About Prescott

Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona, at an altitude of 5,400 feet (1,600 m), a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, USA. Locals usually pronounce the name PRES-skit as opposed to PRES-cott. It was designated "Arizona's Christmas City" by Arizona Governor Rose Mofford in the late 1980s.The city has a four-season climate, with relatively mild winters and hot summers. Highs range from 50 °F (10 °C) in January to 89 °F (32 °C) in July, but nighttime temperatures are significantly lower due to the aridity.

The towns of Prescott Valley (7 miles east) and Chino Valley (16 miles north), Dewey-Humboldt (13 miles east) and Prescott, together comprise what is locally known as the "Quad-City" area. The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe reservation is located adjacent to and partially within the borders of Prescott.

The Sharlot Hall Museum houses much of Prescott's territorial history, and the Smoki and Phippen museums also maintain local collections. Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott boasts many historic buildings, including The Palace, Arizona's oldest restaurant and bar, and many other buildings that have been converted to boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and restaurants. The City is named after author William H. Prescott, whose writings were popular during the Civil War.

Prescott has many Victorian style homes and, perhaps because of that, has been called the most Midwestern-appearing city in the Southwest. Prescott has 809 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to the downtown historical area known as Whiskey Row. In 1900, a great fire destroyed almost all of the buildings on Whiskey Row. At the time of the fire, the entire bar and back-bar of the Palace Hotel was removed to the square by the patrons as the fire approached, re-installing it after the gutted brick structure was rebuilt.

Whiskey Row runs north and south on Montezuma St. between Gurley and Goodwin St., directly west of the county courthouse. This single city block has been the home of the St. Michael's Hotel (formerly the Hotel Burke) and the Palace Hotel since the late 19th century, along with other colorful purveyors of night-life. Merchant Sam Hill's large hardware store was located near Whiskey Row.

Prescott hosts annual events such as Frontier Days, The World's Oldest Rodeo (1888), Easter Egg-Stravaganza, the Bluegrass Festival, Earth Day, July 4 Celebration, Tsunami on the Square, art festivals, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Navajo Rug Auction, Pumpkin Patch Carnival, World’s Largest Gingerbread Village (actually on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe reservation), Prescott Film Festival, Folk Arts Fair, parades, the Acker Music Festival, The Cowboy Poets Gathering, the Prescott Highland Games, Courthouse Lighting, Whiskey Off Road and Ragnar Relay Del Sol. Also located in Prescott is the Heritage Park Zoo.

Prescott Info Links

City of Prescott website

Visit Prescott: website

Google Maps: Prescott

Prescott, AZ Chamber of Commerce: website

Prescott Hotels, Lodging and Bed & Breakfasts: website