Prescott Valley is a magnificent small city in the heart of Arizona, sandwiched between two national forests. This incredible community is a little more than an hour's drive north of Phoenix, one of the biggest cities in Arizona.
Although Prescott Valley has technically been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous people like the ancient Patayan people, it was not formally settled until the discovery of gold by the Walker Party in the nearby Lynx Creek in 1863. For the next 100 years, Prescott Valley was merely a small-town ranching community with very few people. It wasn’t until 1973 that the town would finally incorporate and begin to rapidly grow. Prescott Valley has now surpassed nearby Prescott as one of the largest towns in Yavapai County and is one of the fastest growing towns in the entire southwestern United States.
You can book an RV in Prescott Valley for a variety of reasons, but its potential for adventure is unequivocally the biggest draw to this hidden gem. The mountains of northern Arizona and the cast desert landscapes are enchanting, to say the least, and quite easy to explore when you pick up your Prescott Valley motorhome rental and set off for the farthest corners of the state in search of blissful memories and unparalleled natural beauty.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
You would be hard pressed to find a more ideal place to rent an RV than Prescott Valley, considering the abundance of parks, recreation areas, and forests within a half an hour's drive of town. Lake Pleasant Regional Park is as good a place as any to start off your Prescott Valley RV rental trip on the right foot. The park revolves around the waters of Lake Pleasant, a large reservoir that supplies the Phoenix metro area with water. There are over 20,000 acres of water, lakeshore, high desert, and hiking trails around the lake that you can traverse. Mountain biking, hiking, boating, and fishing in the lake are wonderful ways to get your fill of fun while visiting the park in your Prescott Valley travel trailer rental, and there are numerous lakefront camping sites available too.
Prescott National Forest shares its name with Prescott Valley and is one of the two nearby national forests that surround the town. There are eight wilderness areas and a bevy of campgrounds where you can camp in the mountains of Prescott National Forest if you feel like staying a few nights in your Prescott Valley camper rental. Horseback riding, off-roading, mountain biking, and hiking are the most popular ways to get around the forest, and there are plenty of high mountain lakes to swim in if the heat is too much to handle. Coconino National Forest is the other sprawling nature area to the east of Prescott Valley, with nearly two million acres of pristine landscapes. The park has nearly everything you could imagine, with towering mountain peaks, high desert, alpine lakes, pine forests, and ancient volcanoes. There are ten sprawling wilderness areas to trek through and lots of mountains to hike, like the San Francisco Peaks, the eroded remains of a decimated volcano.
Perhaps one of, if not the most, famous parks in the country, Grand Canyon National Park is an epic testament to the sheer power and beauty of nature. People come from all over the globe to witness the sun pouring its golden rays over the steep canyon walls of the park, gazing out into the gaping chasm in the Earth caused by millions of years of erosion. You can climb down to the canyon floor and white-water raft on the raging Colorado River or climb some of the park’s rock faces and features. There is no limit to what you can see at this stunning national park and it is definitely worth staying a few extra nights to camp out when you rent an RV and head to the Grand Canyon.
Where to Park It
If you rent an RV in Prescott Valley, you'll probably need a place to park it while you camp overnight. Luckily, there are a few options in the area. Willow Lake RV Park has beautiful views and lakefront camping on the shores of a small lake. You can swim, bicycle, hike, and shop at the convenience store on site.
Fairgrounds RV Park is north of Prescott Valley and home to the Yavapai County Fair. This campground is open all year round, although being there for the fair is an awesome idea if you like thrilling rides, great southwestern food, and live music.
Orchard Ranch Resort is a community for people 55 and over. There is a swimming pool along with many other features that you can take advantage of during your stay, and several golf courses and casinos not too far from the park. You could also head off into the mountains of Prescott National Forest and stay in any one of the many campgrounds in the wilderness.
Prescott Valley doesn't have a whole lot of attractions to see. However, the city itself is quite fun to explore, with well laid out streets dotted with amazing restaurants and trendy boutiques. The Prescott Valley Event Center is one of the town’s premier facilities and hosts hockey games, soccer matches, concerts, and other large exhibitions. The venue is constantly featuring events and traveling conventions.
Prescott might be the smaller of the two towns but it has more to offer as far as city activities go. The Phippen Museum is a celebration of the American West, with artifacts, indigenous artwork, and lots of other information regarding the culture. Sharlot Hall Museum is a cultural center with a focus on education. There is a lot to be learned about the natural environment of Arizona as well as the native people that have lived there for thousands of years.
Heritage Park Zoo is a phenomenal place to spend the day, particularly if you are traveling with young ones. Children and families absolutely adore this zoo sanctuary, which focuses much more on rehabilitation and conservation than other conventional zoos.