We've hit a jackpot of a place to stay too: Point of Rocks RV Campground is a full hookup park nestled against giant granite boulders, with a short trail to lovely Watson Lake. This area at the North end of Prescott is known as the Granite Dells and contains miles of trails among the granite boulders including the pleasant Peavine Rail-Trail.
Of course our first day here we hiked the Watson Lake Loop trail right from our campsite. The City of Prescott has done a great job of creating, signing, and maintaining approximately 50 miles of trails throughout the city and this one is a beauty. Free city trail maps are available at several kiosks around Watson Lake.
The North end of this man-made lake is a wonderland of boulders. The trail takes you through acres of granite oddities, grippy hiking shoes are recommended. The South West portion of the trail goes through Watson Woods, a beautiful, green riparian preserve. This hike was about 6 miles, including a couple of offshoots for great views.
|At the North end of Watson Lake the trail winds over and through an impressive granite boulder field.|
The trail will take us behind the dam...
|Water released from the dam provides a pretty waterfall and riparian area.|
|A pig head?|
|The trail took us through this massive granite boulder field.|
You can see the only people we met on the trail below. dwarfed by the landscape.
On our second day in Prescott we drove a few miles South of town to hike the 9 mile Groom Creek Loop (trail 307). This trail takes you through pine, oak and juniper woods up to the Spruce Mountain fire lookout. We were fortunate that fire season had just begun and the resident ranger invited us into her tower to admire the views and learn a bit about her job watching for the first signs of fire in this extremely dry wooded country.
|Spruce Mountain fire lookout.|
|Ranger Susie had these beauties as her constant companions.|
|Here we are behind the fire triangulating compass.|
|Hans hugs one of the enormous alligator junipers we saw throughout the forest.|
Back at camp we enjoy an evening walk on the boulders behind our site.
|Rosie LOVES exploring on the rocks...during the day the lizards are active targets!|