Explore Arizona with the Arizonan

Arizona is a lot more than Phoenix and the Valley. It is a complex and diverse landscape of mountains and deserts, ranches, and farms. Arizona is public lands, Indian lands, military complexes, and forgotten ghost towns. 

Let us help you explore Arizona. Get comfortable, there is a lot to see and learn.

 

Carl Chapman, REALTOR

West USA Realty

Dec. 4, 2020

Seligman

Seligman, birthplace of historic U.S. Route 66, is in

Yavapai County at the junction of Route 66 and Interstate 40, and

is equal driving distance from Flagstaff, Kingman and Prescott. The

community is 75 miles north of Prescott, the county seat.

Seligman was known as Mint Valley to pioneers on the Beale

Wagon Road and as Prescott Junction during the early railroad

years. The town was renamed Seligman by officials of the A & P

Railroad (which later became the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line)

to honor Jesse Seligman, a prominent New York banker responsible

for financing railroad construction and companies. J. & W. Seligman

& Company remains a prestigious investment firm headquartered in

New York. The first post office was erected in 1886. Seligman, at a

5,242- foot elevation, celebrated its Centennial in 1986 and is unincorporated.

 

Seligman's motels, restaurants and service stations on Historic Route

66 provide the main sources of community income by serving residents,

tourists and hunters passing through Arizona on I-40. In

November 1987, the State of Arizona dedicated old U.S. Route 66

from Seligman to Kingman as Historic Route 66, due to the efforts

of the Seligman Chamber of Commerce. The dedication will assure

the preservation of the longest remaining stretch of old Route 66

left in the United States and an increase in tourism in northwest

Arizona.

 

Seligman also serves as a supply center for the cattle ranching operations

in the area. The Santa Fe Railway adds to the town's economic

livelihood by maintaining facilities that serve its main line,

which passes through Seligman.

 

A multi-million dollar expansion of the facilities of the mine operated

by the Chemstar Company, 25 miles west of Seligman, has

brought in many new families and increased job opportunities and

business in the community.

 

Many of Arizona's scenic attractions are readily accessible from

Seligman. The Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the

world, is a two-hour drive from Seligman. Located west of

Seligman, just off Historic Route 66, are the Grand Canyon Caverns

and the Supai Indian Village in Havasupai Canyon. The Prescott,

Kaibab and Coconino National Forests are all within a short distance

of the community and offer recreational opportunities including

hunting and fishing, scenic drives and camping. Also located in the

national forests are Indian ruins, wilderness and natural areas, and

several national monuments. Winter sports activities are available

in nearby Williams at the Bill Williams Ski Area and at the

San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff.

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area is along the San Pedro River.  The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area in 1996 by the American Bird Conservancy.  The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area covers 56,000 acres.  It is home to over 100 species of breeding birds.  The area is also a habitat for over 250 migrant and wintering birds.  One reason for the abundance of birds is the thin strip of 100-year old Fremont Cottonwoods that grow within the conservation area.

The area includes lush riparian plant life and wildlife.  Many claim it is one of the premier birding areas in the nation.  Grey Hawks, Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat and Yellow-billed Cuckoo nest in the conservation area.  During the spring, visitors might see Vermilion Flycatchers and Green Kingfishers.  Abert’s Towhees and Gambel’s Quail can sometimes be spotted in the wintertime.

You will also discover several mining towns such as Charleston and Millville.  The history of the area goes back further to prehistoric times.  Murray Springs at Clovis Site has remains of a prehistoric culture living in the area and ruins of a Spanish presidio.

There is no admission charge to enter the conservation area.

There are several access points to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.  The primary access point can be met by taking Highway 90 east out of Sierra Vista and/or Fort Huachuca for approximately 8 miles.  Then you will come across a sign for the San Pedro House, where you will find visitor information.  San Pedro House is operated by the Friends of the San Pedro River.  A bookstore is also at this spot.  If you would like more information, you may call 520-458-6940 or 520-458-3559.

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Schnebley Hill Road

Theodore and Sedona Schnebly created Schnebley Hill Road in 1901.  They moved to the area and bought 80 acres.  Growing vegetables and fruit was their mainstay.  The Schnebly’s would haul their produce up to Flagstaff and return.  Thus, the Schebley Hill Road was developed.  Today you can follow its path.

If you are heading from Interstate 17 down to Sedona, the Road passes by a lake and through tall pines.  Then you will come to a vista where you can see the red rocks of Sedona down below.  This is a great photo stop. 

As you proceed down the hill, you will come to the most spectacular sight.  From this advantage point, you will see a breathtaking view of the Verde Valley and a vast panorama of the rock cliffs where there the contrasting reds, pinks, orange, purple and golden colors form one of the most brilliant scenes in Arizona.  This spot is often used as a motion picture location because of its beauty.  You will discover that many of the Jeep tours departing out of Sedona come to this place.  The rest of the ride down to Sedona is dotted with wonderful views of rock formations and of the land below.

I would suggest taking the road from the Interstate 17 down to Sedona although; you can take the drive out of Sedona.  If you are heading out of Sedona you will need to look for the signs to Schnebley Road in downtown Sedona.  I prefer the drive down from Interstate 17.  This way the views are constantly opening up in front of you, instead of you having to turn around and look back as you climb the hill. 

If you are coming from Interstate 17 look for exit 320.  Exit 320 is just past Camp Verde and before you get to Munds Park.  Once you take exit 320, you will turn onto Forest Road 153 and head west.

It is a dirt road.  The first part of the road is good, but it does change as the road continues into Sedona.  It would be advisable to be in a vehicle that can withstand big bumps.

It takes about three hours to make the drive because you will want to stop and look at the sights.  It is a definite must do.

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley is located 87 miles northwest of

Phoenix. This community lies between the Bradshaw and

Mingus mountains 5,100 feet above the desert plains.

Pronghorn antelope still travel throughout the town in spite of

its tremendous growth. Since 1990, Prescott Valley, one of

Arizona's fastest growing communities, has gone from a population

of 8,858 to 20,000. Nearby developments outside the

town limits increase the population to 66,000, according to

Prescott Valley officials.

 

Commercial businesses are popping up in every direction

with a heavy concentration along Highway 69. A planned new

downtown, regional shopping center and cross-town highway

will offer a variety of new opportunities over the next few years.

Prescott Valley has a state-of-the-art sewage treatment

plant, sewer system, natural gas and road project that will take

the community well into the 21st century. A third long-range

plan has been completed for this 27-year-old community and a

new police and court facility has been constructed in the

planned new civic center. The new Town Hall and library is now

under construction.

 

The town was founded in 1966, incorporated in 1978, and

residents expect it to become a major city in the near future.

However, town leaders say Prescott Valley will never lose its

small town, friendly approach to people and business.

 

The area's largest industrial employer, Better-Bilt, Inc. employs

300 people in Prescott Valley. In addition, ACE Home

Distribution Center has a 663,000-square-foot building with

250 employees; Printpack, a fast-food packaging company with

107 employees, and AAE, a sheet metal manufacturer with 45

employees help provide employment to the community. K-Mart,

Safeway, Albertson's and a variety of retail and service establishments,

along with restaurants and motels, also stand ready to

meet consumer needs.

 

Prescott Valley offers many recreational opportunities with 10

public parks, a community recreation center featuring a new

public swimming pool with a 100 ft. slide; Olympic-style soccer

and softball fields and facilities for basketball, tennis and picnics.

Mountain Valley Park's amphitheater is host to a full schedule of

concerts and entertainment during the summer months.

Castle Golf Family Fun Park offers a video arcade, miniature golf,

batting cages, a miniature go-cart raceway and rides. Antelope

Lanes is a family oriented bowling alley with 16 lanes. The area is

proud to boast four fine golf courses nearby.

 

The beautiful pines of the new Fain Park and Prescott National

Forest offer hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing and camping

just minutes from your front door. Nearby Fain Lake, Lynx Lake

and Goldwater Lake are stocked with fish, and canoe or row-boat

rental is available. Visit Prescott Valley's Massick Family

"Castle on The Creek," and the Fitzmaurice Indian Ruins. Try

your hand at panning for gold, take a day trip to explore beautiful

Arizona, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of a barbecue in

your own backyard.

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Pumpkin Trail

The Pumpkin Trail offers the visitor a long hike from a valley of pine and junipers up through mountain meadows and forests of mixed conifer, aspen and fir to the summit of Kendrick Peak. All of the hike is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The upper three quarters of it follow the alignment of an old sheepherder route used up to 40 years ago. The remains of an old sheepherder's cabin still stands alongside the trail about 1/4 mile below the lookout tower. Note that there are no reliable springs along the trail and no water at the top of the mountain.

Trail Layout: Initially, this trail follows an old road then rises along a steep canyon. After passing through a gate, the trail ascends a ridge, gradually turning southeast. From here to the top of Kendrick Mountain, the trail follows a ridge through meadows, aspen and conifer stands. Rock cairns often show the way. All of the trail is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. It is possible to link up with the Bull Basin Trail via the Connector Trail for an 11 mile hike.

Length: 5.5 miles one-way

Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.

Rating: Moderate

Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7260 feet. Trail starts at the parking area off Forest Road 154.

Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.

Use Restrictions: No motorized or mechanized vehicles (e.g., mountain bikes). Hiking and horseback riding only.

Access: From Williams, take I-40 east to the Parks Exit (#178). Turn left across the overpass, left again at the "T" intersection, and then turn right at the Parks store onto FR 141. Continue north on FR 141 for about 11 miles; continue onto FR 144 and go about 2.5 miles to FR 171. Turn right onto FR 171; go 2.8 miles to the right-angle curve in the road, then turn left onto FR 149 just south of the curve, and continue for about one mile to the parking area at the trailhead.

Travel Time: About 1 hour from Williams to the Trailhead.

Road Condition: Paved road, all-weather gravelled road, and a few miles of unsurfaced road that is suitable for sedans only when the weather is dry.

USGS Map(s): Moritz Ridge-Kendrick. (A Forest Map may also be useful; they can be purchased at the Visitors Center.)

 

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Queen Creek Arizona

Queen Creek, in the southeast corner of Maricopa County,

is only a 45-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport,

but it is a world apart from city life. Families on

irrigated acre lots, mini-farms, and ranchettes live among the

farmers and ranchers, enjoying a rural lifestyle unique to

Queen Creek. Centuries ago, the Hohokam found these fertile

areas along the creeks and washes at the foot of the San

Tan Mountains ideal for farming, as did the settlers who came

to the area at the turn of the century.

 

Queen Creek incorporated in 1989. The town contains 19,200

acres, with 3,364 (17.6 percent) acres set aside for commercial

or industrial uses. (Commercial uses are clustered around the

town’s downtown core, and industrial uses are found along

the railroad tracks and spur, or in the northern part of the

town to buffer Williams Gateway Airport.)

 

Queen Creek is a partner in the Joint Powers Authority operating

Williams Gateway Airport at the former Williams Air Force

Base, adjacent to ASU East. But rural scenes fill most of the

45-square-mile planning area of the town–with cultivated

fields and citrus and peach orchards. Near the airport, along

the town’s northern border, are located a number of large

industries such as Olin, TRW Safety Systems, Mitsubishi, and

the General Motors Proving Grounds, providing significant

employment opportunities to residents as well as customers

for downtown businesses.

 

A widely accepted citizen-created General Plan guides Queen

Creek’s development and includes Queen Creek Ranchettes,

Circle G, and the Orchards, totaling more than 800 one-acre

lots. The community’s emphasis is quality homes and preservation

of the lifestyle residents enjoy. Two equestrian-oriented

projects, with homes on smaller lots located around shared stables

and arenas, are being developed.

 

Queen Creek attracts thousands of visitors each year for its

U-pick fruit and vegetable crops. The four-day Country

Thunder music festival brings more than 100,000 people to

enjoy camping and concerts. Scenic views include the San

Tan Mountains to the south and the Superstition Mountains

to the northeast. The San Tan Mountain Regional Park offers

open space and recreational opportunities. Queen Creek

plans to acquire and develop two major washes crossing the

town as the foundation of a parks and trail system. Historical

sites include the Old Main school building, the ruins of a

Butterfield Stage stop, and the Town Hall.

 

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Quartzsite

Quartzsite is 125 miles west of Phoenix at the junction

of Interstate 10 and U.S. 95, near the Colorado River. The

community has a Mohave Desert setting 879 feet above sea

level. The nearby Kofa, New Water and Plomosa Mountains pro-vide

topographic relief while the Colorado River lies only 17

miles to the west. Quartzsite incorporated in 1989.

Quartzsite was established in 1867 on the site of old Fort Tyson,

a privately built structure constructed in 1856 by Charles Tyson

for protection against Indian raids. Named Quartzite because

quartz was occasionally found in the area, the name evolved to

Quartzsite through an error in spelling.

 

Tourism is the major contributor to Quartzsite's economy. The

retail trade and services sectors benefit from the visitors who

reside at the numerous (more than 70) mobile home and trailer

parks in the vicinity between October and March. Beginning in

October, nine major gem, mineral, and 15 general swap meeting

shows are popular tourist attractions. The Bureau of Land

Management and law enforcement agencies estimate more

than 1.5 million people attend these events.

 

Quartzsite's four largest employers are Ted's Truck Center and

Bull Pen Restaurant with 50 employees; Love’s Truck/Auto

Center with 50; Pilot Truck Center, Dairy Queen and Subway

Restaurant with 40; McDonald's with 20 permanent and 20 seasonal;

the Town of Quartzsite with 37 ;and Burger King/Mobil

with 25 permanent and 30 seasonal.

 

A rock hunter's paradise surrounds Quartzsite. Agates, limonite

cubes, gold, and quartz are especially good “finds”–but they are

only a few of the many different types around. In town, the Hi

Jolly Monument is a reminder of an unusual pioneer experiment:

it honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an

unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels

as beasts of burden in the Arizona desert.

Southward, off U.S. 95, rise the Kofa Mountains. Historic and

scenic areas include the Spanish Wall, Crystal Hill, Tyson Tanks,

Tyson Wells Museum and the Hi Jolly Monument. South in the

Kofa Mountains is Palm Canyon, a tight gorge and home of

Arizona's only native palms, reached by a steep but rewarding

climb. Farther south is Castle Dome Peak at an elevation of

3,793 feet.

 

Only 17 miles west, the Colorado River offers visitors a variety of

water sports ranging from fishing to speedboat racing.

Campgrounds, mobile home parks and other overnight accommodations

are available along the river and in the Quartzsite

area.

 

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Queen Creek

This delightful living community is found to the south and east of Phoenix.  Travel through Tempe, if you can go through this lively area of dining and activity without having to stop for the afternoon, then on past Mesa and Gilbert.  You will see that this area becomes more and more natural.  The pace of life is much less hectic than in the larger urban areas and this is part of what lends charm to the town.

 

To see Queen Creek travel east on Interstate 60, then southbound on Ellsworth Road into town. Queen Creek is south of the city of Apache Junction and town of Gilbert.

Queen Creek is surrounded by some remarkable mountains that rise majestically from the low-lying plans.  The San Tan Mountains, Goldmine Mountains and the legendary Superstition Mountains can be seen in the northeast.  These breathtaking vistas are certainly ideal for the photographer, or as something to write about.  But even if you don’t have a camera or a notepad the images are so outstanding that they will stay with you for the lifetime, anyway.

Climate

 

The climate is typical of the southwest.  There is a mild winter that is balanced by a long hot, dry summer.  Many have claimed that the dry, hot summer conditions have helped to relive many of their allergy symptoms.  Summer days are clear and spectacular and the temperatures are truly remarkable.  Spring and autumn are mild transitions into the other seasons.  There is a brief monsoon season that is truly extraordinary.

Queen Creek Properties

Prospective residents have a wide range of home styles to choose from in Queen Creek.  Properties with large lots can be found in town.  With a network of multiuse trails throughout the community, many homes have horse privileges.  Irrigated acre lots and ranchettes are available for those who want to experience the true rural lifestyle.  Also, there are new single family homes and custom homes available. 

A look at recent home for the area will give some idea of what you might expect to find when looking for Queen Creek homes.  The resale home market has, according to recent study, slowed slightly from earlier levels.  This can be a good sign for buyers who are searching for bargains if the slowing is at least partially due to the number of units available.

Interestingly, though, is the fact that some area resale prices have shown an upward movement!  So it appears that it is a fortunate time to consider listing properties to take advantage of the measurable price increase.

Expert opinion in the Arizona realty field suggests that the current conditions are due to a surge that has things in an unsettled state.  If this is the case then it may be wise to move ahead now, before the beneficial aspects of these conditions change.

Like most of the areas surrounding Phoenix Queen Creek is enjoying a period of growth.  Business is finding the combination of economical land a desirable characteristic of the area and the close proximity to Phoenix makes it close to resources, distribution, markets and many of the other vital commercial concerns.

But rest assured that the arrival of new business has in no way been allowed to change the charm of this simply wonderful community.  In fact, the easy coexistence of this carefully planned growth belies the fact that the rural charm has not at all been changed in spite of reports that all business construction, from office space to larger commercial structures, is rising as steadily as any other type of building.

The town is the same as many small towns that you would find anywhere across the nation.  Friendly people who have lived there all their lives, a strong sense of civic pride, the assortment of activities and exhibits that showcase the local talent and the leisurely pace that lets you look around and appreciate the good things that are near.

The Market

 

The spectacular amount of market activity in Arizona over the past decade has been well documented.  People of all walks of life have been moving to Arizona, and particularly Phoenix, in numbers unmatched in recent memory.  

 

Figures from 2000-2005 show nothing but increased construction, development, unit sales and unit sales prices in virtually every category of structure offered on the market. 

 

The greatest degree of growth occurred during fiscal 2005, where previous growth statistics, impressive in their own rights, spiked sharply to even higher levels.  Of particular note to the residential home seller/buyer was the record appreciation in new and resale home values.  These rates were up for new homes and resales, rentals and condominium units, the only difference being one of degree.

 

While it is true that not all Phoenix area real estate markets showed the same amount of increase it is true that the degree of growth for each area was proportional. 

 

Then along came 2006 and equally well documented has been the decline in the rate of growth of some key market indicators.  The greater Phoenix resale home market is showing marked decreases in sales figures for comparable periods last year across the valley and across most unit categories.

 

One interesting exception is median price for resale units has risen slightly.  This rising price accompanied by a decrease in sales seems to be more in keeping with normal market tendencies.  One would expect spectacular growth to lead eventually to a degree of scarcity that would be reflected in higher prices.  Could this indicate that the market has reached its peak?

 

Let’s look at another indicator to see what it may tell us.

Since 1985, the Arizona Real Estate Center has computed what it calls “affordability indexes” for the Greater Phoenix area and several nearby cities. 

 

The index was invented as a guide to predict market activity.  When the index value is 100, the typical home buyer (based on the current median resale price and household income) would be able to afford a median-priced home at the stated effective interest rate.  A lower index value indicates less availability of affordable single-family homes.

 

The affordability index for the areas selected for study shows significant reduction in the availability of that this type of housing within the means of the ordinary consumer.  Whether this data can be used as a reliable indicator for other groups and other types of housing is arguable, but it does beg the question “how much longer will the market be able to sustain a situation where both sellers and buyers can apparently benefit by getting involved in the market?

 

The short answer is that these conditions can remain so long as they are supported by the market. 

 

So when we take a long look at the larger picture we must ask ourselves whether we can realistically expect to realize more potential gain or value now or at some time in the future and it is very reasonable to conclude that the best possible time to buy or sell Arizona really is now.

History

This area was inhabited by Native Americans some 4,000 years ago.  White settlement began with a small band of farmers who established ranches for the raising of horses and livestock while others chose to selection of crops, which included pecans, citrus, cotton, and a variety of vegetables that could be grown there.

The first settlement was called Rittenhouse after one of the first settling families.   The early railroad included the town as a brief stop, at Rittenhouse and Ellsworth roads, for those who would continue on to Phoenix. The train stop is gone, but the legacy of those early days of railroading lives on in the things that have stayed behind.

The name Queen Creek came from the Queen Creek Wash, which received its name from the Silver Queen Mine.  Mining is what brought most settlers to the smaller southwestern towns and Queen Creek was no exception.  The Silver Queen Mine was located in the nearby town of Superior, but it was close enough s that mining operations helped benefit Queen Creek, too. 

In 1989, Queen Creek was incorporated. Queen Creek experienced a short growth spurt in the 1920's, when immigrants from Mexico arrived to pick the local cotton.   Soon after the town's incorporation Williams Gateway Airport was opened. Business as lager as General Motors have decided to conduct operations here.  Desert Proving Grounds have come to Queen Creek to seek their success. 

Queen Creek Outdoor Recreation

Almost the entire southwest is steeped in history.  Most of the earliest history remains shrouded in a certain degree of mystery because so little of the evidence remains to tell us about these earlier times.  But there are often many relics from the time of the arrival of the European settlers

The Queen Creek Wash, after which the town was named, is being preserved as a historical location.   This wash winds its way through Queen Creek.  Together the Queen Creek Wash and the Sanokai Wash provide residents with public trails and open space.  These areas provide more that scenic beauty and an area for exercise, though; as they also serve as habitats form many rare and wonderful species of wildlife that only someone who treads the trails can ever hope to catch a glimpse of.

Those who enjoy hiking, biking, and horseback trail riding will also feel right at home there.  There is a spacious Community Center; and the many local parks, and schools provide ball fields and playgrounds for children.  Several golf courses are also located close by.  However, some people take a simple approach to sampling the outdoors.  A lounge chair on their patio to watch a nightly sunset is an event that no one should miss. 

Queen Creek Entertainment

There a variety of “down-home” events held here for those who enjoy folk art and crafts. The primary venue for exhibits and events is the Schnepf Farms.  This 60 year old, 300 acre working farm hosts some of the area’s most delightful events...  The Pumpkin and Chili Festival is just one example of the type of gathering popular here.  SO if this sounds like your kind of place then you simply must stop by for a visit.  Stay awhile if you like!

Queen Creek residents have the benefits of small town living, combined with the natural beauty of the desert that surrounds Queen Creek.  It is the perfect town to call home.

Events Calendar
Peach Festival May
Potato Festival 
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party September

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Prescott

Prescott is in central Arizona amid the largest stand of

Ponderosa Pine in the world. The community is 96 miles northwest

of Phoenix and 90 miles southwest of Flagstaff at an elevation

of 5,400 feet. Prescott was established in 1864, incorporated

in 1881, and is the Yavapai County seat. The city is named

in honor of William Hickling Prescott, a noted historian.

 

Since Prescott's founding as the first Territorial Capital of

Arizona and the establishment of nearby Fort Whipple, government

has been a dominant sector in Prescott's economy.

Prescott is the headquarters of the Prescott National Forest with

an annual payroll of nearly $5 million. Other major government

employers are: Arizona Department of Transportation, the

Veterans Administration Center of Fort Whipple, Yavapai

County, the City of Prescott and the Prescott Public Schools.

 

The fastest growing sector of the Prescott-area economy is manufacturing.

Caradon Better-Bilt employs approximately 530, and

other plants in the area are Sturm-Ruger, Quality Plastics of

Prescott Inc., Ace Hardware Inc. (regional distribution center),

and Printpack Inc.

 

Cattle and sheep ranching are the main agricultural activities

with grazing lands in the Prescott National Forest under paid

permit, as well as on privately owned land. The Arizona Crop

and Livestock Reporting Service indicates 50,000 head

of cattle in Yavapai County.

 

Mining activity is significant in the Prescott area. Cyprus-Bagdad

Corporation maintains a large open-pit copper mine, concentrator

and electrolytic refinery in Bagdad, 66 miles west of Prescott.

Thirty church-affiliated camps and one private summer camp,

Friendly Pines, are very significant to the Prescott economy.

 

Prescott is rich in historic and scenic attractions. Sharlot Hall

Museum and the Smoky Museum contain an array of pioneer

and Indian artifacts, which provide the real flavor of the Old West

and preserve the Southwest Indian culture.

 

Nearby recreational opportunities include: Thumb Butte,

Prescott's outstanding landmark; scenic drives, such as the

Senator Highway, and the Prescott National Forest, which contains

more than 1.2 million acres of land. A number of lakes are

within the immediate vicinity, including Lynx, Granite Basin,

Watson and Goldwater. Major annual events include Territorial

Days, Bluegrass Festival, and All-Indian Pow Wow in June; the

Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo and Celebration held over the

Fourth of July; the George Phippen Art Show on Memorial Day

weekend; the County Fair and the Faire on the Square in

September; and the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting

in December.

Posted in Explore Arizona
Dec. 4, 2020

Raven Site Indian Ruins

Raven Site Indian Ruins is located about 13 miles north of Springerville.  Head out of Springerville north on Interstate 60.  Then take Interstate 180/191 north again near Richville.  Turn right onto Tucson Electric Power Plant Road.  Head half a mile down the gravel road to the research center.  The Raven Site Ruin consists of two pueblos with 800 rooms and two kivas.  The site is on a 5 acre piece that overlooks the Little Colorado River.  You can participate in guided hiking tours of the petroglyphs and other sites.  The tour also includes visits to the laboratory, museum, library and excavation areas. 

The Site is open daily 9:30 to 5:00 pm. from May 1 to mid-October.  The guided tours of Raven Site are held daily at 11, 2 and 4:00 pm.  The site tour is $3.50, but for those ages over 62 and ages 12-17 the cost is $2.50.  The self guided tour is $4.00, but for those ages over 62 and ages 12-17 the cost is $3.00.  If you would like to participate in a one day excavation which includes lunch the cost is $59.00 and those 9-17 it is $37.00.  The site requires reservations for guided tours and excavation programs.  Please contact White Mountain Archaeological Center, HC 30, Box 30, St. John’s, AZ 85936 or call 520-333-5857.  This site has so much for everyone to see and learn.

 

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