The Prescott area is known for its milder temperatures, beautifully scenic mountains, small hidden lakes and rolling granite dells. With such varied terrain, Prescott, Arizona hiking trails range from easy lakeside loops to craggy mountain ascents topped by hundred mile views. This area is hike-able almost year round – excepting a few 100-degree-summer or snow-crusted-winter days.

Scroll down to explore Prescott area hikes by difficulty. Click hike names for full details.

Easy Prescott Area Hikes


A landscape view of boulders and pools of water on the Aqua Fria River, in Aqua Fria National Monument, off the Badger Springs Hiking Trail, near Bumblebee, Arizona. Phoenix area hiking trails. Easy Arizona Hiking trails. Family friendly hiking trails. Dog friendly hiking trails. Copyright No use without permission.★★★★☆Badger Springs Hiking Trail / East of Prescott / 0.8 miles

Have a blast exploring hieroglyphs and creekside boulders on this family friendly hike. The trail follows a short ravine to shimmering pools and an endless jumble of boulders on the banks of the Aqua Fria River.


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Meander across flower filled meadows and open grassland. This segment of the Black Canyon Hiking Trail winds through central AZ’s gently undulating hills, ranch lands and along the edge of a deep mountain valley.


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Escape life’s hustle and bustle on this pretty lakeside hike. Tucked into an intimate mountain valley, scenic Lynx Lake stays cool all year. The level pathway is paved half-way around, making it an easy hike for everyone.


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Explore rolling Granite Dells, hidden coves and a waterfall on this stunning loop hike. A series of mile-long trail sections circle Prescott’s largest lake. Each with surprises with a unique characteristics.


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Opt to explore the rambunctious stone dells or mellow grassy banks of beautiful Willow Lake. Billowing boulders and mini-canyons flank the eastern shore. While broad reed lined banks flank the west.


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This easy ridge line hike is loaded with insanely good red rock views. Pretty sweet for a very little up or downhills!

Moderate Prescott Area Hikes


Landscape view from top of Mount Union; from the Dandrea and Yankee Doodle Hiking Trails; Mountain tops; Prescott Mountains; Pine Trees; Prescott; Arizona; Moderate Hiking Trails; Central Arizona Hiking Trails. Copyright No use without permission.★★★☆☆ Dandrea Hiking Trail to Mt. Union / Potato Patch / 2.1 miles

Make a beeline to the Bradshaw Mountains highest peak, on this shady, woodland trail. The Dandrea, then Yankee Doodle, Trails ascend the northern side of Mount Union and pay off with stunning southwards views.


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Mild mountain temperatures and far-flung Prescott & Chino valleys views make this a perfect weekend hike. Tucked into Prescott National Forest, this trail has minimal crowds, pine-lined paths, a cool lake and incredible views.


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It’s hard not to shed a tear on this hike memorializing AZ’s 19 fallen Hotshots. Plaques pay tribute to each hero as the trail winds through the mountains to the spot where these firefighters lost their lives to the wildfire.


View of the Chino Valley from the top of the Groom Creek Hiking Trail; Prescott; Arizona; Prescott National Forest; Spruce Mountain; Moderate Hiking Trails; Pet Friendly Hiking Trails. Copyright No use without permission.★★★☆☆ Groom Creek Hiking Trail Loop / Prescott / 9 mile loop

This shady Pine & Oak lined trail meanders up, then down, Spruce Mountain. From the mountaintop watchtower there are stunning 360° views of Granite Mountain, the Chino Valley and Prescott National Forest.


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Pretty, paved, petite and with phenomenal views this loop hike, ascends Prescott’s defining landmark to gorgeous area views. Throw in a picnic in this lovely park, and you have the makings of an perfect day outdoors.