This week we are thinking about and celebrating local places, local-ness, dogs, and picnics. Let me explain!
Today is Dog Appreciation Day, which is just tremendous for so many reasons. Dogs are all about living in the moment, and being entirely content exactly where they are in body, mind, and spirit.
And since Saturday is National Eat Outside Day, I think we should all spend the day outside with our pooches enjoying a picnic. There's nothing that sounds bad about that, right? Consider that aside from some well-earned downtime, there are health benefits too!!
So in the spirit of having your sumptuous picnic with your pup somewhere in the pines of Prescott, I wanted to share a list of lovely local spots for you to checkout and explore. Be sure to check first if the location you have in mind allows dogs, or requires them to be on leash.
Lets get to it!
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Many of these locations are technically still in town and all are just a short drive from Courthouse Square, which is well worth the effort.
Most of these spots are also connected directly to the spectacular trail system we enjoy here in Prescott, so you can start off with a hike or mountain bike ride and finish off with a leisurely picnic afterwards.
This is one of the most iconic landmarks in Prescott, and the area includes hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding opportunities in addition to picnicking.
8. Granite Basin Lake
You can enjoy fishing, non-motorized boating, camping and so much more along with picnic areas, offering grills and firepits. All in shadow of the close to 8,000 foot Granite Mountain.
9. Groom Creek Area
Find everything from camping to horseback riding and picnicking in the cool pines.
10. Iron Springs
Maybe try some bouldering before you sit down to have a picnic under the ramada.
11. Lynx Lake
Mountain bike and hiking trails, camping, fishing, picnicking and Highlands Center for Natural History is right there too.
bonus: a great trail map & some special places
My husband and I really enjoy the wilderness and trail systems around Prescott. He's mostly on one of his very cool mountain bikes and I'm always on foot hiking with Ibis the dog leading the way. She's the most amazing trail dog!!
We like to explore different parts of the Prescott National Forest together and then we'll meet back at the truck after a few hours to head back home.
I've got 2 really awesome bonus links to help you get the most out of your adventures:
Avenza Trail Maps
I always have this map of the Prescott Trails and Rec Areas up on my phone when we head out and I've found it to be incredibly handy. You'll find the phone app for iOS and Android links on their website.
Prescott National Forest - Special Places
The forest service works hard to help protect and provide access to some very Special Places here in the Prescott National Forest area. This page on their website will get you started...
Tell us what you think
We've got more scoop on very cool local spots to Hang-Out & Shop in Prescott and I hope you'll check it out. That's where you'll find the most up-to-date listing.
Cheers and happy picnicking!
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.
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