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About Prescott

About Downtown Prescott

Be a part of the community and join us for one of the many activities and events Prescott has to offer. Historic Whiskey Row downtown features a wide array of shops, galleriesand restaurants to choose from. You’ll find there’s always an event taking place around the town square such as the Farmer’s Market, featuring local farmers and products, a constantstream of live music events and art fairs in the park.

Surrounding Area:

As a centralized location in Northern Arizona, there are a great number of interesting destination places in the surrounding area. Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Flagstaff and Jerome to name a few are all just a couple of hours drive away. Explore, ski, hike, visit the Grand Canyon or simply explore new places.

History:

Prescott was founded in 1864 as the Territorial Capital of Arizona. Though three of the names originally proposed for Prescott were "Audubon", "Goodwin City" and "Aztlan", the name "Prescott" was chosen in honor of William Hickling Prescott, author of The History of the Conquest of Mexico. The Arizona Miner reported that the name was accepted because Prescott was "a good citizen, a true patriot, with industry, perseverance under difficulty, amiability of character and love of country." For additional history of Prescott, please visit this link: http://www.prescott-az.gov/history/historic.php

Galleries:

Prescott boasts some wonderful art galleries and art workshops in town and hosts the Downtown Art Walk every 4th Friday during the warmer months. Here are a few featured galleries:

Outdoor activities:

There is no lack of outdoor activities around Prescott. Whether you enjoy golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding or simply want to enjoy nature, there’s something for everyone. Here are just a few examples of what you can find in the area:

Museums:

Celebrating the rich history of the area, there are quite a few museums to visit in Prescott:

Climate:

At a mile high in elevation, Prescott boasts both a seasonal and high-desert climate. Summer months are sunny with monsoon season starting mid-June and ending mid-August. During this time, residents enjoy warm rain showers complete with rainbows and lightning storms. In the winter, Prescott gets about 12 inches of snow per-year