Phoenix may be the official state capital, but when it comes to recreation, leisure-time activities and good old-fashioned fun, Prescott Valley is the real capital of Arizona.
The Town of Prescott Valley offers a variety of recreational facilities. Prescott Valley’s inventory of open space and recreation opportunities range from highly developed, active recreation sites to passive open space. The town features over 263 acres of developed parklands, 166 acres of undeveloped parkland, 27 park sites, an outdoor public swimming pool, 27 multi-purpose athletic fields, trails, two amphitheaters and two community/activity centers. Mountain Valley Park, located at 8600 E. Nace Lane, is considered the town’s only regional park. It offers multi-purpose athletic fields (some with lights and a full-size synthetic field for soccer and football), an award-winning amphitheater, a skate/bike park, an outdoor pool facility with a 100-foot slide and splash pad, over two miles of multi-use paths and the shade of some 400 trees. For a park that has something different, visit Fain Park at 2200 N. 5th Street. This park offers fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas and gold panning. Stop by and relax a while in one of the area’s most scenic locations.
On the outskirts of town are the towering pines of Prescott National Forest, where there are thousands of acres available for hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing and camping. Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake and Watson Lake are just a few miles up the road, as are the rugged Mingus Mountains with their spectacular vistas.
In town, you can participate in organized sports for both youth and adults. These range from football to baseball, basketball to soccer, bowling to volleyball or hike along the many urban trails located within the town.
There is golf to be played on several public courses, a zoological sanctuary to visit in nearby Prescott and, of course, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, which is only a two-hour drive to the north.
If that is not enough to keep you busy, you can attend craft fairs, visit a historical site or museum, go bowling, test your skills at miniature golf or skee-ball, rent a canoe, spend an afternoon shooting skeet…the list of Prescott Valley’s year-round recreational opportunities and leisure activities is virtually endless.