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October 22nd Weekend - Hiking, Activities, Not-to-Miss, etc.

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October 22nd Weekend - Hiking, Activities, Not-to-Miss, etc.

Will have Friday from 3 pm until Sunday at 4 pm from PHX. Been to Sedona and Scottsdale several times before and love both - but I keep hearing about Prescott. I'm going solo, and am a young 60 (really, it's the new...) My priorities for this trip are moderate++ hiking (at least 8 miles Sat, 5 on Sun.), rock formations, fall color, photo opp's. Jeep tours/guided hikes or architecture/history tours would be a huge plus. I've reserved the Forest Villas which seems to suit me - edge of town, balcony overlooking open space. Any resources you can suggest for ideas? I posted in the AZ forum and RedRox suggested I post here as well - AZ Fan also gave me very useful info. Thanks.

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1. Re: October 22nd Weekend - Hiking, Activities, Not-to-Miss, etc.

Prescott is a nice little town. I have never stayed overnight, but have been there on a few day trips and done some hikes in the area. Wish I was familiar enough with the area to name the trails, but I'm afraid that's not the case. Perhaps you would find this site useful: http://hikearizona.com/

For history, the downtown area is nice and you will find some pleasant eateries in the area, particularly in the blocks surrounding the courthouse plaza area.

Not too far from Prescott is the town of Jerome which is great for the history buff. The Jerome state park is reopening (after a hiatus due to budget cuts) this month, just in time for your visit. Jerome is an old mining town and now experiencing a second life as an artists' community. The museum website can be found at http://azstateparks.com/Parks/JERO/index.html

Enjoy your visit!

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