Spring is beginning to make an appearance here in Arizona and we are all beginning to turn our attention once again to the vast array of outdoor activities available in the Prescott community. One of the greatest gifts our hometown has given us during the uncertainty of the last year has been the beauty of the great outdoors. Our mild climate, beautiful mountain vistas, five lakes, multiple golf courses, sports fields, and the Granite Dells are an allure to visitors and citizens alike. With so many natural assets, it’s no wonder Prescott has earned rankings such as: “Top 10 Cities for Well-Being”; “Top Happiest and Healthiest Communities”; and “Best Destination in Arizona for Nature Lovers”. In 2020, Prescott again topped the charts, this time with trail usage topping 1.1 million users.
Our over 450 miles of hiking trails, is the supreme center piece to Prescott’s outdoor amenities. Many of the trails in the city’s system are accessible by bike or horse, and with the wide array of difficulty levels there are options for every skill and age level. The City alone has over 100 miles of trails, adding more every year. Some of the most well-known trails like Watson Lake trails, Peavine Trail, Willow Lake trails and Prescott Circle Trail regularly attract families seeking a day in the fresh air, and individuals seeking lesser known, trails and challenges can access the city’s complete trail system via the Avenza Map App. Links to the app and additional information on the local trail system can be found on the Recreation & Trails Page of the city website.
Continuing to improving and expanding this trail system has been a cornerstone of the city’s Recreation Services Department endeavors for many years. Recently, the City partnered with Prescott Mountain Biking Association to upgrade the pump track mountain bike loop at Granite Creek Park. A pump track is a closed-loop practice track consisting of berms, jumps, rollers connected by bank turns. The rider “pumps” their way through in a continuous loop for as long as they wish, without having to pedal.
Open space is of great importance to our community and continuing to offer the important outdoor amenities we all hold dear is at the forefront of purchases and annexations in the Prescott area. As negotiations continue with AED, one of the main goals is connections associated with the Prescott Circle Trail and eventual connection to all areas of the quad-cities.
As we continue to make our way to the other side of COVID-19, we are even more grateful for how blessed we are with so many natural assets. Taking the time to enjoy warm weather, time with family and breathe in the fresh air can do wonders in benefits to everyone’s mental health. And I encourage all citizens and visitors to get out and enjoy the beauty Prescott has to offer, take to the trails!
Mayor Greg Mengarelli