Outdoor Recreation

Thumb Butte-trail 33

Permitted Uses: hiking Difficulty: moderate Hiking Time: 1 hour This Prescott, Arizona landmark is one of the most popular hiking areas, and is located just three miles west of downtown Prescott. Head west on Gurley Street 2.5 miles to Thumb Butte Road. Continue northwest for 1.5 miles to the recreation site and parking area. There is a day-use fee of $2.00 per vehicle. The 1.75-mile loop trail is paved and a bit steep at the start, but the views from the top are worth it.

Groom Creek Loop-trail 384

Permitted Uses: hiking, biking and motorized vehicles less than 40 inches wide Difficulty: easy Hiking Time: 3.5 hours There is little elevation gain (500 feet), so this is a great 6-mile loop hike for almost everyone. Maverick Mountain and Mt. Tritle provide a beautiful backdrop to this trail that winds through lush vegetation along the Hassayampa River`s upper basin. From downtown Prescott, head south on Mount Vernon Avenue. Continue south from Prescott approximately six miles to Groom Creek. Just beyond Groom Creek turn right on the dirt road to Wolf Creek campgrounds. Trail 384 crosses the road within .4 miles.

Prescott Peavine Trail

Permitted Uses: hiking, biking, and equestrian Difficulty: easy Hiking Time: variable The "Rails to Trials" project helped form this winding trail that was once the route for the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix railroad. The trail covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Yavapai County. It meanders through lush riparian areas, through the beautiful Granite Dells, above Watson Lake, and towards open rangelands. Total length is 9.2 miles round-trip, however you can leave a car at Hwy. 89A, which will make the distance about 4.6 miles. Drive east on Gurley Street from downtown Prescott to the Hwy. 89/69 intersections. Take Hwy. 89 north for 1.1 miles to Sun Dog Ranch Road and turn right. Continue north about 1.5 miles where a road turns left opposite the Animal Control headquarters. The trial is just .1 miles west of here.

Little Granite Mountain-trail 37 and loop to Granite Basin Lake

Permitted Uses: hiking, bicycling (non-motorized), and horseback riding Difficulty: moderate Hiking Time: 1.5 hours This trail provides spectacular panoramic views of Skull Valley, Prescott, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the western end of the Sierra Prietas. For a loop hike, drop a car at Granite Basin Lake. Take trail 37 from Iron Springs trailhead to the Clark Spring Trail turnoff, which takes you to the lake. From downtown Prescott head north on Montezuma, which will turn into Whipple Street. Follow Whipple to Miller Valley, Willow Creek, and Iron Springs road intersection. You will continue straight on Iron Springs road 6.2 miles. The trailhead is 3.2 miles west of the turnoff to Granite Basin Lake.