For the Canadian town near Ogdensburg NY, see Prescott (Ontario).

Prescott is a city in Arizona, and the county seat of Yavapai County.


Prescott (pronounced "PRES-kut") was the first (and third) Territorial Capital before Phoenix was chosen as the final site, and is home to the world's oldest rodeo, as well as the famous Whiskey Row. Prescott, unlike much of Arizona, has clear seasonal changes and is very temperate. Warm summers, cold winters, and a monsoon season that generally starts at the beginning of July and lasts until September.

Get in

By air

Great Lakes Airlines offers flights from Los Angeles, Denver, Moab, Kingman, and Page into Prescott Municipal Airport (IATA: PRC). The airport is about 20 minutes from the city proper, however, and you'll either need to arrange a taxi or rent a car at the airport. Currently only Hertz has rentals available at the airport itself, though Enterprise, Avis, and others all have locations in Prescott.

Shuttles also run from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IATA: PHX) and the Phoenix Greyhound terminal, via either the Prescott Transit Authority (tel. 928-445-5470, toll-free 800-445-7978) or Shuttle-U (tel. 928-442-1000, toll-free 800-304-6114.

By car

Prescott is located at the junction of State Route 89, with access from the north from I-40, and State Routes 89A and 69, with access from the south and east by I-17.

Get around

Prescott Citibus offers bus service within the Prescott area from Monday - Friday, 9AM-5PM, for a fare of $2. A route map and schedule is available here.

If staying in downtown Prescott, it's fairly easy to see the most important parts of the town on foot. However, Prescott also has a large number of taxi services in the area, in large part due to the presence of Whiskey Row.

For those with a more adventurous side, ATV rentals are available near downtown. Scooters, bicycles, golf carts, and other conveyances are also available for those who'd like to get around a little more quickly.


The former Territorial Governor's Mansion, now the Sharlot Hall Museum


Outdoor activities

Watson Lake in the Granite Dells
Thumb Butte

Festivals and events


Check out the Indian-made jewelry in the small local shops around town.

Drop into a local bookstore and check out the local authors, who write on everything from smirking to exotic recipes.



Stained glass window in the historic Jersey Lilly Saloon



The historic Hassayama Inn

There are dozens of hotels and motels in and around Prescott. When booking, be sure to check the hotel's location and proximity to the local attractions. There are many hotels within a short walk of the downtown area, but most are independent properties with no national presence (the only exception being the SpringHill Suites by Marriott on Sheldon St.). Most "brand name" properties are located closer to the mall, which is a couple of miles from the Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row.


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Routes through Prescott

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