Things to Do in Prescott, AZ

Are you trying to find things to do in Prescott? You'll find that Prescott is full of surprises when it comes to things to do and ways to entertain oneself. Being a mix of college students, retirees, outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of the Old West make for quite an interesting atmosphere. Having said that, here are some of the most popular things to do when you're in Prescott.

  1. Experience the Old West

  2. Go on a guided horseback ride through the hills on trails that legendary cowboys like Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp and Virgil Earp did back in their day. Pan for gold, or go to a cowboy cookout at Blazin' M Ranch. If you are lucky enough to be here during Frontier Days, get tickets to the World's Oldest Rodeo and experience Western culture in its modern-day prime.

  3. Hit the Trails

  4. Prescott National Forest offers over 850 miles of maintained trails and eight Wilderness Areas totaling more than 104,000 acres located entirely or partially within the Prescott National Forest. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing have a very integral park of Prescott's culture. There is a lifetime of trails to explore in this area, especially if you participate in multiple types of outdoor activities.

  5. Prescott Lakes

  6. Prescott has more lakes in the city than any other city in Arizona. The lakes are perfect for kayaking, standup paddle boarding, and other non-motorized or small motor activities. Swimming is not permitted in most of the lakes, but they still make great places to cool down, go for a run or enjoy a family picnic.

  7. Whiskey Row

  8. Whiskey Row is a historic section of Prescott occupied by authentic, Old West saloons established during the time of the early gold rush; a culture that drew all kinds of settlers, cowboys, prospectors, bawdy girls, gamblers, and even outlaws to the town. And though present-day Prescott is far less wild these days, it still celebrates its history with annual shoot out events on this very block.

  9. Visit a Museum

  10. Although Prescott has art museums worth visiting, the ones that are unique to Prescott are those that highlight western, Native American, and early pioneer day history and culture. Sharlot Hall Museum, Phippen Museum, & Museum of Indigenous People (previously Smoki Museum) are great places to start.

Prescott has a thriving art community with new galleries, cooperative artist work spaces and music and festivals throughout the year. It’s pretty common to find art shows, community side walk art weekends as well as visiting artist demonstrations and classes. The landscape and history of the Southwest lives on in both old and modern techniques of capturing or representing this visually stunning terrain and culture. You’ll often find live music in Downtown Prescott and there a several performance art theaters where you can see both community and professional plays performed in a historical theater that’s over a century old. In addition to art, music and performance, there are several staple events that take place every year that Prescott is known for such as Frontier Days featuring the World’s Oldest Rodeo. So don’t forget to also check out our calendar to see what special events are going on in town while you’re here. You’ll never run out of things to do in Prescott.

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Prescott has enjoyable attractions for everyone. Spend a day at museums or historical sites that retell the tales of early settlers and their interactions with Native Americans. Or view educational exhibits on the American West like you’ve never seen it before. Not your pace? How about zip lining over tigers or skydiving? Yes, Prescott attractions offer a range of things to do that can be as educational, fun, interesting or exciting as you need it to be! From chuck wagons and wine tastings to children's museums and buildings that look like it came out of a Dr. Suess book, Prescott is full of attractions and activities. The only problem will be that you won’t have time to do them all in one trip.

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Where do we begin? Prescott borders three other National Forests in Arizona: Kaibab, Coconino, and Tonto. Prescott’s elevation ranges from 5,300 feet at the lowest, where the primary vegetation is of the Sonoran Desert type, to about 8,000 feet where chaparral bushes become more common, as well as pinon pine and juniper the higher you go up. Above that, are the famous Ponderosa pines. What that translates to is that there is so much amazing terrain to explore!

There's literally an outdoor activity for everyone: Prescott National Forest offers hiking trails; mountain bike trails; rock climbing; bouldering; hunting; picnicking; nature viewing; Prescott recreation areas offer fishing and boating; horses and trail riding; and let’s not forget photography and scenic rides by car, motorcycle or bike.

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Climb aboard for one of the many incredible tours in Prescott, AZ. Try horseback riding into the sunset, or take a van tour around the town of Prescott and beyond to towns like Jerome, the Verde Valley, Cottonwood and Sedona. This area has become more and more known for its wonderful wine country - wine tasting tours are something you won’t want to miss! There are even train ride tours nearby, haunted tours and walking tours of this charming, historical town. If you find yourself looking for things to do in Prescott, you can’t go wrong with a Prescott tour. You’ll learn and experience something new in the heart of the great American West.

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As it is with most cities, Downtown Prescott is the heart of this historical town. With the old courthouse as its centerpiece, Downtown Prescott only grows in character from there. Many of the buildings are old, restored, repurposed, rebuilt layers upon layers of history moving into the modern times. Through it all, intimations of the early settlers can be found everywhere. Not much has changed in a way. People still gather in the town square, these days for festivities and live musical performances. People are still drinking in the saloons that make up Whiskey Row. And Downtown is where you’ll find the good places to dine, see art and become part of the pulse of the town. Remember, Prescott is Everyone’s Town, and you’ll feel instantly like a part of it when you spend time in Downtown Prescott.

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POPULAR THINGS TO DO NEAR PRESCOTT

Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Just 40 minutes from Sedona.

Predator Zip Lines

Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of Northern Arizona's wine country, just minutes from tasting rooms and vineyards. From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley including Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome. Come join us for a Zip Line adventure that you'll never forget! Ride the most exciting zip line ever devised, over Out of Africa and soar over Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Hyenas, Bears, Jaguars and other natural predators!


2 Hour Ebike Ride at “The Peavine Trail”

2 Hour Ebike Ride at “The Peavine Trail”

We call this our “Show Up And Ride” and you will experience the beauty and serenity of Watson Lake and astonishing views of the Granite Dells thru one of our most popular and historical trail. The Peavine Trail is part of our “Rails to Trails” program that allows tourist and locals alike e
We call this our “Show Up And Ride” and you will experience the beauty and serenity of Watson Lake and astonishing views of the Granite Dells thru one of our most popular and historical trail. The Peavine Trail is part of our “Rails to Trails” program that allows tourist and locals alike experience this amazing place. Bringing your camera is a most. After you are done we come meet you and pick up the bikes from you. All you have to do is SHOW UP AND RIDE !

Immersive Adventure into the heart of Arizona's Wine Country

Immersive Adventure into the heart of Arizona's Wine Country

Start out in beautiful Downtown Prescott, at The Back Alley-Wine Bar on the Historic Whisky Row Alley. There, you'll enjoy a delicious variety of Hors d'Oeuvres & Taste amazing Wines while you learn about Vita-Culture in the region. From here you will be swept away into the Tall trees of M
Start out in beautiful Downtown Prescott, at The Back Alley-Wine Bar on the Historic Whisky Row Alley. There, you'll enjoy a delicious variety of Hors d'Oeuvres & Taste amazing Wines while you learn about Vita-Culture in the region. From here you will be swept away into the Tall trees of Mingus Mountain, on the road to Jerome. Wine Tastings & a quick ride down into the verde valley with time for lunch in OldTown Cottonwood. After lunch head into the heart of Wine Country through Oak Creek & Page Springs with many wineries to choose from. This private full day adventure is sure to create memories with your friends & or family & be the highlight of your travels in 2020.

Blazin' M Ranch

Blazin' M Ranch

CURRENTLY NOT TAKING RESERVATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Blazin' M Ranch features a BBQ chicken and ribs chuckwagon supper and a toe-tappin Western stage production by award-winning musicians. Guests may arrive before dinner to enjoy Old-Tyme photography, a museum, shoo
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING RESERVATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Blazin' M Ranch features a BBQ chicken and ribs chuckwagon supper and a toe-tappin Western stage production by award-winning musicians. Guests may arrive before dinner to enjoy Old-Tyme photography, a museum, shooting gallery, tractor pull, ropin' lessons, Western shops or the Copper Spur Saloon.

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