Central Arizona is a land of rugged, pine-forested mountains with a colorful history. The city of Prescott was the territorial capitol before Arizona became a state in 1912, and still has a flavor of those days. Nearby, the Bradshaw Mountains were a major mining center and the site of several large boom towns. The winding Senator Highway, a dirt road, runs the length of the Bradshaws. Still interesting to explore today, 100 years ago it was the main road connecting Arizona Territory’s two major cities, Prescott and Tucson. To get a feel for the pioneer days, check out Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza and Whiskey Row.
There are plenty of outdoor activities in the Prescott area. Several small lakes attract anglers, and Granite Mountain offers world-class rock climbing. Mountain bikers can explore miles of forest roads and trails. Hikers have several wilderness areas to visit, including the Juniper Mesa, Apache Creek, Granite Mountain, Woodchute, and Castle Creek Wildernesses. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Yavapai, White Spar, Indian Creek, Groom Creek Horse Camp, Lower Wolf Creek, Lynx Lake, Hilltop, Hazlett Hollow, Turney Gulch, Kentuck Springs.
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