Great Off Road Trails in Prescott, AZ

Great Off Road Trails in Prescott, AZ
The city of Prescott, Ariz., possesses a distinctive setting where Old West history and a bustling metropolis perfectly combine. The city hosts the Yavapai-Prescott Indian tribe reservation and a number of parks and lakes ideal for visitors, including a number of recreational and outdoor activities. Prescott enjoys a mild climate year-round, which makes it an ideal place for off-road trails adventure that range from easy to difficult.

Bradshaw Trail

Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains in central Arizona, a mountain range in the Sonoran Desert that features one of the many trail sites in the city. Visitors can normally access this long and rugged 6.2 miles of off-road trail year-round, although its winter accessibility depends on the amount of snowfall. The trail starts near the Towers Mountain lookout or the Wildflower Mine. Hikers can see old mine dumps at the trailhead of Wildflower Saddle, and more mine dumps await them below this point. The trail goes from Towers Mountain and drops off steeply on the northern side of Tuscumbia Mountain, where Ponderosa pine and chaparral vegetation await you. The final two miles of the trail along Tuscumbia Trail #215 is level terrain, ending on Senator Highway west of Battle Flat. Hiker and riders should be cautious on the south of Tuscumbia Mountain, where the deadfalls and narrow, steep, rocky spots are. The trail itself is more level, although there may be overgrown bushes beyond Tuscumbia Mountain.

Goat Peak Trail

This 14.6-mile trail of primarily dirt roads may have rocks, grades, water crossings or ruts and is not for the faint of heart. Fairly wide, visitors don't have to worry about mud under normal weather conditions. The trail connects the settlement of Cherry with Mingus Mountain to the north and travels from Arizona 89A west of Jerome up to the Mingus Mountain within a mile of Mingus Lake, a popular fishing spot with a campground. The trail starts on a wide, graded dirt road that passes back-country campsites and traverses along FR 132, which is for dry-weather travel only. The trail's special attractions include Mingus Lake, picturesque ridge-top trails, back-country campsites and the developed camping on Mingus Mountain.

Watershed Trail

Visitors can best access this trail, which is 2.5 miles long, during the spring since summer treks can be very hot due to the climate. Located in the Groom Creek area, which overlooks the upper portion of Goldwater Lake, it leaves Senator Highway and ascends 0.6 miles to Deer Lick Spring before turning southeast and climbing to the top of the ridge at an elevation of 6,840 feet. Upon the reaching the highest point, the trail moves southward for 0.8 miles until it intersects at FR 52A, Spruce Mountain Lookout Road.

Article Written By Edward Perry

Edward Perry has been a freelance writer since 2006. His articles appear on Trails, eHow, and in "USA Today." Edward holds a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.

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