Sunday, April 07, 2013

A Great Town

We are really impressed with Prescott, Arizona, and have had a great time since we arrived on Friday. Point of Rocks Campground is on the edge of the Granite Dells. We had never even heard of the Dells before, but we sure are enjoying them. Saturday morning we took the trail out of the campground to Watson Lake, one of two man-made lakes now owned by the City of Prescott. The views of the lake were spectacular.

Today, we walked on another trail out of the campground and were able to view the lake and also explore the mounds of granite in the dells.

There are lots lizards about. This one let me take its picture this morning.

Earlier this morning we rode out bikes on a trail near Willow Lake.

Although a sign said we were near a great blue heron rookery, I really think the birds I saw on and near the nests were double crested cormorants. Anybody have a better suggestion?

In addition to hiking and biking, there are a lot of other things to do and see in Prescott. This was the first capitol of Arizona when it became a territory. The courthouse square is full of art shops and refurbished saloons from Whiskey Row where the early bars and bordellos were located. Some have colorful signs.

We saw a neat hat shop.

The Yavapai County Courthouse is very attractive.

And we saw two great bronze statues outside. The first honors Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and the local volunteers who fought with him. The second is called "Cowboy at Rest."

Prescott reminds us a little to Durango, Colorado, or Sheridan, Wyoming. It is a mile high, the same elevation as Denver. We really like it here.


  1. We have friends in Prescott and are planning a visit to that area. After reading your post we are really looking forward to it. Thanks!

  2. I've never spent any time in Prescott. I see we'll have to do that.

  3. The boulders around the lake remind me of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge where we volunteered this past year. Just beautiful.