Prescott Arizona


Prescott is a wonderful place to visit for any van lifer. This medium sized town offers a rich history, hiking, camping and amazing restaurants. The town square is dates back over 100 years and is known for Whiskey Row. A street lines with old time bars and saloons. 


Prescott, Arizona, will always have a special place in my heart because it’s where I went to college. 


There are a lot of hikes located around Prescott. Below are a few of my favorites.

  • Thumb Butte (Medium, 2.5 miles)
  •  Watson Lake (Easy, 4.5 miles)
  • Granit Mountain (Hard, 7.9 miles)


There are a few campgrounds located around Prescott. Below are a few of my favorites.
  • White Spar Campground
  • Lynx Lake
  • Yavapai Campground
  • Watson Lake Park
  • BLM Camping

Watson Lake Park

Watson Lake Park is a great place to spend a few hours paddleboarding. The lake is best known for its rock features that you can explore on a paddleboard. It’s located 4-miles from downtown Prescott and offers canoeing, frisbee golf, camping, and hiking.   

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Located a few miles outside Prescott is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, my Alma mater. Embry-Riddle is a college focused on aeronautics. 

If you have a love for aviation, I recommend visiting the campus to see what it has to offer. The library holds over 1000+ model airplanes. 

It’s a privilege to have Prescott, Arizona, for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.

References and Links:

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