Category Archives: The Great Outdoors

Kayaking on Watson Lake Prescott Arizona

Watson Lake – photo by Photographer J Hahn

In northern Arizona just North of the small town of Prescott is Watson Lake. The 2 reservoirs Willow lake and Watson lake were formed in the early 1900’s. In 1997 the city of Prescott bought the land surrounding it and turned it into a beautiful water preserve with park areas for picnicking, trails for hiking and a boat launch for Kayaking and fishing. A few portions of the lake have small islands to explore only by boat. The islands are composed of large boulders of granite surrounding and the giving it a surreal atmosphere that’s great for picnicking.  Bring a lunch, a bottle of your favorite wine and an inflatable kayak or rent one and paddle around You’ll be glad you did.

PARK/LAKE INFORMATION

  • Summer Hours:
    (Memorial day-Labor day)

    6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

  • Winter Hours:
    7:00 AM – Sunset
  • $2.00 parking fee

Burning man Art 2011 documentary

What Is Burning Man? Lee Varis explores and explains Burning Man art, culture and environment through a series of  slides  and video. Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

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Biking the Peavine Trail Prescott Arizona

Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail

(Editor in chief) of the weeder, biking in Prescott Arizona

AIL INFORMATION

  • Hike Bike Horse 
  • 5.2 mi.
  • 5160’ (low) – 5220’ (high)
  • $2.00 parking fee
  • Click to download trail map

In  summer Heat hits in Phoenix Arizona  Mountain biking becomes too hot to ride. That’s the time my wife and I head up to Prescott Arizona to escape into the cool crisp unpolluted air and continue to enjoy our  exercise mountain biking together. One of our favorite trails is the Prescott Peavine trail which is one of the many Rails-to Trails projects developed across the United States by a none profit Organization.

In one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this “rail-trail” is now a great place to bike in Prescott!

This is one of the few Rails-to-Trails projects in Arizona. There are outstanding views of Watson Lake and Granite Dells, as well as, wildlife viewing. Walk, hike, bike or horseback along this four-mile trail that was originally built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1893. The Peavine connects with the Iron King Trail for another four-mile trek along more railroad bed. Take Hwy 89 to Prescott Lakes Parkway, then to Sundog Ranch Road. Shown on the NE Prescott Trails Map.

Parking at the Peavine Trailhead off Prescott Lakes Parkway has a $2 fee, but you can access this trail off of Hwy 89A at Side Road, or from Prescott Valley Iron King trailhead, or from the trailhead on Granite Dells Road for free.

 Beginning of trail show here