This week we are thinking about and celebrating local places, local-ness, the beautiful scenery we are lucky to have, and picnics. Let me explain!
Tomorrow is International Picnic Day, not that we need a special holiday to make a picnic worthy of celebrating.
And since we want to share time with Dad on Sunday, I think we should all spend the day outside with our family and friends enjoying a picnic. There's nothing that sounds bad about that, right? Consider that aside from some well-earned downtime, there are health and general wellness benefits too!!
Keep reading to see my list of local Prescott picnic-worthy spots.
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So in the spirit of having your sumptuous picnic 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, and if there are any restrictions.
Lets get to it!
Click the location name for the link to get more deets.
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 Me what you think
Or if there's a great spot I'm missing on the list, let me know so I can add it!
Here's our go-to resource page to get more on picnics.
Cheers and happy picnicking!
I've never been to Prescott, but now I'm absolutely in love with it. I'm putting it on my list of places to visit for my next vacation.
Hey Lydia! That's so awesome... you will looove it here. There's some good lists and content about what else you can do here under the "local" tab on the website... I sure hope you'll let me know when you guys make it up so we can catch up. :D
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Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.
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