty to purchase a primary home ship in the and equity, as well. You can financed purchaseamount a homehas using a reand the no You can purchase a home using apayreverse mortgage – (True) Smart Mortgage ments for life. verse mortgage – (True) Smart Mortgage allows you to purchase a primary home allows you to purchase a primary home and the financed amount has no payand the financed amount has no payments for life. ments for life.

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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.

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Arizona Hot Tub Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Atkinson Design Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bella Home Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2, 97 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate - DJ Sheridan . . . . . . . . 86 BiGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Capital Canyon Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Capstone Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Cobham Aerospace Communications - Prescott . . . . . . . . . . 23

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The History of Greater Prescott Pleistocene to Prescott...14,000 Years in the Making...................38 Arizona’s West-Central Highlands ...................................................43 Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza ..............................................................52 Territorial Governor’s Mansion.........................................................53 Fort Whipple Museum ......................................................................54 Sharlot Hall Museum ........................................................................56 Phippen Museum ................................................................................64 Museum of Indigenous People .........................................................70 Historical Society Directory..............................................................76

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arved 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.

Humans found their way to this refuge, some down a 900-mile ice-free corridor from the land-bridge across the Bering Sea; ­others­came­by­skin-covered­boats­along­the­Pacific­Ocean­coast­ and by following rivers far inland. 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. Above: “Pleistocene Landscape” painting by and courtesy © Mauricio Anton, Madrid, Spain Left: Artists Roger Kull and Judith Durr-Kull conserve the skeletal remains of a late-Pleistocene mastodon discovered less 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.


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“Clovis Migrators” illustration. Courtesy © Wood, Ronsaville, Harlin, Inc.

Petroglyphs site 101. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


rchaeologists 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.

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 and coveted foods and water — adjusting, evolving and competing for









high country, semi-arid highlands and desert lowlands.

Hilltop sites dot the Highlands landscape


irst 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. For defense? Housing? A lookout post? Ceremonial site? Archaeologists date the construction as far back as 1100ce, and then suddenly stopped about 1350ce. Some scholars consider landscape clues for habitation or defense; others identify too many crossover variables as to defy singular purpose.

If you see a hilltop site, “take” only pictures; minimize your imprint on the land and rock formations. Support the site stewards who preserve these fascinating artifacts of the past.



Prescott Culture murals (here and below) depict both scattered and village-based pithouse living scenarios. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


rchaeological 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. 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. Indigenous pottery took on many shapes, forms and designs. These became essential elements in the sophisticated bartering and mercantile system. The pieces displayed courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


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Spanish conquistadors in search of Cibola and the legendary cities of gold, explore the Southwest. Mural painting, east wall © Coronado Museum. Below: Depiction of Coronado setting out across desert from Zuni Villages in search of Cibola. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


hen 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. 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 Right: Cabasset helmet worn by Spanish soldiers in the 16th century. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.

Colorized illustration of Army wagon train, vintage 1850. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum

to surge. The United States was created, Mexico gained

independence from Spain. The Louisiana Purchase and its exploration inspired a westward migration from the­Atlantic­ to­ the­ Pacific­ oceans.­ Discovery­ of­ mineral­ wealth­in­the­West­brought­a­flood­of­adventure­seekers­ and settlers across the vast Plains, through the Rockies and into this country.


ollowing the 1848 War with Mexico and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the United States was ceded much of the Southwest, including land

that became the territory of New Mexico. A series of expeditions was dispatched by the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers in the 1850s to explore the new land,­find­routes­west­to­the­Pacific,­and­map­the­region.­

Lorenzo Sitgreaves (1851-52), Amiel Whipple (1853-54), Edward F. Beale (1857), Joseph Ives (1858), and others led expeditions. Top: Mouth of the Bill Williams River, 1850 illustration part of an entry panel to an exhibit at Sharlot Hall Museum.

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


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Illustration of Amiel Whipple’s camp, in “Reports of Exploration and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean,” Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, 1856

Arizona’s West-Central Highlands


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

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Above: Map 200, U.S. Geologic Society, 1955. Below: Johnson’s map of the Southwest, 1861, before Organic Act that created Arizona Territory. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum



Left: Civil War illustration courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum Below: Depiction of the Walker party making first contact with local, indigenous people near Thumb Butte. Painting by George Phippen courtesy © Sharlot Hall and Phippen museums.


mid the chaos of the Civil War, the town of Prescott was carved out of the wilderness shortly after the U.S. Congress enacted leg-

islation, 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. The­first­group­to­arrive­and­find­gold­in­the­­central­ 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

Commemorative coin of the 1863 Seal of the Territory of Arizona

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 and that set in motion a chain of events: • Establishment of Fort Whipple on the banks of Granite Creek • Founding of Prescott on May 30, 1864 • Subsequent designation of Prescott as site of the Territorial Legislature and seat of government for the Territory and Yavapai County Capt. Joseph Walker was 63 years old when he led the expedition that found gold near Prescott. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum Miners flocked to the area in search of gold, silver and other mineral riches.


dventurers, 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. 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. To be sure, Prescott in its early territorial years was a frontier town and had its share of disasters, crime, rowdyism and­occasional­gunfights­on­Whiskey Row.­Over­time,­it­ matured and developed into a commercial center for the Central­Highlands. Downtown Prescott (top) with two freight wagons on Gurley Street from 1876. Two-story brick Courthouse (top left) was centerpiece of downtown plaza. Built in 1880, it was replaced by 1919. Whiskey Row became the focal point for the young community of Prescott, featuring the Cob Web, Cabinet and Palace saloons. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum


ort 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





Fort Whipple in 1864, an illustration, was relocated to the banks of Granite Creek a few miles from the diggings of Prescott. Illustration “Boys in Blue.” Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum. Below: General George Crook (standing, last row, fifth from left), with his Indian Scouts and the U.S. military, were engaged against rebellious natives throughout the Territory. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


Territory had a direct impact on the people of the Central Highlands, both settlers and the indigenous population. Many





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. Fort Whipple parade grounds, 1880s, near the end of conflict with native peoples in the Territory of Arizona. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


Left and below: On their release from the San Carlos Reservation, the Yavapai returned to historic lands near Prescott.


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


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 Hohokom to the south.


he inevitable conflict between cultures led to a quarter-century of bloodshed and war. The U.S. military established a series of forts throughout the Territory to protect miners and settlers in a region embroiled with lawlessness and unbridled ambition. Indian Scouts (recruited to follow renegade tracks) would pit native against native during the Indian Wars that ravaged the West, 1864-1889. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum

Viola Jimulla became the chief of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian tribe.

The second Yavapai County Courthouse served from 1878 to 1915, and was built on the Prescott Plaza or public square. Photo (above) from an 1880 celebration and shows Goldwater Store in background. Below: Electricity and trolley in downtown Prescott, c.1904


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

Courthouse Plaza looking toward Granite Mountain with second gazebo (bandstand), about 1905. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.




nyone 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.

Smoke continued to waft from smoldering remains the morning after, but tents on the Plaza already contained material for rebuilding - much of it retrieved from the firestorm. The fire destroyed the Whiskey Row block, parts of Gurley and Goodwin streets, and introduced new legends and folklore associated with its cause, effect and economic impact on the future of Prescott. Below, the downtown in 1900 prior to the Great Fire. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum


he 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, 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 shutdown in the 1980s. Top: The Santa Fe railroad yard in Prescott, c.1890. Center left: Train wrecks became newsworthy. Engine #7 was wrecked by a flash flood as it crossed over an arroyo bridge near Point of Rocks in August, 1901. Left: Rail line through Point of Rocks in the Granite Dells, c.1910. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum



Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza First courthouse was in a two-story wood structure with the courtroom on the ground floor and the sheriff’s office and jail upstairs.


long with the rest of Yavapai County and the entire country, Prescott’s population suf-


The 1878 two-story brick edifice was a landmark and served as both a county courthouse and jail. Over time, it proved to be inadequate for its intended purpose. It was considered drafty and prone to construction-related issues. By 1916, demolition work began for its replacement.

the­1930s,­but­also­benefited­by­the­ post-World War II boom.

The 1980s was a period of significant­growth­and,­by­1990,­the­city’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.


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Utilizing material quarried from the old Simmons Ranch (near today’s Granite Mountain Middle School), this colonade structure continues to this day to serve the county courthouse system. It was completed in 1919 with its granite edifice quarried from nearby stone. The Courthouse remains today as the iconic focal point of the downtown Plaza, including the Borglum statue honoring Roughriders of the SpanishAmerican War, locally referred to as the statue of former mayor and sheriff Buckey O’Neill. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum


Territorial Governor’s Mansion rom 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: • The Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott showcases the past for all future generations in its exhibits, collections and archival records, and stands today as a testament to the namesake’s remarkable foresight and her pioneer determination. • The Museum of Indigenous People (formerly known as the Smoki Museum) is about a mile east of downtown 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.

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. A “mansion” only in a relative size, the duplex structure was built from local ponderosa pine at a cost of $6,000. Following relocation of the territorial capital to Tucson, the mansion fell into private hands (including Judge Henry Fleury, shown seated above in 1880s). In 1917, it was acquired by the state of Arizona for preservation due to 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. 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. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum

• The Phippen Museum about seven miles northeast of Prescott honors the American cowboy and rancher with changing exhibits of Western art. • The Fort Whipple Museum is about two miles east of the Plaza on the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Center campus and showcases the military history of the Arizona Territory and the fort’s transformation into key medical facility serving the nation’s veterans.






stands out among the buildings at the Northern Arizona Veterans Affairs

Medical Center. Its crème with deep-green trim colors are a connection to its past in stark contrast to other buildings that are distinctly bright white. Very little of the original Fort Whipple remains, a site that once spread over 1,700 acres. Built in 1864, it was relocated from an outpost about nine miles north (Fort Cienega near Del Rio Springs). Built near the gold diggings of Prescott to protect miners, settlers and the territorial capital, it quickly became the information center of the area, with telegraph lines providing news and military communications. It served as tactical headquarters for General George Crook and became a key center for military presence during the Indian Wars of the Arizona Territory (1864-1889). A few decades later, Whipple became one of the military’s largest hospitals for the treatment of respiratory ailments and continues today serving veterans as a VA medical facility. General George Crook’s encampment desk on exhibit.

Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum.


Above: Fort Whipple illustration dated 1864. Left: Indian scouts in assembly formation at Fort Whipple,1880s. Top: Fort Whipple in 1890s with railway supply depot next to the tracks. The outpost served as tactical headquarters for the U.S. Cavalry during Arizona’s Indian Wars (1864-1889).

Below: a wheelchair from Whipple’s early sanitarium days. Fort Whipple nurses c.1925, and a veterans’ hospital ward, c.1955.

The museum is a sharp contrast to typical military and hospital white. Right: In the 1920s, the facility became a Veterans Hospital, and remains one of the nation’s larger VA Health Centers.


isplays and exhibits at Fort Whipple Museum provide a military perspective of opening the West, showcasing artifacts of post-Civil War

weaponry, 19th century medical instruments, plus photographs and memoirs written by those stationed here. If you’re a historic house enthusiast, you’ll enjoy touring the vintage 1908 military officer’s quarters for its architectural interest. If you’re piqued by the history of military medicine, exhibits feature medical instruments of the late-1800s and the treatment programs of Word War I veterans who suffered from tuberculosis or respiratory recovery from “Over There” warfare. If your curiosity is Buffalo Soldiers, vintage Army weaponry, military maps and photographs, you’re in for a “Frontier Adventure.” If you want to learn the history of Fort Whipple from its military beginnings to becoming a tuberculosis sanitarium, to it being the modern-day hospital, it’s all here in riveting exhibits with crisp text, historic photographs and compelling artifacts. The Fort Whipple Museum is a joint project of Sharlot Hall Museum and the Bob Stump Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and is housed in Building #11, a vintage 1908 military officer’s quarters. Friendly, knowledgeable docents can provide tours of the exhibits and answer your questions. Admission free, donations accepted. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.



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t the core of today’s modern city remains an institution rooted in preserving Prescott’s cultural heritage for future generations. What began in 1928 as the “Gubernatorial Mansion Museum” has expanded to a four-acre campus based on the vision of Sharlot Mabridth Hall, a woman ahead of her time — a writer, author and poet, a ranch woman, historian, preservationist and a political activist. From that initial building two blocks from the Courthouse Plaza and the lone government house of the territory, the museum that now bears her name has grown to 11 exhibit buildings (seven of them historic). From a single collection, it has grown to more than 40,000 artifacts and hundreds of thousands of photos and documents chronicling the region. For almost 95 years the Sharlot Hall Museum continues to reflect the vision and legacy of its founder by preserving the “living” history of this town, the Central Highlands region and Arizona.

Ms. Sharlot Hall (right, c.1928) arranged with the City of Prescott for the old log building to house her collection of artifacts obtained while she was Territorial Historian, the first woman to hold public office in the Territory of Arizona. Photos © Sharlot Hall Museum


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ver the decades since the museum’s founding, a four-acre

campus provides a venue for a wide range of opportunities to see history come alive while enjoying the park-like setting of

trees, gardens and flora surrounding the historic buildings. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the surroundings while learning the stories and struggles of pioneer settlers, discovering the living history that distinguishes the Central Highlands of Arizona, and experience the cultural heritage of the area. Play­ amid­ the­ cool­ climes­ of­ Prescott.­ Enjoy­ the­ popular­ “Toys!­ It’s­ Not­ All­ Fun­ &­ Games!”­ ­exhibit­ that­ provides­ a­ new­ perspective on those items we held





youth.­ ­Discover­ ­Arizona’s­ Crown Jewel, an historical adventure playground open throughout the year.

Events throughout the year provide rich opportunities for adult and youth engagement and learning activities, including monthly “Living History Adventure” programs. Check the museum’s website for program specifics at: Photos © Sharlot Hall Museum

Above: Sharlot’s desk, typewriter and her books on exhibit; Below, a colorized photo of her 1920s trip to the Grand Canyon’s north rim country. Left: Prescott Indian Art Market is one of several special events held on campus. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum


he museum continues to acquire a wide range of collections and artifacts, from the ancient past to the 20th century. These reflect the historical, social and natural aspects of the

Central Arizona Highlands, and expand on the vision of Sharlot Hall who founded the museum. Among the many treasures are more than 400 Native American

baskets, only a portion of which are on display in the Hartzell Room of the Sharlot Hall Building. The displayed examples are both exquisitely crafted (and historic) as they are utilitarian. Other exhibits explore the region’s natural history and earliest people, as well as feature the adventurers, entrepreneurs, miners, ranchers, and soldiers who poured through the territory ushering in one of the most turbulent and lively periods in Western history. Changing exhibits throughout the campus offer a wide array of artistic and cultural experiences allowing the museum to tell many stories that draw on the rich collections.



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Following in the footsteps of the museum’s founder, Ms. Sharlot Hall (top right, c.1928), the current director, Dr. Lisa Hayes (above), brings programcentric leadership to the museum. Look forward to celebrating the museum’s centennial as Prescott’s centerpiece attraction. Courtesy © Sharlot Hall Museum


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he 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,


eorge Phippen was a founding member and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, “the longest running artist group in the nation.” ...made his home in Skull Valley and was a self-taught sculptor and painter of themes from the American West. ...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.


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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. 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. 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.


he 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.


t 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.



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

Sioux Indian Buffalo Dancer by Solon Borglum


n 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. 66

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Rough Rider Solon Borglum supervised the statue’s installation at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, even choosing the stone for its base.


alleries 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



Blocking the Sun by Ed Mell

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xhibits at the Phippen Museum change six to eight times a year, always featuring museum-quality fine

art and objects of the American West. Blue Spring Canyon by Robert Peters


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Top: Desert Deuces by Clyde Morgan Below: Winds of Change by Heather Johnson Beary

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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.”


e 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

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.


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.

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n 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. In January 2020, the reigning Junior Miss Yavapai Apache Princess, Claudia was the guest speaker at the opening of a special exhibit Daughters of Turtle Island: A Tribute to Native Women. The Daughters 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.

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.



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

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

Engaging the Community During Fragile Times


t the height of the 2020 pandemic, the MIP created innovative ways to share with and to strengthen

bonds with a society hungry for engagement.

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


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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.

These San Carlos Apache boys had new confidence for the 2018 school year.

Diné children received their backpacks and school supplies, 2019.

Commitment to Native People


he museum has a tradition of giving to those in need. This practice expanded last year in response

to the needs of underserved populations.

With 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.

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.



Guest Artist Series


enues 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.

Gordell Wright, Shinnecock, Wampum jewelry

Bob Lucero, Cherokee, metal and woodwork

Dot Ami, Hopi, pottery

Kevin Horace, Hopi, Painting and carving Duane Tawahongva, Hopi, jewelry


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And the Beat Goes On… MIP

Administration is

MIP is a proud sponsor of the Prescott Powwow of the Granite Mountain Gourd Society. Pictured are Pai Bird Singers.

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.

Native friends share stories that have been passed down through generations. Azteca Dancers at the 2018 Dia de los Muertos Celebration.

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

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

Certified museum docents are always eager to assist MIP guests. Pictured are volunteers Rita Shryock and Evelyn Russell.

Coyote Slim, Mi’kmaq, performed at the 2019 Contemporary Native Arts Festival. Authentic Native treasures in our tax-free Trading Post.

For more information about our events, programs, and volunteer opportunities, please visit

Class field trips to MIP promote education and fun.

Sky Duncan, Apache, hoop-danced at the 2019 Mr. and Miss Southwest Two-Spirit Pageant.

Amazing artworks and pottery demonstrations at the Mata Ortiz Show & Sale. P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


Historical Society Directory Chino Valley Historical Society P. O. Box 4154 Chino Valley, AZ 928-636-1622

Phippen Museum of Western Art 4701 Highway 89 North Prescott, AZ 928-778-1385

Prescott Western Heritage Center 156-C S. Montezuma Prescott, AZ 928-910-2307

Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society P.O. Box 85 Humboldt, AZ 972-742-6304

Prescott Valley Historical Society 7501 E. Civic Center, 1st Floor Prescott Valley, AZ 928-759-5524

Sharlot Hall Museum 415 W. Gurley St. Prescott, AZ 928-445-3122

Museum of Indigenous People 147 N. Arizona Ave. Prescott, AZ 928-445-1230

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Western Heritage Center Photos by Dennis Gallagher


AZ Cowboy Poets Gathering and Phippen Museum Exhibits.

he Western Heritage Center is Prescott’s one-of-a-kind showcase for Yavapai County’s many museums, other organizations and private collections. These exhibits, which preserve and promote the area’s unique history, heritage and culture, create a diverse educational experience not found anywhere else in the area. The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation believes it is the group’s responsibility to provide an opportunity for more people to become aware of Yavapai County’s rich history through more than 25 exhibits and displays. There is no admission fee at the Center, so it makes that history even more accessible to area residents and visitors from throughout the U.S. and the world. The Center is located on historic Whiskey Row at 156-C S. Montezuma St. within a structure built in 1901 — soon after the great fire of

1900, which destroyed much of City. The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation sustains the Center and other programs through grants, fundraisers, mercantile sales, memberships and other donations. A guide to local museums and historyrelated events including the Western Heritage Keeper scholarship program, outreach to elementary schools, and our Western Heritage Banquet, which honors those who contribute to the preservation of the area’s history and heritage, can be found at Western Heritage Center 156-C S. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86303 928-910-2307 Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a charitable “501(c)(3) all volunteer non-profit corporation.




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Arts & Culture

AZ Philharmonic with Quartz Ensemble, performing “love : sorrow : joy” at Yavapai College Center for the Arts May 2 ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Rachael Plays Guitar Birthday Show at The Attic ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

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Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show – Prescott ~ Photo by Bob Shanks

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Abba Fab ~ Photo courtesy of Yavapai Center for the Performing Arts

Stephy Leigh Grifin Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Rachael Plays Guitar Birthday Show at The Attic ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Prescott Chorale

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LIVE MUSIC “love : sorrow : joy” - Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

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Prescott Chorale

AZ Philharmonic with Quartz Ensemble, performing “love : sorrow : joy” at Yavapai College Center for the Arts - ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography Nick Canuel ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

“love : sorrow : joy” - ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Rachael Plays Guitar Birthday Show at The Attic ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography 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.

Music Groups

Annual Events

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.

Central Arizona Concert Band

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

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

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Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Summer Concert Series 928-443-5220

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.

Prescott Bluegrass Festival 928-445-2000

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 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.

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.




Emil & the Detectives ~ Photo courtesy of Yavapai College

Yavapai College Center for the Performing Arts

Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky ~ Photo courtesy of Yavapai College Performing Arts Center

Yavapai College Phantom of the Opera ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Prescott Center for the Arts

Yavapai College Phantom of the Opera ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography



Movie Poster Exhibition ~ Yavapai College Art Gallery

Summer Breeze by Lorenzo Cassa – 1st Place Oil & 2020 Best of Show – courtesy of Phippen Museum

PCA Art Walk Reception Musicians - Gallery at Prescott Center for the Arts

Phippen Museum Art Show & Sale ~ Photo by Bob Shanks

Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery

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In the bar at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel for an evening of live music ~ Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

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Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center: Where past meets present!

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


rom 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! The Elks Theatre offers wonderful entertainment from movie nights to local and national musicians to comedy acts and so much more. 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. 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. The third floor of the Performing Arts Center is home to our Crystal Hall and Sundance Room — venues that are ideal for seminars, fashion shows and all kinds of intimate performances as well as 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 12 to 200 guests! 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. 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. 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 On behalf of the entire team here at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, we thank you for your continued support. 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 P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


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Parks & Recreation O utdoor 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.

Prescott Parks 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. • • • • • • • •

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.

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Prescott Chamber of Commerce 117 W. Goodwin St. Prescott, AZ 86303 928-445-2000 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prescott Valley Parks: Prescott Valley parks do not have entrance or parking fees. Ramadas and ballfields must be reserved to assure availability. Visit for complete information. • • • • • • • •

American Legion Park Antelope Park Bob Edwards Park Community Center Park Fain Park George Anderson Park Granville Park Mountain Valley Park

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Pronghorn Park Quailwood Park Santa Fe Station Park Sunflower Park Tonto Park – North Tonto Park – South Urban Forest Viewpoint Park

Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce 7120 Pav Way #102, Prescott Valley, AZ 928-772-8857 Visit the Prescott 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.

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Prescott Valley Dog Park at Mountain Valley Park


he Prescott Valley Dog Park at Mountain Valley Park saw major improvements to the off-leash area in 2019 thanks to local Realtors and Scouts. The renovations include two new dog agility courses, picnic tables and benches, resurfacing of the park area, and more shade trees. These improvements were made possible by a $4,500 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors®, facilitated by the Prescott Area Association of Realtors® (PAAR). PAAR partnered with local Eagle Scouts, FRIENDS of Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation, and business leaders on this project.


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Civic Center Park

Sculpture installation at Civic Center Park

Playground at Mountain Valley Park

T Xeriscaping at the Library

he Prescott Valley Civic Center campus is one of the community’s most enjoyed “parks.” Its extensive lawns were planned with a purpose — to provide residents with an expansive green space for picnics, dog walking, jogging, pickup football and soccer games, outdoor concerts and more — while encouraging homeowners to use drought-friendly xeriscaping at home. The Prescott Valley Public Library features a beautiful xeriscape with informational signage explaining the concept. The Civic Center grounds are also home to a large collection of sculptures. P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


Goldwater Lake ~ Photo by Martha Nall Court


Putting Open Space at the Heart of the City 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. 108

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

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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 between physical development and the natural environment for

Photo by Kelly Tolbert 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.” 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.

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 P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


Easter Island Trails - Photo by Martha Court

From a Thought to a Trail:

How It Becomes Reality by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Services Coordinator, Prescott Parks and Recreation


ver wonder how a trail is designed and built? There is much planning and coordinating that goes into the process. 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. 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. 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 trail-specific 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 all-manual 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. All City of Prescott trail maps can be viewed by going to www., where you can also view a video on how the City’s trails and natural parklands planner determines trail design.



Glassford Hill Summit Trail: Prescott Valley’s Premier Hiking Destination by Ryan Judy, Deputy Town Manager, Prescott Valley


rescott Valley’s Glassford Hill Summit Trail gains in popularity every year and during every season, whether it’s a summer’s moonlit evening, a snowy winter hike, a spring trek or an early morning fall climb to view the valley’s expanse shrouded in fog. Named after Col. William A. Glassford, and once known as “Bald Mountain,” this extinct volcano rises to 6,177 feet on the west side of Prescott Valley and is an unmistakable landmark. The origins of Glassford Hill date back some 12 million years, when it was a violent volcano that covered the area with basalt and ash. Also visible are lava flows that were once rivers of fire. The center of Glassford Hill is a cinder cone intruded


by three dikes of basalt that join at the center. Basalt is volcanic rock composed of iron and magnesium. The archeological evidence of ancient Indian villages around Glassford Hill dates back to 1400. This historic area of Prescott Valley was inhabited by Mountain Patayan people some 14,000 years ago, evidenced by many ruins. Over the years, this mountain in the middle of the valley has had several names. The first known name was “Malpais (Mell-pie-eez) Mountain” (which translated means “The Badlands”), and it was so marked on early maps. When the Anglos came to the area, they noticed it was the one mountain here that was devoid of trees. As a

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result, it was referred to as “Mount Baldy,” “Bald Hill” or most often “Bald Mountain.” These names remained popular into the early 20th century. However, “Mount Glassford” was originally listed on topographical maps as early as 1880. But by the 1930s, “Glassford Hill” was widely accepted. Glassford Hill played a significant role in military communications and intelligence of the Southwest from the 1880s to 1890. Considered a valuable asset for the protection of Fort Whipple and the citizens of Prescott, Col. Glassford’s heliograph station, situated on the top of the hill, was part of a sophisticated communication system that covered the majority

“Grazing,” one of three sculptures by Gene Galazan, stands at the base of the Glassford Hill Summit Trail. Galazan’s work can be found in galleries and museums across the country, including several pieces at the Phippen Museum in Prescott. All three sculptures were part of a generous donation from the artist and his wife in 2019.

of Arizona and New Mexico. The heliograph, which uses the sun and mirrors to reflect Morse code messages, was the perfect device to send information over long distances. The communication line started from Fort Union, New Mexico and worked its way west to its final destination on Glassford Hill. By 1890 the Glassford Hill heliograph had set a world record for the longest reception of a message. The 150-word message traveled a round-trip distance of 800 miles in less than four hours with only one word missing. You can view a replica of the heliograph at the top of the trail. Many people hiked Glassford Hill in its primitive form before the trail was constructed. The Town of Prescott Valley had an eye on creating a more passable trail for at least 15 years, and in 2016 the dream came to fruition with a groundbreaking for the improved trail. Funding for the project came from a development agreement between the Town and Northcentral University when it moved to the community in 2004.

Town Manager Larry Tarkowski and Town parks and street staff spent hours upon hours constructing and stabilizing the trail. The Prescott Valley Historical Society, The Highlands Center for Natural History, brothers Kason and Davis Bergman of Boy Scouts of America, Troop No. 7093, Northcentral University, Yavapai College and the Over the Hill Gang significantly contributed to trail construction, signage and historical knowledge. The trail was dedicated and opened to the public May 21, 2016. The new Glassford Summit Trail features amazing views of Prescott Valley from nearly as soon as you leave the trailhead parking lot on Castle Drive. You can see the Town 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, just right for taking a break and enjoying the scenery.

Nature lovers will especially enjoy this trail. Glassford Hill is a 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, red-tailed hawks, roadrunners, ravens, bushtits, loggerhead shrikes, thrashers, phoebes, bluebirds and bald eagles, to name a few. 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. Glassford Hill Summit Trail is a treasure for the community and for those who will visit our community and enjoy what it has to offer. Welcome!



Photo Heidi Dahms Foster

Mountain Valley Park Continues to Evolve by Heidi Dahms Foster, Community Relations Coordinator, Town of Prescott Valley


ountain Valley Park has long been the jewel of Prescott Valley’s nearly 30 parks. It has four ballfields, an artificial turf soccer field, large amphitheater and grass soccer field, ramadas, concessions, restrooms, multiuse pathways, the Mountain Valley Splash public pool, an adaptive playground, a skate park, a dog park, and the two Yavapai Lakes that serve as a storm drainage system and offer fishing. Early on, the fate of the land — originally state land — was a top priority for the Town. The park received its name in 1984, and in 1989 the Town Council authorized an application to purchase the park’s 80 acres. When Prescott Valley hired its first Parks and Recreation director in 1989, the park became the focus of recreation goals. In November 1991, the Town acquired 26 acres of the most-improved land, which included the ballfield complex, through a $100,000 grant from the Arizona State Park’s Heritage Fund. 114

It later purchased the entire parcel. The Town celebrated the final purchase in 1993 with a lease-burning ceremony. At that time, the park had already been improved with four ballfields and six available soccer fields, as well as a 1-mile walking trail. The earliest use of the park included public horse corrals, where local horse owners could stable their mounts free of charge and later for a nominal fee. In 1993, the Town Council made the decision to phase out the corrals as the Town and the park use grew, and the area is now part of the Mountain Valley Splash pool. In 1982, the Council approved the proposed 2-plus acre site for what became the CASA Senior Center on the corner of Robert Road and Nace Lane. The site is now the newly expanded Boys and Girls Club of Central Yavapai, while the senior center, also recently updated, is on Manzanita Circle. In 1987, the Council approved an application requesting the state to

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Playground at Mountain Valley Park assign 11.1 acres of the park to the school district, and Mountain View Elementary School was built. The Town put in two small basins to recharge reclaimed water to the aquifer. Walking paths were installed and trees planted, with the area named the Urban Forest. Over time, the Urban lakes became a backdrop for the multiuse walking paths. Within the past two years, the lakes have been stocked for fishing. Many kinds of

Sledding at Mountain Valley Park

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ducks and birds migrate to the area. One of the biggest park additions came in 1995 with the official opening of the Mountain Valley Splash Aquatic Center. The 365-person capacity pool had such a great reception there were waiting lines to get in by the end of the first summer. The pool, which includes a water slide, splash pad, picnic area and concessions, now offers summer swimming lessons, water aerobics, lap swims and recreation swims. Each January, the pool is the venue for the popular Polar Bear Splash, where those brave enough can swim and dive for prizes in the frigid waters. The public can rent the facility on summer nights, and it remains the venue for the Bradshaw Mountain High School swim team. In 2019, the Prescott Valley Dog Park at Mountain Valley Park received extensive renovations. The park includes two dog agility courses, picnic tables and benches, resurfacing, and shade trees, thanks to a Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors®, facilitated by the Prescott Area Association of Realtors®. In spring 1996, the Town opened its large amphitheater, a multipurpose facility, with two softball-baseball fields and a soccer-football field. A year after the opening, the amphitheater was the place for 1,000 fans to enjoy

the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Since, the area has been used for fireworks, snow sledding, sports tournaments, and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Battle of the Bands. In 1996, the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association honored the amphitheater as the state’s best recreational facility, and in 2017, the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament took place at the amphitheater. The Town has continued to improve the park with more shade trees, well-groomed sports fields, lighting, and most recently an adaptive playground for all ages and abilities. All of Prescott Valley’s parks have benefited from the Town’s selfless volunteers. They have donated and planted hundreds of trees, conducted cleanups and landscaping, helped build the dog park and playgrounds, built and maintained trails, and more. Volunteers have formed teams and coached thousands of youths through the years in soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. The sky’s the limit at Mountain Valley Park from picnics to fireworks to concerts and sports. Most of the facilities may be rented for special events. Whether you’re up for a solitary walk on great pathways or a large gathering with friends, this park is an ever-evolving place for fun in Prescott Valley.



Goldwater Lake ~ Photo by Martha Nall Court

Greater Prescott Lakes 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. prescott/recarea/?recid=75178

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 it. jimmccasland-willow-creek-park

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 you. recreation-area/willow-lakepark 117

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 you. www.prescott-az. gov/recreation-area/pioneer-park 118

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

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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. www.prescott-az. gov/recreation-area/watsonlake-park

Watson Lake Panoramic ~ Photo by Daryl Weisser

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.

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 day. www.prescott-az. gov/recreation-area/goldwater-lake



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t’s easy to see that Greater Prescott was made for hiking. Just look around — the Bradshaw Mountains and the Sierra Prieta mountain range, the Granite Dells, Thumb Butte, Granite Mountain, Glassford Hill and Mingus Mountain beckon as they always do, and the temperatures are perfect for a good workout that won’t overwork your body. There are trails to be explored everywhere, in the forests, the grasslands, and of course, in the Granite Dells, which is a geography unto itself. The City of Prescott alone has about 100 miles of trails within its borders, and the Prescott Circle Trail threads segments of City and U.S. Forest Service trails into a 56-mile loop along the scenic fringes of the community. 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. The selection of trails, paths, singletracks, two-tracks, ruts, routes and other byways is first-rate; here’s a handful of the most beloved: Thumb Butte Trail No. 33 This 2-miler circles up and down the face of the area’s most prominent mountain, it’s one of the most popular hikes in the forest. It’s a relatively steep higher-elevation climb, giving everyone a decent workout as they ascend from ponderosas to alligator junipers and prickly pears that bloom in spring. Lynx Recreational Trail No. 311 Beautiful Lynx Lake is ringed by a 2.4mile, half-paved trail rated as “easy.” The trail along the western shore is paved and wheelchair-accessible, while the eastern shore gets a narrow dirt path with some rocky spots, but most hikers will find it easy to manage.

The Peavine Trail This 6-mile stretch of former railroad bed (one-way) offers a primarily flat, broad path that takes you past Watson Lake into the heart of the Dells and north into a wide-open plateau. You’ll find the trailhead of the Iron King Trail at about the halfway point; this is another “railsto-trails” project running 4 miles to the east along the north face of Glassford Hill to the Prescott Valley road named in its honor. • City of Prescott: • Prescott National Forest: recreation/hiking • Town of Prescott Valley: P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021




ishing has so many fans for its unique combination of stress relief, camaraderie, challenges, self-fulfillment and, if you’re both 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 amateurs 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 • Prescott Valley: Fain Lake • Prescott National Forest: Goldwater (managed by the City of Prescott), Lynx, Granite Basin and Mingus lakes

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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. For the river and stream-fishing experience you can also fish at several spots along the Verde River in Prescott National Forest, about 50 miles east of Prescott. So good luck out there, 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.

• Arizona Game and Fish: • Town of Prescott Valley: • Prescott National Forest: recreation/fishing



hen 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 many other things to do on the 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: • Prescott National Forest: recreation/wateractivities




hether 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. Almost all of Prescott’s extensive trail system is open to cycling, with the Greenways Trail System, Embry Riddle-Jan 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 transportation. Prescott Alternative Transportation is a nonprofit formed to advocate for cyclists and pedestrians who rely on these forms of transportation. Cycling of any type 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

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scheduled ride every day of the week. It focuses on road cycling but also includes gravel and combination rides. • Bike Prescott: • Prescott Alternative Transportation: • City of Prescott: • Town of Prescott Valley:

Mountain Biking


reater Prescott’s rocky, variable terrain is tailormade 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. 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. Most City of Prescott and Prescott National Forest hiking trails are also 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. The Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance is the largest club serving this community; members advocate for responsible riding and trail access while offering group rides for all types of riders. 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: recreation/bicycling • City of Prescott: • Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance:

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Horseback Riding


mages 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. 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.

Granite Mountain ~ Photo by Col. Robert D. Shanks Jr.

• Prescott National Forest recreation/horseriding-camping • City of Prescott: • Prescott Valley:



here’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! Kayaks and canoes have been battling for dominance of U.S. lakes

for decades, while stand-up paddle boarding is one of the nation’s fastestgrowing 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!

• City of Prescott: • Prescott National Forest: recreation/wateractivities • Prescott Outdoors rentals: • Born to be Wild Adventures:

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he diverse geography in and around Greater Prescott makes it an ideal playground for offroading. 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 4×4 or ATV to reach ghost towns, campgrounds and other treasures just out of reach. For others it’s all about the journey and how many obstacles they can overcome; the bigger and more jagged the better. Off-roading also is ideal for reaching awesome hiking and biking trails

you’d never have the time to reach by foot. 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. 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: recreation/ohv • Arizona Game and Fist:



ake 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 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. The caches can be small or large, easy to open or locked by complicated puzzle games that must be decoded first. 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 can also be enjoyed with friends or solo. Novice or expert, local resident or the

adventure seeker just passing through, the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt have so many options for that treasure hunter in you! • Tips for beginners: • Geocaching locations: The official Geocaching by Groundspeak app or others, such as C:Geo or Cachly.


Photos by Daryl Weisser

Blushing Cactus Photography

Blushing Cactus Photography

Photo by Martha Court

Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

We Love Our Animals by Blake Herzog


hen we talk about our pets we’re usually referring to our “fur kids,” the dogs, cats and other small animals we can easily share our homes with — of course we shouldn’t forget about the “feather kids,” “shell kids” and so on. But in Greater Prescott, our rural and ranching background has led to an even broader menagerie in our backyards, given our love of the horses and donkeys who tie us back to the Old West and bring fresh energy to our lives and hearts. With their calm demeanor and ability to mirror human thoughts and behaviors, equines have become their own category of therapy for troubled people, and nearly anyone who’s been around one for a few minutes can understand why. But they’re far from the only nondog or non-cat creatures who have captured our hearts and homes.

We keep chickens for a reliable source of eggs, or just to keep us company. Ducks, geese, goats, pigs and other lovable beasts provide endless entertainment as they interact with us or each other. Alpacas, llamas and other larger animals can look us in the eye and dazzle us with their personalities and intelligence. So yes, we love our animals here — even those who aren’t ours. The Central Highlands’ wildlife is a huge draw for locals and visitors alike, who marvel at the strength, personality and beauty to be found in our birds, hawks, deer, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, javelina and the occasional bear, to name a few. Needless to say, these are best viewed from a safe distance, captured with a zoom lens and posted onto social media. Domestic or wild, Greater Prescott’s animals give us a window into the natural world — and ourselves. P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


Prescott Valley Dog Park. Photo courtesy of Town of Prescott Valley.

Dog Parks Let your dog go (just a little) wild! WILLOW CREEK DOG PARK 3181 Willow Creek Road, Prescott It’s a little surprising that a city with the level of dog adoration you find in Prescott has only one off-leash dog park, but it’s a doozy. The Willow Creek Beneful Dream Dog Park at is a $500,000 firehousethemed canine wonderland complete with engine, hydrants, hose-shaped misters and tunnels, tires and other agility equipment and separate areas for small and large

dogs. There’s also a lot of human seating underneath a fire station-styled canopy. The renovated park, won in a Purina Beneful-sponsored contest by resident Linda Nichols, draws an average of 550,000 people and dogs every year. It is free and open to the public, but users can support the park as a volunteer or by participating in its sponsorship program.

PRESCOTT VALLEY DOG PARK 8600 E. Nace Lane, Prescott Valley Prescott Valley’s dog park is no small shakes either. It’s a two-acre slice of Mountain Valley Park with small and large dog areas, agility equipment, water fountains, picnic tables and

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.

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST Dogs are allowed off-leash 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 134

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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. For more details on Forest Service regulations concerning pets, call (928) 443-8000 or email

Willow Creek Dog Park ~ Photo courtesy of City of Prescott

There is no greater gift than the love of a pet.

Sage at Sunset at Watson Lake ~ Photo by Martha Court

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Outdoor Lovers’ Paradise You’ll have to be in good shape to conquer the hundreds of miles of designated trails in the immediate Prescott area. As of last count, more than 150 distinctive named hiking, biking (and sometimes horse) trails wind through the natural scenic beauty of the community and the Prescott National Forest.


he 57-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. Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is the remaining 126-acre portion of what was once a 1,000-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 prescottaudubon. org can provide full details about where to go and when.

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

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Unforgettable Tours Just For You If having someone else do the driving, while you do the enjoying appeals to you, go to to find a local tour. Tours vary from purely sightseeing adventures to physically demanding activities, such as rock climbing and mountain biking. All have expert guides to ensure you’ll have a memorable experience.

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




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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 57 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.

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. 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. A complete list with locations is available on the city website








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Prescott Offers Old West Charm, Outdoor Adventures and Vibrant Arts, Culture and Entertainment


nparalleled 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. Or it might be one of the two Christmas parades.

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One is during early evening, featuring lighted floats; the other is midday, and has dozens of entries, which all celebrate the city that is officially designated “Arizona’s Christmas City.” 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

Over 30,000 guests registered this past year at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center by the Yavapai Symphony association. They delight in outdoor summer concerts by the Central Arizona Concert Band on the iconic 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.

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. Visitors Make a Positive Impact 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). Those numbers are up the past year by 13.8 percent, and represent more than 630,200 receipts. In sum, Prescott is not just a “pass-through” 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.”



Prescott Venues Those seeking sites for meetings, conferences, conventions or other gatherings have a full range of venues to select from in Prescott. More than 40 are identified in the listings below— and there are many more to discover.


rescott is an ideal location for conferences, CEO retreats and gatherings. The mild year-round temperatures create opportunities for off-site activities for your group, and the scenic beauty provides a gorgeous backdrop to make your event truly memorable.

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


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• Capital Canyon Club

• The Highlands Center for Natural History

• 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

• Prescott Parks and Lakes – Goldwater, Watson, Willow

• Finn at Touchmark

For additional Information and help planning your next event in prescott, contact:

• 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

• Granite Creek Park • County Courthouse Plaza

Ann Steward, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, City of Prescott 201 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 928-777-1259

• 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



Top Attractions


irst-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. 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 550 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)


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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. Udvar-Hazy Library on the campus of EmbryRiddle 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.


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. 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.


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.


• Prescott Center for the Arts

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. The following list cites just a few. • Arizona Softball Hall of Fame Museum • Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center • Fort Whipple Museum • Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning Tribute Center • Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary • The Highlands Center for Natural History • Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at ERAU Natural History

• Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra • Prescott Western Heritage Center • Sharlot Hall Museum • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and Art Museum

YAVAPAI SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION COUNTY COURTHOUSE A FOCAL POINT Year-round, the more than a century-old iconic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza has been a gathering spot for individuals, groups, organizations and visitors. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting. Linked to the designation given to Prescott by the late Governor Rose Mofford — “Arizona’s Official Christmas City”— the event is preceded by a colorful Christmas parade the first week of December. The rest of the year is equally as busy, providing educational, cultural and entertainment experiences to match almost any desire. Among them:

• Mountain Arts Guild and Gallery

• Arts and crafts shows

• Museum of Indigenous People

• Car shows and exhibits

• Phippen Museum of Western Art

• Musical concerts

• Prescott Chamber Orchestra

• Patriotic events

• Prescott Film Festival

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Paddling through a grove of trees on Willow Lake ~ Photo by Laura Zenari

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as one big adventure.



Etched into a spectacular natural environment, life in and around Capital Canyon Club provides an idyllic setting. With tall Ponderosa pines swaying in the whispering winds, the landscape evokes a soothing sensation that resonates with everyone. The crisp mountain air engulfs the senses enabling one to rejuvenate heart, mind and spirit. This is what makes Capital Canyon Club the perfect respite from the pressures of daily life.


ituated into the site occupied in 1919 by Hassayampa Country Club, both the land and traditions of the game have

been honored by Capital Canyon Club’s course designer, Tom Weiskopf. Weaving through dramatic granite boulder outcroppings, the impeccably manicured, 18-hole, 6,660-yard Par 71 course is embraced between a margin of towering Ponderosa pines. A testament to Weiskopf’s skill and artistry, multiple tee positions cling to hillsides, while generous fairways ribbon through the forested landscape toward greens that present their own distinct personality.

The layout is almost three courses in one. The first six holes wrap around the higher elevation of the Hassayampa Community with the highest point at 5,800 feet. As you descend into the valley, holes seven through fourteen (where the original nine hole course laid) are considered

the flat lands where errant shots are a bit more forgiving. The last four holes feature a number of canyons and multiple creeks, while back to back par 3’s on holes 16 and 17 showcase the true beauty of the course.


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Watson Lake ~ Photo by Martha Court

“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” - Brian Tacy

Town of Prescott Valley

Photo by Chris Kissling Photography


rescott Valley is the largest, fastest growing 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, the community is about 85 miles north of Phoenix. The area enjoys four mild

seasons with temperatures generally about 20 degrees cooler than the Valley of the Sun. Growth of the region was first driven by the discovery of gold in nearby Lynx Creek in the 1860s, and shortly thereafter, 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. With the connection of Interstate 17 to Prescott via State Route 69, the Fain’s saw an opportunity to create the Town that grew in size and popularity, incorporating in 1978. In just 43 years, Prescott Valley has established itself as an economic driver for the region and a wonderful place to live, work and play.

The Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona annually honors the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The 3,000 flags fly during the Town’s Patriot Week, one for every person who died in the attacks, including children and first responders. An additional 19 blue flags fly in remembrance of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives on June 30, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire. 161

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There is never a shortage of fun, family-friendly events in Prescott Valley! Please check out the list of some of our most popular annual events.

Contact Info

Town Community Services: 928-759-3090 Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce: 928-772-8857


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Polar Bear Splash


Prescott Valley Days Festival and Parade*

Movies Under the Stars

Daddy/Daughter Dinner Dance Rhythm and Brews


Summer and Fall Concert Series


Run for the Hill of It

Haunting on the Green

Turkey Toss Corn Toss Tourney

Festival of Lights and Night Light Parade* Valley of Lights* Civic Center Lighting New Years Eve Celebration *These events are sponsored by the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.



he Findlay Toyota Center (FTC), is located in Prescott Valley, AZ and is the premier entertainment venue in Northern and Central Arizona. This 6,200 seat multi-purpose facility hosts many different types of events and is home to the Northern Arizona Wranglers Indoor Football League team. With 165,000 square feet of extended floor space, the Findlay Toyota Center is ideal to host concerts, family shows, conferences, banquets, many types of sporting events, ice shows, and cultural programs.

The arena features a single concourse with concessions and the Bucky’s Casino Suite Level with 22 exclusive suites. This includes two large party suites, and the Findlay Toyota Pit Stop Lounge which can also be used for meetings and social gatherings. The Findlay Toyota Center is owned by the Town of Prescott Valley and managed by Spectra Venue Management. The arena has hosted headlining acts ho such as Lee Brice, Chicago, Heart, Dierks Bentley, Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert, Jeff Dunham, Godsmack, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, WWE, the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo, Blue Man Group, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and the Harlem Globetrotters. Future events include Toby Keith, REO Speedwagon, Mannheim Steamroller, and many more… The expertise and dedication of the FTC staff ensure that audiences will be dazzled and entertained with shows they will never forget.

For information on upcoming events, please visit

Town of Prescott Valley


s 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. The Town offers 28 parks for resident and visitor enjoyment, many including playground areas, athletic fields, walking paths and trails; and at our flagship Mountain Valley Park, a skate park and enclosed off-leash dog park. With nationally recognized public and private schools 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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Boating on Willow Lake Photo by Heidi Dahms Foster

Badges and Bobbers


Bike Rodeo

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ith median home values above $350,000, Prescott Valley is the most affordable community in Yavapai County that also offers drive times of 15 minutes or less to most amenities. A wide range of housing options are available, including golf course estates and homes closer to the median price contained in master-planned subdivisions, single-family lots and existing homes outside of HOAs in the traditional Town core, and apartment and condo products for rent or sale. Future residents who desire a larger plot of land can find large acreage properties and homes north of Town in unincorporated areas of the county.

Contact Info Town of Prescott Valley 928-759-3000 7501 E. Skoog Blvd. Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

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Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce 928-772-8857 7120 Pav Way, Ste. 102 Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation 928-775-0032 7120 Pav Way, Ste. 106 Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

A partial view of Prescott Valley taken atop the award-winning Glassford Hill Summit Trail Photo by Chris Kissling

Granville Subdivision

Art at the Center Sculpture

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Photo by Col. Robert D. Shanks Jr.

Chino Valley: Safe, Secure and Friendly by Chuck Wynn, Chief of Police, Chino Valley Police Department “No matter your station in life, everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their home and community. Chino Valley offers that and more. What our Police Department lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in the exceptional quality of our officers and staff. One of the keys of to the great service we provide to the community, is the high caliber training our officers receive. As one component of this training, Chino Valley boast one of the top law enforcement firearms training facilities in the state. Our 360-degree tactical range is used by a number of local state and federal agencies for their firearm training needs. We complement our large range with a separate pistol range, training building with shooting simulator and soon to be open tactical village. When not being used by law enforcement we allow a limited number of private organizations to use the facility including firearm manufactures, distributors and to film television episodes. Adjoining the police facility is an amazing public shooting facility, which not only offers a safe place to practice firearm skills, but offers a variety of training classes. Welcome to Chino Valley, a Town where the people are friendly and families can feel safe & secure in their homes, schools and businesses.”

Chief Chuck Wynn holding a rendering of the proposed new Chino Valley PD building 172

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he 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 microbrewery with games and outdoor seating, hidden swimming holes, a Buddhist Temple and amazing and unique eating adventures for your notso-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.



Arizona Downs ~ Photo by Daryl Weisser

If your dreams don’t scare you then they aren’t big enough.

Photo courtesy of Prescott Frontier Days Archives

Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

Prescott’s ‘Cowboy Contests’ More Than 130 Years Ago Developed Into Today’s Modern Rodeo by Jim Anderson & Danny Freeman


uly 4, 1888, became the birthday 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 rodeo’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. From then on, rodeo has grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with more than 700


professional rodeos in 50 states. The act of rodeo is as old as cattle raising itself. Stemming out of the Spanish traditions of the vaquero, it has become a worldwide phenomenon. But only in America has rodeo reached its zenith. 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 is a reflection of the skills used in real life. The knowledge, tenacious spirit and athletic ability are inherent in the ranching world and are exemplified in the competitive arena of the rodeo.

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The earliest editions of Prescott’s rodeo were mostly appealing to the 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 nonexistent in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Prescott’s rodeo “arena” was merely a tract of land in what was called Forbing Park, off of what today is Iron Springs Road; very much unimproved and roped off to keep the broncs from running away after they unseated their riders. Exact numbers of total contestants were often confused, but total purses of less than $1,000 were common.

Photo courtesy of Prescott Frontier Days Archives

Prescott Frontier Days


A Look Back in Time


he name, Prescott Frontier Days®, originated with a committee of the Yavapai County Fair Association, came into being in 1913, the year the July 4th celebration began at its present location — then called the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, today called the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Participation by the likes of Tom Mix and attendance by celebrities such as Will Rogers increased the awareness and popularity of the event.

“Rodeo” is a Spanish word meaning “to roundup,” and the word “rodeo” for cowboy contests wasn’t used anywhere until 1916. It was first used in Prescott in 1924. Whereas the Yavapai County Fair ceased operation from 1933 until 1947, the rodeo continued uninterrupted and has never missed a year since 1888. In the mid ‘30s, the grandstand, the two rock buildings (today called the Pardee and the Freeman buildings), and the stone “fish pond” were built at the existing site with the

Photo courtesy of Prescott Frontier Days Archives



Photo courtesy of Prescott Frontier Days Archives a hand to help produce Prescott’s rodeo. In those days, problems of a financial nature were pressing on the producers of the rodeo so much 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, and 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. During the late ‘40s and ‘50s, Prescott saw the rodeo tradition continue with the help of diehard 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 a period of years. Purses grew to compete with Photo courtesy of Prescott Frontier Days Archives rodeos in the West that

help of federally funded Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 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. A weeklong celebration marking 50 years of Prescott rodeo was held in 1937. Several 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 lend


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sprung up to compete with Prescott’s crowds. Purses grew to astronomical sums for those days, often exceeding $20,000. 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. The 1960s saw the transition of rodeo production change hands until 1968 when the Prescott Jaycees took control. The Jaycees made many changes, perhaps the most important being to hire a stock contractor named Harry Vold in 1972. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company continues to furnish some of the best stock available today to the World’s Oldest Rodeo® in Prescott, attracting top cowboys to compete on top stock. That same year, the Hollywood movie, “Junior Bonner” with Steve McQueen was filmed around the actual rodeo and parade and thrust the Prescott Rodeo into the national and worldwide 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, the present organization, the nonprofit Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc., was organized and conducted its first

Photo by Miller Photo 4th of July celebration in 1979. The Prescott Jaycees folded in 1979 due to internal problems, but Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. kept the rodeo going. In 1984, a number of the Rodeo Committee members signed notes on their own houses to guarantee the perpetuation of the World’s Oldest Rodeo®. 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 Office in 1985, based upon five separate criteria to which it qualified. The 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 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 as one of only 30 rodeo committees in the U.S. ever to have this honor bestowed upon them. Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc., is an organization of people of all ages from the Prescott area. They give their time and talents as volunteers to put on a number of 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 typically stage a golf tournament, Arizona’s second largest parade — the Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. Rodeo Parade — a Happy Hearts event for exceptional children, an Old-Timers gathering, a rodeo dance, and of course, the eight performances of the World’s Oldest Rodeo®. The organization has a ninemember board of directors, including

the president, and some 40-plus chairmen of as many committees. Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. serves people and is a major economic engine for the surrounding communities. Annually, Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. draws more than 35,000 rodeo spectators and an additional 30,000-plus in the other 11 months of the year that hold events at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

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Watson Lake ~ Photo by Martha Court

Honoring the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Park Offers Hiking, Remembrance

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.

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. 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.


he 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 round-

trip mountain trail to honor, remember and thank the Hotshots for their ultimate sacrifice. 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 visit P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning how to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene

Photo by Col. Robert D. Shanks Jr.

Highlands Center for Natural History Photos by Nancy Lyon Maurer


he Highlands Center for Natural History helps children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land. How about a walk in the woods? The Highland Center’s beautiful, tranquil campus is a 15-minute drive from downtown Prescott or Prescott Valley, off Highway 69 on Walker Road. Here you will discover ponderosa pinecovered mountains, deeply shaded riparian habitats, chaparral and woodland, remarkable geologic formations, and amazing vistas, in addition to all manner of forest inhabitants. Our 3-mile nature trail system is a gateway to Lynx Creek and other Prescott



National Forest trails and is open to the public yearround. There is no fee to walk the trails, and parking is free. With education programming, hiking trails, nature festivals and a botanical garden, the Highlands Center, a Prescott Nature Center, has activities for all ages. Listen to birds and sounds of the forest, relax in the shade on a comfortable bench or stroll along the creek through Learning Circles illustrating the natural history of the Central Highlands. Experience the wonders of nature in the Highlands Center’s Discovery Gardens. Interpretive signage at each of the Learning Circles allows visitors to have a full, self-guided experience. Stroll through the forest on an accessible paver pathway to discover a variety of Learning Circles. Listen to birds and sounds of the forest in the Secret Nook or relax in the shade on a comfortable bench. These interpretive areas serve as an introduction to the plant and animal communities represented in the region as well as techniques for sustainable living, such as rainwater harvesting and landscaping with native plants. 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. Nature Camps for pre-school through middle school students include multiple sessions in the fall, spring and summer. A high school internship program was added in 2016. Or join us for a special event celebrating nature and the arts. Special events and programs include family nature festivals throughout the year, the Grow Native! Plant Sale, adult travel trips, Shakespeare in the Pines, Prescott Plein Air Festival, Winter Luminaria, the Community Nature Study Series and adult Insights to the Outdoors programs. Over the years the Highlands Center has continued to expand and grow while adhering to its core mission of being an outdoor classroom where students of all ages can learn about and explore the natural world. Highlands Center for Natural History 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott, AZ 86303 928-776-9550



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ARIZONA ADVENTURES Day Trips from Prescott


hen 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 day-tripping 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.


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.


Sedona, Arizona

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. P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


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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. 194

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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.


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

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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.


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 in-house, hand-crafted micro-brewed beer selections. P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


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.

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.

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

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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 fullservice steak house and saloon will help you refuel, and the town’s bakery will satisfy your sweet tooth. P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


Antelope Canyon

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.

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.

Meteor Crater

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.


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“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.

Havasu Falls located near the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Indian Reservation is one of the country's best kept secrets.

Arizona Day Trip Distance from Prescott Antelope Canyon 228 miles Slot Canyon Tours

Camp Verde Cottonwood 43 miles Verde Canyon Railroad, Wineries

Carefree/ Cave Creek 90 miles

Trail Rides, Antiques, Massacre Cave

Crown King 57 miles Ghost Town

Flagstaff 96 miles

Snow Bowl, Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction 137 miles

Ghost Town, Old West Gunfight Show, Mine Tours, Museum

Grand Canyon 123 miles Hiking, White Water Rafting

Jerome 35 miles

Art Galleries, Gold King Mine and Ghost Town

Kingman/Grand Canyon West 149 miles Grand Canyon West, Skywalk, Zipline

Lake Havasu City 191 miles Casinos, London Bridge, Boating

Meteor Crater 137 miles

Discovery Center, Space Artifacts, Blasted Bistro

Montezuma’s Castle, Camp Verde 45 miles

Tours, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Nearby

Monument Valley 266 miles Sandstone Towers

Navajo Nation 228 miles

Payson 98 miles

Tonto National Forest, Mogollon Rim, Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin

Pine 83 miles

Shopping, Trident Winery, Micro-Brew

Scottsdale 109 miles

Shopping, Dining, OdySea Aquarium

Sedona 67 miles

Galleries, Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek Canyon

Sunset Crater 115 miles

Visitor Center, Hiking

Verde Valley Wine Country 59 miles Wine Tasting, Horseback Riding

Wickenburg 59 miles

Western Museums, Vulture Mine and Ghost Town

Williams 69 miles

Grand Canyon Railroad, Grand Canyon Deer Farm, Bearizona

Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly


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Difficult roads often lead to the most beautiful destinations.

Eat Your Yard by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s garden gal


he 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 softballsized purple flowers shown off against dramatic downy blue foliage. 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:

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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 style!” Both bring great flavors to the kitchen. Although they look good in container gardens, try planting them directly into a driveway border. Tomatoes in the front yard? Yes! I like to use small-fruited tomatoes,

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Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography 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. 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 Watters Garden Center 1815 Iron Springs Road Prescott, AZ 86305 928-445-4159



“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” - Vincent Van Gogh

Photo by Daryl Weisser

Restaurants Farm Provisions Restaurant, Prescott

Essence Kitchen + Bar, Chino Valley

Raven Cafe, Prescott

COLT Grill, BBQ & Spirits, Prescott Valley


reater 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. 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

Tara Thai Restaurant, Prescott

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. Prescott is everybody’s hometown — sit down at one of our eateries and you’ll feel right at home too! P R ESCOTT LIVING ANNUAL SHO W CA SE 2021


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Prescott American


1721 AZ-69 928-777-0330

American food with unique flare, bar, chefs table


623 Miller Valley Road 928-227-2543

American cuisine and Farmto-Fork Family Suppers

Gurley Street Grill 230 W. Gurley St. 928-445-3388

Light fare, cold beer, burgers and wraps

Prescott Junction

1121 E. Sheldon St. 928-778-4029

Comfort food and all-youcan-eat breakfast bar

The Country Seat

Dining Directory

The Office Cantina

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

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


1365 Iron Springs Road, Ste 1 928-778-3039 Local favorite, breakfast, brunch, family style

120 W. Gurley St. 928-515-3359

American bistro dinner celebrating the seasonality of Prescott


Wildflower Bread

3201 State Hwy 69 928-717-1700

Soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta


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

The Windsock Lounge 1365 W. Iron Springs Road 928-776-7309

Bar, live entertainment, shuffleboard and pool tables

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

Cajun, barbecue, family recipes, Homestyle take-out

Lyzzards Specialty Elixirs and Draft Beers!

1590 Swenson St. 928-515-1044

Beer, wine and food, barbecue, live music, karaoke

Drink specials, off-track betting, live music

Pudge & Asti’s Sports Bar & Grill 721 6th St. 928-778-2893

Full bar, 24 beers on tap, limited lunch & dinner.

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Sports Bar & Grill

Uncle Bud’s Place

112 S. Montezuma St. 928-776-2974


1011 Commerce Drive, Suite A 928-778-2211

120 N. Cortez St. 928-778-2244

Matt’s Saloon

Gurley Street Grill

The Final Score Sports Bar & Grill

1781 E. Hwy 69 928-227-0092


Prescott Brewing Company

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


Dinner Bell Cafe 321 W. Gurley St. 928-445-9888

Delicious food and nice atmosphere

Lone Spur Cafe

106 W. Gurley St. 928-445-8202

Cowboy food, cowboy service and cowboy charm

Park Plaza Liquor and Deli 402 W. Goodwin St. 928-541-9894

Wood-fired pizza & wings, liquor/beer/wine/cigars

Zeke’s Eatin’ Place 1781 E. Route 69 Ste 35 928-776-4602

Western country-style food with huge portions


Beijing Garden

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


Thumb Butte Distillery 400 N. Washington Ave. 928-443-8498 Distillery for whiskey, gin and vodka

Fine Dining

Murphy’s Restaurant 201 N. Cortez St. 928-445-4044 Prime rib, seafood, burgers, sandwiches

The Finn

3150 Touchmark Blvd. 928-708-3131

1042 Willow Creek Road, #105 928-778-5276

Fine dining, fresh, local food, signature cocktails

Canton Dragon

122 E. Gurley St. 928-778-9434

Traditional Mandarin Chinese food

377 N. Montezuma St. 928-771-8118 Cantonese style food, generous portions

Chi’s Cuisine

114 N. Cortez St. 928-778-5390

Common, authentic Thai and Chinese food, crab puffs


Cuppers Coffee House 224 S. Montezuma St. 928-445-1636

Relaxed, homey coffeehouse serving espresso, breakfast & sandwiches.

Founding Fathers Merchant Coffee 218 N. Granite St 928-582 9139

Prescott’s specialty coffee shop

The Peacock Dining Room

American cuisine, lounge, full bar, entertainment

Fusion, American, Vegetarian Friendly


232 S. Montezuma St. 928-445-1929

The best local ingredients at the peak of their season


Barley Hound

234 S. Cortez St. 928-237-4506

Gastropub, beer, craft cocktails, fun atmosphere

The Palace Green Café

LaBruzza’s Italian Ristorante

Raven Cafe

1480 Iron Springs Road 928-778-1757

142 N. Cortez St. 928-717-0009

Burgers, small bites, sandwiches

Health Food, Vegetarian, Vegan

Farm Provisions

148 N. Montezuma St. 928-776-3001

True farm to table experience, seasonal menus

The Local

Italian comfort food served in homey setting


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

520 W. Sheldon St. 928-237-4724

Unique and creative food, made from scratch


Taj Mahal Restaurant & Bar 124 N. Montezuma St. 928-445-5752

Indian cuisine, bar, live entertainment.



Arturos Mexican Restaurant

503 Miller Valley Road 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


120 N. Montezuma St. 928-277-4948

1459 W. Gurley St. 928-771-9505

Homemade Mexican-style food from Jalisco, Mexico

Authentic Mediterreanean Italian dishes, bar



La Planchada

The P.U.B Prescott

Modern taqueria and tequilla bar

Featuring everything from local and regional beer, wine, cider and mead to classic pub favorites.

217 W. Gurley St. 928-756-2709

Lindo Mexico

1260 Gail Gardner Way, Suite 101 928-227-0924 Mexican food, full bar

Maya’s Resturant

512 S. Montezuma St. 928-776-8346

Authentic Mexican food, BYOB

Spicy Streats

1201 Iron Springs Road, Ste. 13 928-277-8210 Authentic Mexican street food

Taco Don’s

624 Miller Valley Road 928-778-6246 Mexican food, drive thru, inside seating.


Bill’s Pizza

107 S. Cortez St. 928-443-0800

Pizza, salads, local micro brews and wines

Rosa’s Pizzeria

330 W. Gurley St. 928-445-7400

Authentic Sicilian and Southern Italian recipes

Two Mama’s Pizza

221 N. Cortez St. 928-443-9455

Specialty pizza, sandwiches, salads, desserts


Prescott Public House

218 W. Gurley St. 928-277-8062

239 N Marina St. 928-264-1546


El Gato Azul

316 W. Goodwin St. 928-445-1070 Over 50 tapas, pasta, seafood, live music


Dry Gulch

1630 Adams Ave. 928-778-9693

Western style steak house, bar

Texas Roadhouse

3310 Gateway Blvd. 928-778-7427

Hand-cut steaks, ribs, madefrom-scratch sides


Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 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


Founding Fathers City Tavern Taproom 218 N. Granite St. 928-582-9139

Arizona’s largest self-serve beer taproom & bar.

Local craft beer, small bites and barbecue.

Founding Fathers City Tavern Taproom 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


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

Prescott Valley American

BackBurner Family Restaurant

8400 E. Long Mesa Drive 928-772-9298

Omelettes, biscuits/gravy, burgers, sandwich

Gabby’s Grill

2982 N. Park Ave., Suite B 928-775-6656

Murphy’s Restaurant 212

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Upscale bar & grill, sandwiches, steaks, chicken

Gabby’s Kitchen PV 8164 E. Spouse Drive 928-277-1787

Family style restaurant, breakfast and brunch

Jamie’s Waffle Express 3050 N. Windsong Drive 928-772-3131

Mexican and American classics


COLT Grill, BBQ & Spirits 2970 Park Ave. 928-277-1424

Made-from-scratch menu of fantastic smoked meats


Lonesome Valley Brewing

3040 N. Windsong Drive, Suite 101 928-515-3541 Homemade pub food, craft brewery


Flour Stone Cafe

2992 Park Ave., Suite C 928-277-8197 Homemade pastries, breakfast & lunch

Jen’s 7th Ave Cafe 6800 E. State Route 69 928-759-2233 Serving breakfast and lunch every day

Sally B’s Cafe

7680 E. State Route 69 928-772-2053 Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner


Encanto Italian Grill

8400 E Long Mesa Drive 928-775-5500 Serving fresh, hand-made pizza, wings, pasta and more.

Gabriella’s Ristorante 8930 E. Valley Road 928-227-0358

Select your own pasta & sauce, specialties


Plaza Bonita

8280 Spouse Drive 928-775-7014

Traditional Sonoran style Mexican food, full bar

Tasting Room

Rafter Eleven

2985 Centre Court., Suite B 928-227-2050

Wine, coffee, olive oils and spices


Thai Cafe

3050 N. Windsong Drive 928-237-5293

Thai food with lots of choices

Toi’s Thai Kitchen 7545 E. Addis Ave 928-237-9099

Fresh ingredients, Thai fare

Chino Valley American

Essence Kitchen + Bar 1021 N. AZ-89, Suite 104 928-925-3888

Seasonal menu offering classic favorites and innovative dishes

Gabby’s Kitchen

2235 S. State Route 89, Suite B2 928-636-6003 Family style restaurant, breakfast and brunch

Lucky Dog’s

743 E. Road 2 N. 928-710-3810

Hot dog restaurant


Big Daddy E’s BBQ 380 Butterfield Road 928-515-2344

“Best BBQ in AZ” Smoke house barbecue, open for lunch and dinner.


Barnstar Brewery 4050 N. Tonto Road 928-442-2337

Tastings, open Saturday and Sunday 12-5

Insurgent Brewing Co.

990 AZ-89 Suite D 928-636-9077 Rebellious & revolutionary serving big beers.


Bonn-Fire CHillin & Grillin Restaurant 1667 S. State Route 89 928-636-7410

Homestyle recipes, made from scratch, open for lunch and dinner, Happy Hour 3-6 p.m.

Lucy’s Bar & Grill

3020 AZ-89 928-636-7314 1/2 lb. burgers, thick fries, big salads


Heidi Lane Cafe

838 S. State Route 89 928-515-3279

Homemade bread, breakfast & lunch using local ingredients

Jed’s Sandwich Shop & Catering

150 South Highway 89 Sandwich Shop

Skillets Cafe

990 Arizona-89 928-237-5235

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Arturos Mexican Restaurant

Blue Hills Cafe

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El Charro Norte

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Randall’s Restaurant

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Guido’s Pizza

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Aroma Pizza

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Two Mamas’ Pizzeria Gives Customers About a Million Options by Keith Mantegna, Co-owner, Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria


ne 2013 summer evening, while relaxing with my wife Erica in our home northwest of Chicago, we got the first of many phone calls from Erica’s sister in Prescott. She wanted us to buy Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria. Our first response was “No way.” Next thing I know, it’s January 2015 and we’re driving a car full of our belongings 1,800 miles to Prescott and Two Mamas’. We never looked back. We’re proud to serve the best pizzas we can. We feature over 25 specialty pizzas, but you can always build your own with more than 60 options for toppings and 18 different types and sizes of crust. We make our own dough fresh daily (sometimes twice, if needed), along with our homemade sauces and dressings. But we realize the traditional pizza won’t always work, whether for dietary, health or personal preference reasons. We have always offered a variety of gluten-free crust options. We are not a gluten-free kitchen, but everyone, from our servers and cooks and to delivery drivers, are trained to prevent crosscontamination. And that’s true of any allergies that our customers notify us of. We offer two vegan pizzas. They start with an ancient grains glutenfree crust (made with smart flour), topped with pizza sauce and vegan cheese, then a choice of either Beyond Burger crumbles or vegan veggie patty crumble. The vegan cheese and the crumbles are available as an add on for any of our pizzas. A newer addition is an all-sausage patty for the crust of an 8-inch pizza.


We top that with pizza sauce and cheese. It is great for a keto or paleo diet, and if your paleo is dairy restrictive, we can hold the cheese as well!

Keto Pizza But we also have something new for traditional pizza lovers. We have a 20-inch pizza — it's two times the pizza as a 14-inch, but for only one and a half times the price. You get a lot of pizza for the money with this one. Our newest specialty pizza is the Mediterranean. Choose from any of our crust offerings: it comes topped with our pizza sauce, feta and mozzarella cheeses, artichoke heart quarters, Kalamata olives and whole pepperoncinis. After numerous requests, we’re now serving specialty calzones.

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Choose one of our specialty pizzas and we'll put the toppings into either our traditional or jumbo calzone, along with the ricotta cheese. We also have seven salads in three sizes with your choice of eight dressings. Our 8 sub sandwiches are all toasted on French bread and come with chips and a pickle spear. Chicken wings come in boneless, traditional bone-in. You can have them tossed in your choice of seven sauces and served with homemade ranch or chunky bleu cheese. And, of course, we have build-your-own pasta (including our new glutenfree pastas). as well as chicken parmesan, baked ziti and other dishes. For dessert we have cannoli with homemade filling and three hot fruit turnovers: cherry, apple and blueberry. Our pizza crust is folded and filled with fruit, baked and topped with warm icing. We have added Bud Light hard seltzers to our beverage selection which includes draft and bottled beer, wine by the glass or bottle and a full line of spirits for cocktails. Everyone here at Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria thanks you for your business. We really appreciate you and hope to see you soon. Two Mamas’ is located one and a half blocks north of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza and offers dine-in, takeout and delivery. Call or visit us online to find out more about us. Two Mamas’ Pizzeria 221 N. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 928-443-9455


Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria

221 N Cortez St (928) 443-9455

a z z i P A Q&


reater Prescott is a pizza town. But then, pretty much every town is a pizza town. The near-universal appeal of this particular kind of pie has even been scientifically proven, as much as such a subjective matter as taste can be. The American Chemical Society said a few years ago the properties of each of the staple ingredients and a chemical reaction in the oven ends up creating a food with near-universal appeal. This gives every pizza maker a strong foundation for hitting a home run every time. At the same time, every one of them has their own secrets, their own addons which makes their product unique as well as delicious. Here, local restaurants will share a little about how their pizza stands out from the crowd.

Reprinted from Prescott LIVING Magazine Spring 2020

Park Plaza Liquor and Deli Q: In your opinion, what’s the “secret sauce” for a good pizza? Is it in the dough, the cheese, the sauce itself... or maybe something else entirely? A: The main secret is in the dough. We use a sourdough starter and allow the dough to rise for two days, giving it a robust sourdough flavor. All of our pizzas are hand-tossed and stretched. Our quality ingredients and hand-cut toppings provide incredible flavors.

Park Plaza & Liquor Deli 402 W. Goodwin St. Prescott 928-541-9894


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Q: Where did you learn how to make pizza? A: All of our pizza cooks were taught by Trevor Phillips, owner of Park Plaza, who created the pizza specialties himself. Collectively our pizza line has over 15 years of experience, and Trevor has worked for over 13 years meticulously experimenting and fine-tuning recipes based on customer feedback.

Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria Q: What type of pizza do you offer? (For example, New York or Chicago style, wood-fired, etc.) A: Thin hand tossed and pan. Our pan is Detroit style that is square. We also offer gluten free crust. And we offer pizzas for vegan and Keto diets. Q: What’s the most popular pizza you serve at your establishment? Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzeria 221 N. Cortez St. Prescott 928-443-9455

A: Our most popular specialty pizza is BBQ Chicken. But we offer build your own(BYO) as an option. You can customize any of our crust with your choice of any of our 60+ toppings to make it the perfect pizza for you. The BYO pizza as a group is our #1 seller over all. Q: Where did you learn how to make pizza? A: Right here at Two Mamas Gourmet Pizzeria in Prescott.

Limoncello Pizzeria Napoletana Q: In your opinion, what’s the “secret sauce” for a good pizza? Is it in the dough, the cheese, the sauce itself...or maybe something else entirely? A: The secret sauce is to keep it saucy… Just crushed San Marzano tomatoes and sea salt. The secret to make perfect pizza is use only fresh ingredients and experience for over 35 years. Q: How do you cook your pizza?

Limoncello Pizzeria 218 W. Goodwin St. Prescott 480-399-9978

A: We cook our pizza for 90 seconds as Neapolitan tradition. Q: Where did you learn how to make pizza? A: In Naples, Italy.

Bill’s Pizza Q: What’s the most popular pizza you serve at your establishment? A: The Elton John - award winning at an International Pizza Competition! Q: How do you cook your pizza? A: With love, in a brick oven. Bill’s Pizza 107 S. Cortez St. Prescott 928-443-0800

Q: Where did you learn how to make pizza? A: From Bill, the legend behind the Dinner Bell Cafe, Bill’s Pizza and Bill’s Grill!



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e u c e b r Ba A & Q We asked three local barbecue joints three questions, so we could get their answers and some mouthwatering pics for your pleasure! Reprinted from Prescott LIVING Magazine Late Summer 2020

Montana BBQ Lynn Jeffrey Co-Owner (with Mike Jeffrey) Q: What is the secret to your sauce? A: I can tell you the secret to the barbecue sauce is making a sauce that goes perfect with your barbecue and for us it was our sweet, tangy and with a Southwest kick of spicy from the chipotle peppers! Q: What kind of grill or smoker do you use? A: We like to use indirect heat from our smoker wood box with a rotisserie so meats cook and get smoke flavor at a lower temp from a slow-smoked method. The Southwest has great flavors from the pecan, red or white oak and peach wood or even a mix, but we like different wood flavors for the different cuts and types of meats. For example, Santa Maria-style beef tri-tip is best smoked with red or white oak, and the Kansas City-style pulled pork is delicious 220

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smoked with peach or pecan wood. The ribs and chicken taste great on any cheap Oklahoma Joe with the right marinades, spices and smoke flavor! Q: What’s your most popular menu item? A: The kitchen hates it when we get so many barbecue sampler plates, and I say “sampler plate order up!” I just tell the kitchen, “guess what the order is?” You have your choice of smoked meats for your sandwich or gluten-free without the bun, grilled onions, sweet or spicy barbecue sauce on the side and our famous St. Louisstyle pork ribs, smoked with fresh herbs chicken and smoked hot link. The most popular side is Lynn’s mac and cheese or Mike’s spicy cowboy beans, depending on who you talk to? Haha! Montana BBQ 2161 Hillsdale Road Prescott 928-379-9374

Colt Grill Brenda Marie Owner/Founder Q: What’s the secret to your sauce? A: The secret to our seven sauces are: it’s a secret! They’re all made from scratch with different flavor profiles from sweet to tangy to spicy. Q: What kind of grill or smoker do you use? A: We smoke all of our barbecue on our 12-foot steel smoker that my son Carson designed and fabricated. Colt Grill 2970 N. Park Ave. Prescott Valley 928-277-1424

Q: What’s your most popular menu item? A: Our smoked beef brisket and fresh ground hamburgers are equally popular.

Lucy Dee’s Lisa Lucidi Co-Owner (with Zip Lucidi) Q: What’s the secret to your sauce? A: They’re from family recipes, with fresh ingredients. I have been in the barbecue business for 46 years. Q: What kind of grill or smoker do you use? Lucy Dee’s BBQ 669 East Sheldon St. Prescott 928-237-5765

A: Southern Pride smoker, it’s the best in the world. Q: What’s your most popular item? A: Our beef brisket, we have the best beef brisket in town.

Uncle Bud’s Place Chris Buell Chef/Owner Q: What is the secret to your sauce? A: The secret to my sauce is the proper balance of flavors. A little sweet, but not too sweet - A bit of smoke, but not too smoky - A touch of heat but not too spicy. The perfect complement to our perfectly smoked meats. Q: What kind of grill or smoker do you use? A: Because I am not allowed to smoke outside at my location I am currently smoking in an Alto Sham using apple wood. Q: What’s your most popular menu item? A: Our most popular item is the Cajun Smoked Chuck Roast. My dad, “Uncle Bud” always claimed that chuck was the most flavorful cut of beef, so instead of brisket or tri-tip, I rub the chuck with my Cajun spice and slow smoke it to the peak of flavor and tenderness.

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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.

Rod Hendrick

Rod is retired after 40 years working as a drywall finisher and has been an artist his whole life. He and his wife Lisa live in the Prescott area, and he enjoys hiking, kayaking and always has his camera ready.

Christopher Marchetti

An expert in lensmanship, Christopher is noted for his commercial and corporate photography. Based in Prescott’s Old Masonic Temple for over 25 years, he travels extensively. His work can be seen in publications including Southwest Arts Magazine and Arizona Highways.


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CONTRIBUTORS 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.

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!

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.

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

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.”



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