Best Hikes and Nature Walks in Prescott
If you’re an Arizona native, you’ll probably agree that Prescott has one of the best climates in all of the state. Fall weather makes Prescott even more enjoyable. It is just a short drive from Phoenix, less than 2 hours, which makes it a great destination for these hikes, which are not too far from home. If you live in Prescott, you can enjoy these hikes without ever having to leave home.
Granite Basin Lake
This is a beautiful trail where you can walk one way for as long as you’d like, turn around and return to your vehicle, or you can take the entire 6-mile loop. It’s also fairly level because most of the hike is level along a lake until you get to Granite Mountain. Javelina, foxes, deer, snakes, and birds are only some of the animals you’ll spot in this sanctuary of a location.
To find this trail, you’ll take Montezuma street until it turns into Iron Springs Road and you see the Granite Basin turnoff.
Groom Creek Loop Trail 384 (Wolf Creek)
On this trail, you’ll notice that other vehicles will be right next to you as biking, and small motorized vehicles are allowed. That being said, if you enjoy cycling on trails, this is the one for you. It is a 6-mile loop and it is a moderate difficulty because there is a slight uphill climb. Enjoy light exercise while you walk above the Hassayampa River, along with the gorgeous vegetation and animals that inhabit that area.
To find this trail, you’ll take Mount Vernon Avenue to Wolf Creek, where you’ll notice the trailhead.
Prescott Peavine Trail
This trail is more of a nature walk next to the remnants of Sante Fe Railroad, above Watson Lake. On this beautiful 9-mile hike, you’ll be able to spot wild antelope herds and the hard-to-beat view of Watson Lake and the jetting rock mountains alongside it. One special feature, is the snapshot of what the same view looked like 100 years ago, with the working railroad, at Mile 3. The elevation gain on this trail is slight, so it makes for a very casual hike. Biking and horseback riding is also allowed on Peavine Trail.
To find this trail, you’ll take 89A to the Animal Control Headquarters. From there, you’ll spy the trailhead.