In Prescott, a beautiful small city in Northern Arizona, you will find one of the few remaining rail trails in the state. The Peavine National Recreational Trail follows the old Santa Fe, Prescott, & Phoenix Railway. This picturesque 5.5 mile trail (11 miles round-trip) features amazing views of Watson Lake and Granite Dells. Granite Dells consists of beautiful granite boulders which are more than a billion years old.
The path is pretty easy as there are no hills, making it a great option for biking, walking, or even horseback riding. You will find miles and miles of beautifully maintained trail, without any litter along the way. It is also very wide, so if anyone needs to pass you it shouldn’t be a problem. If you need to take a break, there are several places along the way to take in the gorgeous views.
This trail is so peaceful and scenic. You will hear no traffic noise along the way. About half of the trail is completely desolate. Around the portion closest to the city, you will see a few people, however, in the other direction it is absolutely silent. If you come early in the morning, you may even see some wildlife.
The journey is really beautiful. At many points, you will want to get out your camera to photograph the beautiful rock formations and lake views. There are also side trails along the way if you feel like getting a hike in. Overall, the trail is best suited for biking as it will not be much of a challenge for hikers. As for casual walkers, it is okay, however, you can cover so much more ground (and faster) on a bike. Long distance runners will also appreciate the flat terrain, wonderful views, and perfect distance.
The Peavine National Recreational Trail is the best activity in Prescott. It’s a great way to get out there and explore the area without spending too much money (one parking area is free, while the other charges $2). Enjoy Prescott’s mild 4 season climate anytime of the year on this wonderful natural trail. You will get in a great workout without totally burning yourself out. Immerse yourself in nature, absorb the fresh sunshine, enjoy the scenic views, and get in a moderate workout. What a perfect way to explore a beautiful city!
Be aware that there is not much shade on this trail, so if you visit during the summer season it would be best to plan your ride as early in the morning as possible. Also be sure to carry lots of water (a camelbak is preferred) and use plenty of sunscreen. Restrooms are available at the parking lot, however, no where else on the trail so plan your ride accordingly.
Free parking is available at Hwy 89A at Side Road or pay the $2 parking fee at the Peavine Trailhead off of the Prescott Lakes Parkway (this is where the restrooms and picnic tables are located).