Prescott is home to the Prescott Unified School district, which covers grades K-12. There are also eight private schools, seven of which are parochial. There are also several different higher education opportunities. Yavapai College is a two-year college, with campuses in all three Tri-City locales. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is well regarded for both aeronautics and pilot training, while Prescott College is a solid environmental school. Northern Arizona and Old Dominion both offer satellite campuses in Prescott, while North Central College also calls the area home.
Attractions and Points of Interest
Prescott features several diverse museums for area residents and visitors including the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art, the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Phippen Museum. The Smoki Museum is dedicated to the native people of the area and features exhibits such as a collection of Southwest basketry, jewelry, pottery, and kachina dolls. The Sharlot Hall Museum is an excellent place to learn about the history of Prescott and Central Arizona, while the Phippen Museum contains a great collection of cowboy and western art. The historic central downtown Courthouse Plaza offers community wide events such as outdoor concerts, festivals, and craft fairs on a regular basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Parks and Recreation
There is much to see and do in the Prescott area. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, including Thumb Butte Park, Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, and Goldwater Lake. There are over 20 recreational facilities in the Prescott National Forest, which is only a few miles from town to either the south or west with one of the largest stands of Ponderosa Pine trees in the world. For campers with horses there is an equestrian area and miles of trails. Picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking and backpacking are all prevalent and Prescott is known nationwide for its rock-climbing and mountain biking. In addition, the 7,600 foot Granite Mountain Wilderness area provides miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and a small lake for fishing.
Prescott has an active Parks and Recreation department that offer a number of programs and events for youths and adults. From sports leagues to classes, there is something for everyone. The department has also made special needs residents a priority with their SNAP program offering everything from Sign Language classes to social night outings to exercise programs for those who may not ordinarily be afforded these opportunities.
The Courthouse Plaza in the heart of downtown hosts a variety of events all year round, while Watson Lake Park hosts numerous events, including an outdoor summer movie program. All told there are 11 parks in the area, as well as four lakes.
Sports plays a major role in the Prescott lifestyle. Yavapai College fields a number of top-level junior college athletic teams. They have national championship caliber men?s soccer and women?s basketball teams and a City League basketball program that has fielded a number of entertaining teams. Only 15 minutes away, nearby Prescott Valley is the home to minor league hockey and indoor football franchises with a large auditorium for concerts as well. There are also six golf courses in town and several others in the area. The most well regarded of which is the Hassayampa Golf Course.
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