A wonderful aspect of living in Talking Rock is it’s the perfect travel destination for friends and family. But where are the top spots to take them during their stay? We’ve gathered a list of our favorite places, from which you’re sure to find some entertaining options for all ages. Put on your walking shoes, pack up the cooler and hit the road! Or simply spend the day at Talking Rock enjoying everything it has to offer.
Places to visit:
One of the most popular hiking trails within the Prescott National Forest — it climbs to a ridge with panoramic views of nearby mountains. Signs identifying vegetation along the way make it an informative trek. Travel west on Gurley Street for 3.4 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area.
A scenic 55-acre lake with fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding and bird watching. This beautiful area is mostly wheelchair and stroller accessible but be cautious of a few steeper sections. Just a few miles from Prescott, turn south on Walker Road and follow the signs to Lynx Lake.
Your guests will love the historic plaza with statues, grassy areas, special events and all the surrounding restaurants and shopping. Gold miners, gamblers, ranchers and townsfolk frequented Whiskey Row next door for a meal, a drink and often, a round of poker. It’s the main hub of activities in Prescott. 120 S. Cortez St., Prescott.
A great place to spend the day, with education and entertainment for all ages. Situated on 10 acres overlooking Willow Lake, there’s the opportunity for up-close experiences with animals, a picnic pavilion and a playground. Designed for the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott.
Open daily, there are tons of activities for all ages, from picking produce to playing in the park to petting farm animals. Don’t forget to stop by Mortimer’s Country Store to take home quality produce. 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey, Arizona.
Entertainment and Dining
A visit to Whiskey Row is like walking back in time to the wild west days when cowboys, prospectors, gamblers and famous outlaws ended the day at the saloons. Today Prescott celebrates that history, plus there’s a wide variety of restaurants, art galleries and unique shops that keep the place hopping. Montezuma Street in downtown Prescott.
Friendly local tavern with house-brewed beers and a selection of pub grub and appetizers. Wide variety of made-from-scratch food with traditional burgers, pizzas and sandwiches, plus vegetarian choices. Overlooks Courthouse Plaza. 130 W. Gurley St., Prescott.
Historic restaurant and saloon with steakhouse food, a dinner theater and period costumes. It boasts a wild history of political events and was a place where mineral claims were bought and sold at the bar. Extensive renovations over the years have been made due to the 1900 Whiskey Row fire, but it still maintains its roots. Famous patrons included Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers. 120 S. Montezuma St., Prescott.
Arcade, climbing wall, laser tag, bowling—great for kids and the kid in you. Perfect for birthday parties, holiday events and more with delicious food and creative cocktails for the adults. You’re never too old for games! 2992 N. Park Ave. Suite A, Prescott Valley
Things to do at Talking Rock
You don’t have to wander far from Talking Rock to spend a lazy afternoon fishing with kids and grandkids. Nearby amenities make it the perfect place to spend the day.
Enjoy a little competition or just play for fun at Talking Rock’s pickleball courts, open year-round. For your convenience, all the equipment is available from the Attendants Desk in the Fitness Barn.
Let the kids run off some steam at the nearby playground, enjoyable during most of the year due to Prescott’s mild climate.
You and your guests can play year-round bocce ball on the Talking Rock courts. Nearly anyone can master the ancient sport. It’s a good way to work up an appetite and head to the Ranch House or Morgan’s Bar and Grill for some lunch or dinner.
The Talking Rock pool takes center stage in the summer with fitness classes, lap swimming or just relaxing and playing in different sections of the pool. Water exercise is good for body and soul!
Jake’s Corner welcomes all four-legged friends to play and socialize right at Talking Rock. Yappy Hour is underway and a great way to make new friends
Grab your racquet and a friend, and head over to the Talking Rock tennis courts for a match or even a quick rally. The courts are open year-round.
Last, but certainly not least, your golfing visitors will not believe the top-notch Jay Morrish Championship Golf Course, driving range or our new putting and practice facility Silent Moon Park. All levels/ages will enjoy the course and putting and chipping areas. Fantastic views and great weather. Score!
Enjoy spending quality time with friends and family in and around Prescott.
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 home sites and new customized homes, whether you want to live on the golf course or adjacent to Arizona State Trust Land. Home sites are ½ to 10-acres in size, and ready-to-move-in homes are also available.