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Northern Arizona, a Fabulous Place to Live

Granite Boulders, Red Rock Beauty, Ponderosa Pines

Living in Northern Arizona, Nature’s Artistic Wonderland

landmark at grand canyon you'll see if living in northern arizonaThe breathtaking splendor of the Grand Canyon, the artistic red-rock beauty of Sedona, the mile high National Forests of Prescott are undeniably, three of the most well-known landmarks that draw scores of visitors to our Northern Arizona high country each year. But those aren’t the only attractions our enchanting region has to offer. When you come to Northern Arizona, you’ll discover so much more!

  • Fresh clean air and brilliant blue skies
  • Splendid red-rock & Granite Boulder landscapes
  • Expansive pine-needled forests
  • Hidden lakes and hiking trails
  • Artistic enclaves and ancient Indian ruins
  • Lush Golf Courses

It’s no wonder that so many people who come to visit Northern Arizona decide to stay!

Wide-Open Spaces, Beautiful Forests, Tranquility & Scenic Outdoor Adventures

In this land of rugged charisma, you can embrace a lifestyle where serenity is balanced with outdoor activity and artists find inspiration from Mother Nature’s stunning creations. It is a region rich in natural attractions, a fascinating panorama of vast plateaus and wooded valleys, red-rock buttes and amazing colorful canyons.

With vibrant wide-open spaces reflecting the area’s colorful western history and free pioneer spirit, Northern Arizona combines a tranquil quality of life with scenic outdoor adventures, a temperate climate and an affordable cost of living.

PRESCOTT: Set in a lovely forested valley 5,300 feet above sea level with a growing population of around 43,000, Prescott, Arizona exudes fresh outdoor appeal and small town charm. Incorporated in 1883, Prescott is a diverse city of contrasts. There are hundreds of Historic Places, including turn-of-the-century saloons reflecting its gun-slinging Wild West past and charming Victorian neighborhoods featuring quiet tree-lined streets with a number of marvelously restored Queen Anne homes and delightful B&B’s.

The historic downtown plaza with its green lawns and spreading elm trees is a favorite gathering place for the community, hosting arts and crafts festivals, car shows, wine tasting, live music and other cultural events. But it’s the wonderful recreational opportunities that really set Prescott apart. There are four scenic lakes, a number of outstanding golf courses and over 400 miles of well-groomed mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding trails that meander throughout the city and into the adjoining Prescott National Forest.

Located halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Prescott enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct but mild seasons that are favorable for hiking, outdoor adventures and year-round golf. It is a favorite destination for that wanting to escape the summer heat of the Phoenix area, and it is ideally situated to explore the natural wonders of nearby Sedona, the Grand Canyon and other captivating attractions in the Northern Arizona region.

The surrounding Communities of Chino Valley, Prescott Valley, Williamson Valley and Dewey-Humboldt are all within a quick 15 to 20 minute drive into Prescott.

Chino Valley offers residents a more relaxed rural setting with larger parcels of land for livestock and farming. Visit many of the local farmers during the summer and fall months at Farmers Markets throughout the state. The fertile soil, fresh water, herds of Pronghorn roaming the rolling hills and beautiful blue skies with panoramic views provides residents a get away from the bustle of Prescott.

Prescott Valley is the fastest growing city in Northern Arizona with a thriving economy. Harkins Theater, Sun Dogs hockey team, baseball, bowling, shopping, biking, hiking and dozens of restaurants keeps even the most active individuals with always something to do.

Williamson Valley is a perfect balance between the boulders and trees of Prescott and the rolling hills of Chino Valley. With a fine mixture of huge ranch properties, smaller cozy neighborhoods and exclusive gated communities such as Talk Rock Golf Community and American Ranch Equestrian Estates, Williamson Valley in a unique and beautiful place to reside.

Dewey-Humboldt is a rich farming and past mining community just south of Prescott. Centrally located, Dewey offers residents beautiful Sycamore Trees, rolling hills and quick access to Cottonwood, Sedona and Phoenix.

SEDONA: An hour’s drive from Prescott is you’ll find Sedona, a small friendly town that will enchant your senses as the stunning beauty of its remarkable landscape unfolds before your eyes. From the vivid red sandstone buttes rising above the town to the steep colorful rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon, an adjacent narrow gorge thickly forested with evergreen pines, the eye-catching scenery is simply magical. A long-time favorite of day-trippers, tourists and wealthy retirees, Sedona is filled with resorts, camping, recreational activities, art and spirituality.

GRAND CANYON: Without doubt one of the most famous landmarks in our nation, the Grand Canyon is a 2-hour drive from Prescott and presents fabulous recreational opportunities with mesmerizing views. The immense geological wonder is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep. From scenic drives, hiking and camping to whitewater raft trips on the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon provides a great getaway with truly awesome experiences.

FLAGSTAFF: With a population around 60,000 people and a cool elevation of 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is scenically positioned in the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. A city of cultural diversity, there is a wonderful variety of restaurants, nightlife and lodging. With close proximity to seven National Parks and monuments and just 80 miles from the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff is a favorite destination for people seeking outdoor adventure and a hub to explore the rugged beauty of the pioneer West.

Prescott Mileage and Distance Guide

Following are approximate driving miles from Prescott, Arizona to other destinations.

  Distance From Prescott
Flagstaff, Arizona 95 Miles
Sedona, Arizona 67 Miles
Grand Canyon , AZ 128 Miles
Williams, Arizona 69 Miles
Cottonwood, Arizona 54 Miles
Phoenix, Arizona 100 Miles
Tucson, Arizona 213 Miles
Lake Havasu, Arizona 207 Miles
Camp Verde, Arizona 42 Miles
Lake Mead, Nevada 221 Miles
Las Vegas, Nevada 251 Miles
San Diego, Calif. 374 Miles
Los Angeles, Calif. 380 Miles