|Prescott is a city in Yavapai County which is located in northern Arizona. It is 100 miles from Phoenix, 100 miles from Flagstaff, 30 miles from Jerome, 40 miles from Sedona, 20 miles from Camp Verde, 2 miles from Cottonwood and about 20 miles from Sedona. According to the 2010 Census, the population of Prescott is 39,843 and it is the county seat of Yavapai County.
The classic downtown with Victorian homes, turn-of-the-century saloons and other historic settings provides lots to see and photograph. Prescott has more than 700 homes and businesses listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Prescott boasts many historic buildings, including The Palace, Arizona's oldest restaurant and bar.
Many buildings have been converted to boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and restaurants. Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world famous Whiskey Row and abundant historical landmarks.
Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains nestled in the heart of the Prescott National Forest at an elevation of about 5,300 feet amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S.. Prescott enjoys a temperate, four-season climate with more than 300 days of annual sunshine, with just enough variation to make the weather both moderate and interesting. This is cool, refreshing pine tree country has scenic crystal clear mountain lakes. The average temperature is 70 degrees and snowfall is typically light and snow cover usually melts away quickly.
Breathtaking landscapes of this beautiful, idyllic community include granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows all filled with wildlife. Scenic vistas, parks, trails and so much more will provide you with a good feeling about the community.
With 360 confirmed species of birds, Prescott is one of Arizona's leading birding destinations. One reason for this diversity of birdlife is the varied vegetative communities present.
Yavapai Courthouse Plaza is recognized as one of the first ten “Great Public Places” in America by the American Planning Association. The plaza enjoys the select company of such iconic places as New York City’s Central Park and Santa Monica Beach in California. The historic courthouse stands in an oasis of green grass in a gothic cathedral of 170+ trees including 127 American elms.
Prescott is known for its western and cowboy feel and hosts annual events such as Frontier Days, The World's Oldest Rodeo (started in 1888), Easter Egg-Stravaganza, the Bluegrass Festival, Earth Day, July 4 Celebration, Tsunami on the Square, art festivals, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Navajo Rug Auction, Pumpkin Patch Carnival, World’s Largest Gingerbread Village (actually on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe reservation), Prescott Film Festival, Folk Arts Fair, parades, the Acker Music Festival, The Cowboy Poets Gathering, the Prescott Highland Games, Courthouse Lighting, Whiskey Off Road and Ragnar Relay Del Sol.
The State of Arizona has been officially designated Prescott as "Arizona's Christmas City". Prescott becomes "Arizona's Christmas City" when the holidays arrive. During December, the 19th century-built courthouse is bathed in a brilliant fountain of lights. It is a wonderful sight to see. If you long for the essence of the old-fashion Christmas that you enjoyed as a child, then you need to come to Prescott.