Why would someone be interested in living in Prescott, Arizona? Well, for one thing the town is known for being one of the top 5 western towns in the USA. Prescott has a rich cowboy history with cattle ranchers and has claimed to have the World’s Oldest Rodeo. Back in the day the cowboys would come into town to enjoy what is known today as Whiskey Row, so it needed some law and order from time to time and had famous lawmen such as Wyatt and Virgil Earp, and Doc Holiday.
Prescott was the territorial capital of the Arizona territory from 1864 to 1867 then the capital moved to Tucson from 1867-1877 but returned to Prescott until 1889 when it was permanently moved to Phoenix.
Prescott lies at a nice elevation at 5,367 ft and is conveniently located an hour and half drive from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, and Flagstaff. Unlike Phoenix, Prescott has four mild seasons which makes the temperatures ideal. The mild temperatures are great for many outdoor activities especially equine activities. There are miles and miles of trails for day riding and are great for a couple of riders or a group and there are different trails for all level of riders. Summer and Fall are the perfect time to take a ride on one of the many forest trails. There are trails that climb above 6,500 feet and you might need a light jacket, or you might what to take a trail ride around one of the five local lakes all of which are within a 15-minute drive from downtown Prescott. Wintertime is a fun time to take a “snow” ride and enjoy the quiet of the forest or ride one of the sunnier trails around Granite Mountain or on one of the many National Forest Trails or State Land where you may encounter an antelope herd or deer. You can also enjoy group equine activities where you can head over to Chino Valley Equestrian Park where there are different clinics or open riding going on.
There are two private, gated equine communities located in Prescott. American Ranch is the premier equine community of northern Arizona. They offer a large, covered arena, outdoor dressage arena, a round pen, a hot walker, wash racks with cold and hot water, stalls with paddocks, several turnouts, an obstacle course, and riding trails within the community plus a trail leading out to the National Forest where you can ride for miles. American Ranch also offers additional Ranch Hand services.
There are other dressage and western training barns in Prescott and surrounding areas. If you’re looking to start a colt, or learn to rope or work with cattle, you may want to contact Roberto Estrada. He is a true cowboy and is a third-generation trainer in Prescott who comes highly recommended by his clients.
Once you’ve experienced Prescott and all it has to offer, I guarantee you will fall in love like so many others have. If you’re looking for a great horse community with miles of trails and equine activity with year-round mild weather and a small-town Old West flavor than Prescott is for you so come and experience with me.
Real Estate has been my only career and I have loved all 39 years of it! I am a born and raised Arizona native who grew up in the valley showing quarter horses starting at a young age. My grandfather bred Palomino quarter horses and was involved in many aspects of the horse world in including judging. He was also the President of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association and President of the Sheriff’s Posse. I also learned and admired my grandfather’s passion for sharing his prize horses with the Gompers organization for special needs children.
Whether you are looking for an equine property or single-family home in Prescott or the surrounding areas please let me know, I would love to show you our beautiful area!