PRESCOTT RODEO GROUNDS - Open Space and future trails
In June 2007 the City of Prescott and Yavapai County completed negotiations to exchange the 38 acres of the Gail Gardner Way/Fair Street rodeo grounds for county full ownership of the 170-acre parcel that the county and city jointly owned near the intersection of Prescott Lakes Parkway and Sundog Ranch Road.
One part of the trade was the purchase of 4+ acres of rocky land to be dedicated as open space and purchased using the Open Space funds. Walt Anderson, Ron Smith, Tom Pettit and Jim Lawrence explored the 4+ acres to evaluate the value to the city of this open space opportunity in the heart of Prescott.
The rock outcroppings which are about 100 feet above the rodeo ground buildings and several hundred feet above the valley floor provide a 360 degree panorama of Prescott, Thumb Butte, “P” Mountain, and Granite Mountain. Unknown to many the “rock pile” is one of the few remaining examples of vintage geology in Prescott and is similar in elevation and terrain to “Dalke” before its development.
A trail is possible from the North to the views at the top. It is unlikely to ever be "handicap accessible" but could be constructed to be similar to steeper portions of the Thumb Butte trail.
There are several active "homeless" sites and the whole area needs to be cleaned and excess growth thinned. A possible project for OSA?
For more information, contact The City of Prescott –
Trails and Open Space Division, Parks, Recreation, and Library Department
at (928) 777-1560
Rodeo Grounds Pictures