A Capital Idea!
Explore the picturesque town that once was Arizona’s territorial seat of government.
By Kristen Almquist
As the temperatures begin to rise throughout Southern Arizona, locals start setting their sights on cooler climates.
Many will travel a few hours north to where towering pines and comfortable temperatures transport visitors to what seems like another state altogether.
Nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level, Prescott, Arizona, sits among the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the United States. Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife.
Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row and abundant historical landmarks. Whether folks are seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife, or the history of cowboy forays in the most famous saloons of the Old West, there’s something for every visitor.
The town was established in 1864, one year after President Lincoln made Arizona a territory. Immediately designated the capital, Prescott was named for Harvard-educated historian/author William H. Prescott, who was widely viewed as one of the great intellectual minds of his era. His book, The History of the Conquest of Mexico, was utilized in naming several downtown streets.
With scenery so appealing, visitors will be sure to discover something new and exciting. Activities include horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and exploring local breweries, restaurants, shopping, festivals and more! Prescott has a hometown feel that keeps out-of-towners, young and old, coming back year after year.