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Popular amenities for Prescott vacation rentals

Stay near Prescott's top sights

Courthouse Plaza64 locals recommend
Watson Lake Park171 locals recommend
Hassayampa Inn14 locals recommend
Prescott Resort & Conference Center5 locals recommend
Groome Transportation6 locals recommend
Watson Lake140 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Prescott

  • Total rentals

    740 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    49K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    460 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    320 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

Your guide to Prescott

All About Prescott

Prescott is a genteel frontier town with grit. This city is proud of its Western heritage: Lawmen Virgil Earp and Doc Holliday, both lived here prior to their famous shoot-out at the OK Corral, and Prescott has lovingly preserved a number of saloons, hotels, and other historic buildings that lend the city a distinct cowboy vibe. But Prescott isn’t a Western movie set — you’ll also find elegant Victorian homes, two colleges, and a robust punk music scene. The town is cradled by the 1.25 million acres of Prescott National Forest, where hiking, rock climbing, and hang gliding thrive. Like Prescott, the forest is multifaceted, offering both classic desert landscapes and pine-forested mountains.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Prescott

At an elevation of 5,400 feet, Prescott enjoys a cooler climate than much of Arizona. June through August are still hot, with temperatures in the mid to high 80s Fahrenheit. September and October, as well as April and May, offer more moderate temperatures ranging from the high 60s to low 80s. From November through March you can expect temperatures in the 50s. During the summer, Prescott experiences a monsoon season, with the most rain falling in July and August, and flash floods can occur. Pay close attention to the weather and plan accordingly — you will probably need layers and possibly rain gear.

Top things to do in Prescott

Prescott National Forest

The desert meets the mountains in Prescott National Forest, where a Sonoran landscape of cactus, yucca, and juniper gives way to mountains enrobed in ponderosa pine. Equestrians, mountain bikers, and off-roaders flock to the park for its 450 miles of trails, but perhaps the biggest draw is Lynx Lake. The 55-acre, pine-ringed shoreline attracts fishermen, boaters, and birdwatchers looking for a mountain getaway. Rental boats are available at the Lynx Lake Store and Marina, which also runs a cute, cabin-esque cafe where you can snag avocado toast and Micheladas made with Arizona brews.

Whiskey Row

In 1900 a devastating fire destroyed downtown Prescott’s notorious Whiskey Row, so dubbed for the plethora of saloons lining the street. Legend holds that cowboys yanked a 24-foot-long oak bar from the Palace Saloon and finished their drinks across the street as they watched the wooden buildings burn. This unflappable spirit (and thirst) is undoubtedly what inspired the town to rebuild, and a new Palace Saloon — made of brick — opened in 1901, alongside a number of other resurrected establishments. You can still enjoy a whiskey at the Palace, which is the state’s oldest continuously operating business. Whiskey Row retains its name and Western style, but many of the former watering holes have since been remade into art galleries.

Sharlot Hall Museum

This museum’s namesake is a woman who was fiercely independent for her times. Sharlot Hall, born in 1870, criss-crossed the region soliciting signatures to admit Arizona to the Union as its own state rather than combine it with New Mexico. Determined to preserve Arizona history, she founded her museum in 1928. Her unique vision included acquiring significant buildings and moving them onto the museum grounds. Here you can visit 11 historical structures, including a 1864 log cabin that was once the Governor’s Mansion and the evocatively named Fort Misery, the oldest surviving cabin in Arizona.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Prescott?

    Prescott experiences a mild climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm with temperatures reaching up to 90°F (32°C), while winters are relatively chilly and can drop to around 25°F (-4°C). The city gets ample sunshine throughout the year and occasional snowfall during winter.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Prescott?

    Visitors to Prescott frequently enjoy exploring the historic downtown area, hiking in the Prescott National Forest, and visiting the Sharlot Hall Museum. The city is also home to several art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants that offer a diverse range of cuisines.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Prescott?

    Prescott is often recommended for a visit in the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is warm and several events take place. Some local favorites include the Prescott Frontier Days, World's Oldest Rodeo in late June, and the Prescott Bluegrass Festival in mid-June.

  • What are the best places to stay in Prescott?

    Popular areas to stay in Prescott include the historic downtown area, known for its charming Old West architecture, and the Prescott Lakes neighborhood, which features scenic lake views. Other options include the Forest Trails area, nestled among beautiful pine trees.

  • What are the best places to visit in Prescott?

    Notable places to explore in Prescott include the Prescott Courthouse Plaza, a lively square with shops and restaurants; the Sharlot Hall Museum, showcasing local history; and the Whiskey Row, known for its historic buildings. Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy the Lynx Lake Recreation Area.

  • What are some hiking trails in Prescott?

    Prescott has an extensive network of hiking trails. Some favorites include the Thumb Butte Trail, a 2-mile (3.2 km) trail offering city views, and the Watson Lake Loop, a 4.8-mile (7.7 km) trail around a stunning lake. The Peavine Trail is also quite popular, tracing the former railroad route.

  • What are some family activities to do in Prescott?

    Families visiting Prescott can enjoy the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, featuring a variety of animals, or visit the Discovery Gardens with its interactive exhibits. Picnics at Goldwater Lake, fishing at Lynx Lake, and horseback riding at various stables around the city are also popular.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Prescott?

    Day trip ideas from Prescott often include a visit to the historic mining town of Jerome, a scenic drive to Sedona's renowned red rock formations, or exploring the ancient cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument. All these locations are within a 2-hour drive.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Prescott?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 400 vacation rentals in Prescott featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Prescott?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Prescott. Choose from more than 320 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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