Hiking adventures from Prescott, Arizona.

By Travel & Leisure
April 30, 2013
Credit: Courtesy Prescott Office of Tourism

This vast expanse—with terrain ranging from saguaro-scattered scrub to highland juniper forests—is a trekker’s dream. More than 450 miles of trails crisscross the 1.25-million-acre park, which has desert vegetation at lower elevation, but becomes more forested as you move upward, with Ponderosa pine and juniper trees. Here, hikers of different skill levels can experience the Black Hills, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.

Prescott Brewing Company

Tip a few of the award-winning microbrews.

Prescott National Forest

Some 450 miles of hiking trails snake through the pristine Prescott National Forest. If you choose the Granite Mountain Trail, a five-mile round-trip hike that brings you to a dramatic peak, you might be rewarded with close-up views of peregrine falcons that nest in the cliffs.

Gurley Street Grill

The restaurant serves excellent fresh rotisserie chicken and home-style pot roast; it also serves its own private-label wines from Napa Valley. At lunch, feast on salads and burgers, but don’t miss the signature roasted chicken pot pie.

Comfort Inn Ponderosa Pines

The Comfort Inn Ponderosa Pines ain’t fancy but will do in a pinch; it borders the National Forest, and has free continental breakfast and an outdoor pool with sundeck.

Sharlot Hall Museum

The museum is dedicated to Central Arizona pioneer history and Native American artifacts.