April 15, 2020
Why Prescott Calls To Cyclists
The temperatures are just right. The trails are seemingly endless. And the terrain is diverse enough for every level of ability.
It’s obvious why cycling has a special place in Prescott.
The sport is practically part of the area’s culture, blending in nicely with the legends of the old west, the spirit of Whiskey Row and the unbeatable landscape woven throughout. After all, a cyclist takes certain risks, craves the outdoors and appreciates open space for the gift that it is – which sounds vaguely familiar to the same energy that is found at Talking Rock.
In Prescott, cyclists find a vibrant community, where newcomers are welcomed and lasting friendships are born from a shared love of grinding out a trail that rewards riders with incredible views and picturesque surroundings. Hundreds of miles of trails traverse through and near the Prescott area, including the city’s impressive Circle Trail, a 54-mile loop with 15 access points.
With a high-desert breeze, and mild temperatures year-round, Prescott is one of those dreamy meccas for cyclists, whether their preference is trail or road. Thousands converge on Prescott every spring for the popular Whiskey Row Off-Road race, and cyclists in smaller herds explore the trails near Granite Dells or along Granite and Miller Creeks.
And those spots just scratch the surface. As a bonus, there is no shortage of bike shops throughout Prescott, and at least one includes a taproom for that sought-after, post-ride brew.
Cycling is one way to see Prescott essentially from the inside, out. The sport provides backcountry views of places that can’t be experienced any other way. At least, not with the same level of adrenaline.