With mild winter temperatures and just a dusting of snow each year, Prescott is a gorgeous place to be during the winter. The city, at a mile-high elevation, averages a gentle snowfall of about 13 inches the entire year. Prescott is the ideal winter playground. Expect average high and low temperatures of 55 and 22 nearly all winter. Golf at Talking Rock is year-round, with an occasional half-day course closure if a bit of snow has fallen. For those in Prescott looking to play in deeper snow to ski, sled or snowshoe, there are four fantastic nearby options in Flagstaff and Williams, Arizona.
Snowbowl is the most-popular snow destination in Arizona, boasting great skiing, snowboarding and areas for sledding and play. Eat lunch in the lodge or stay overnight in a cabin in the park’s on-site lodging. Check the website link above for more information.
A two-hour drive from Talking Rock.
Location: 9300 N. Snowbowl Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.
Admission: Lift tickets vary by the day of the week. Check website link above for details.
Flagstaff Snow Park
Within Fort Tuthill Park, Flagstaff Snow Park offers groomed tubing runs, a designated kiddie hill and plenty of areas to play in the snow. Build a snowman or grab a bite to eat and a warm drink from the food vendors. Firepits with marshmallow-roasting kits are a favorite!
Location: Within Fort Tuthill Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ 86005.
Admission: $10-$15 for a day pass. See park website link for more information.
Fort Tuthill Park
A few miles south of Flagstaff, Fort Tuthill Park is a winter wonderland during snowy season. This large park offers plenty of room for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and fun in the snow.
A 90-minute drive from Talking Rock!
Location: 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ 86005.
Oak Hill Snow Play Area
A 1950s alpine ski area, Oak Hill is great for sledding with two runs, one for beginners and a longer one for those ready for a thrill.
Location: About 10 miles east of Williams on Historic Route 66. A parking area for 20 cars is just off Historic Route 66. From Williams, go about 8 miles east on Interstate 40 and take Exit 171, Pitman Valley. Then turn left to cross over the freeway and immediately turn right (east) onto Historic Route 66. The snow play area is about 2 miles on your right (watch for signs).
We relish Prescott’s four mild seasons but also love exploring fun in heavier snow in these spots nearby.
If you love Prescott but like your independence visit Talking Rock talkingrockaz.com.
Thirty minutes from downtown Prescott, this private guard-gated, master-planned community offers a variety of homesites and new customized homes, whether you want to live on the golf course or adjacent to Arizona State Trust Land. Homesites are one-half to 10 acres in size. Ready-to-move-in homes also are available.