Know Before You Go

To ensure that everyone enjoys their experience in Prescott, we have gathered the top tips from hiking safety to how to best support local businesses.


  1. Appreciate AZ by Leaving No Trace – 

Follow the Appreciate AZ guidelines to ensure that you and future generations can enjoy Prescott’s natural spaces for many years to come. 

  1. Plan Ahead & Prepare 

  2. Stick to Trails

  3. Trash Your Trash 

  4. Leave What You Find 

  5. Be Careful with Fire 

  6. Respect Wildlife


  1. Know Your Limits 

If you're biking, hiking, kayaking, camping or otherwise soaking up Prescott's natural lands, be aware of what you can handle—and what you can't. If a strenuous six-mile hike doesn't match your normal level of physical activity, dial it back. Opt for something shorter or easier.If you have pre-existing health conditions, consult with your physician prior to activity to know what you can handle safely. Regardless of your physical condition, everyone should take precautions against the Arizona sun: Apply sunscreen, don a wide-brimmed hat and wear lightweight, breathable clothing.


  1. Drink Plenty of Water 

Summer temperatures in parts of Arizona can top 115 degrees, rising rapidly during the day. To keep you cool, hydrate before, during and after outdoor activities, whether it's a morning hike or a weekend camping trip. Drink one-half to one quart of fluid for every hour you're outside. Carry a water bottle or hydration bladder and don't wait until you feel thirsty to start replacing fluids—by that time, you're already dehydrated.


  1. Support Local 

Whether it's ordering take-out from a local restaurant, browsing the goods at a neighborhood shop, following Arizona-owned businesses on social media—even leaving a positive review on sites like Yelp or Google—there are both big and small ways to support the Arizona economy. Prescott is largely made up of small business owners. Your contributes keep this community alive. Shop in person or online, or buy gift cards for future purchases.


  1. Book Early | Travel Mid-Week

For the best experience, the Office of Tourism recommends that visitors book early and travel mid-week whenever possible.