Our Prescott Area Adventures are an invitation to come check out our favorite things to do in our own backyard. We offer single day activities like guided hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. We also offer excursions to local vineyards and breweries. Or you can choose a few options that sound best to you to make for a fun-packed weekend getaway in the Central Arizona Highlands. Take a long morning hike in Prescott National Forest and finish the afternoon tasting local craft beers. Or spend the day rock climbing topped off with a wine tasting along shaded Oak Creek in the evening.
Our home town of Prescott has a rich history of being a wild and rugged kind of outdoor place ever since gold was discovered here along the headwaters of the Hassayampa River and Lynx Creek in 1863. Set in a wide basin, downtown Prescott is tucked in between the pine covered Bradshaw Mountains to the south, the prominent distant cliffs of Granite Mountain to the north, the other-worldly lakes and boulders of the Granite Dells to the east, and the prominent volcanic remnants of Thumb Butte to the west.
There are seemingly endless possibilities for exploration just outside of town. Prescott National Forest boasts 1.25 million acres and accesses hundreds upon hundreds of miles of trails, many of which lead (almost quite literally) to our doorsteps. A multitude of creeks and riparian corridors teeming with wildlife criss-cross the basin through town adding to the idyllic scenery, making this an adventure playground not to be passed up. In 2009 National Geographic Adventure confirmed what we’ve known for years naming Prescott one of the best towns for adventure sports in the United States. Our Prescott Area Adventures highlight this ideal landscape.
Our day trips include a guide, transportation, and a picnic lunch. Check out the list of guided offerings below, then drop us a line, let us know what you’re interested in, and we’ll help put the right experience together for you! We hope you come visit!
Whether you’d prefer a leisurely morning stroll along the shores of Watson Lake, to test your quads on a 10 mile, 2500′ vertical loop up Spruce Mountain, or something in between, we’ve got the hike for you! We’ve explored many of the hundreds of miles of varied trail surrounding Prescott so we can pick the right hike for your group. Meet your guide in town in the morning and head out for a few hours or the entire day to enjoy scenic vistas of the Prescott basin, the distant Kachina Peaks in Flagstaff, or Skull Valley below.
Up for something truly challenging and thrilling? Prescott has easy access to arguably some of the best and most diverse rock-climbing in the United States. The Central Arizona Highlands lie in what geologists would describe as a mountain transition zone between the Colorado Plateau and the basin and range of the Sonoran Desert, making for a landscape where many different types of rock meet. We can find a few different types of granite, volcanic basalt flows, sandstone, and limestone all within a short radius. That means we can tailor the difficulty and type of climbing to our clients interests and abilities, from the first-time novice to the experienced veteran.
All of our rock guides are certified with the American Mountain Guides Association so you’ll know your group will be in safe hands. Many have spent years climbing in Prescott, and have been instrumental in developing the local climbing areas. We’ll provide all the necessary technical equipment like harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes, ropes, and hardware. Your guide will set up and break down all the anchors for your climbing routes, provide instruction for good climbing technique, and provide a safe climbing environment.
Beer and Wine Tasting
Prescott, Arizona is home to a handful of really good craft breweries. You may not hear much about them outside of Northern Arizona, but these hidden gems are tasty and worth the trip. This area also boasts a budding wine scene that is surprising more and more visitors every year. Lush riparian corridors set in Northern Arizona’s Verde Valley and Sedona create pockets of ideal growing conditions.
Let us take you on a tour for the day and sample some of our favorite refreshments. We’ll include the tasting and lunch costs plus transportation from Prescott.
At Rubicon Outdoors, we like to work hard and play hard. Which means earning that cold one after a long day on the trail. You can combine a tasting with one of our outdoor activities for a full day of adventure. Take a morning hike and finish the afternoon at one of our local breweries; or top off a day of climbing with an evening tasting along shaded Oak Creek. Page Springs Cellars, Barnstar Brewing Co. and the Superstition Meadery are just a few of the options we could visit.
Ready access to hundreds of miles of single-track and a couple thousand feet of elevation relief makes Prescott a fantastic place to get on the bike for a spin. The varied trails here have something to offer the beginner and expert alike from mellow rolling terrain, to fast swooping downhill, and rocky technical climbing. Head out for a ride with one of our guides who can show you all the best local hot spots. For more than a dozen years Prescott has hosted the Epic Rides Whiskey Off-Road Race–a weekend long event that turns downtown into a mountain biking mecca every April. Over the years it’s become quite the event with thousands of riders and many more who turn out to watch them descend into town from Thumb Butte. The race offers 50, 30, and 15 mile categories and boasts the largest purse in mountain bike racing at $30,000! We think the excitement over the terrain here is well-warranted. Fortunately for us, and for you if you choose to come, the trails here are just as good (and much less crowded) the remaining 362 days of the year.