Cowboys fit right in on the streets of Prescott. The town, which became the territorial capital in 1864, is home to one of two rodeos claiming to be the oldest in the world (the other is in Payson), several Western museums and the 20th Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, which continues today at Sharlot Hall Museum and other locations in Prescott.
Cowboys fit right in on the streets of Prescott.
The town, which became the territorial capital in 1864, is home to one of two rodeos claiming to be the oldest in the world (the other is in Payson), several Western museums and the 20th Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, which continues today at Sharlot Hall Museum and other locations in Prescott.
The courthouse, gazebo and turn-of-the-century architecture can take you back to a time when Prescott was the most influential town in Arizona. While you’re there, check out the sites around Courthouse Plaza, which is anchored by the neo-classical Yavapai County Courthouse. All, with the exception of the Phippen Museum, are within walking distance:
Sharlot Hall Museum documents the history of Prescott and Arizona’s territorial past. Take a break from the gathering and explore the museum’s exhibits, which include the old governor’s mansion, several restored period buildings and a rose garden honoring Arizona’s famous women.
Details: Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5. (928) 445-3122.
Whiskey Row was home to more than 20 saloons and bordellos during Prescott’s zenith as the richest town in the Southwest. Today this stretch of Montezuma Street is home to several restaurants, bars and shops.
Details: West side of Courthouse Plaza.
Victorian Homes on tree-lined streets are just a few steps away from Courthouse Plaza. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce organizes a walking tour led by docents from Sharlot Hall Museum 10 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re not up for an organized group outing, maps of the tour are available at the Visitor’s Center for $1.
Details: Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 117 W. Goodwin St. Suggested donation $1. (928) 445-2000. www.prescott.org.
The Phippen Museum celebrates the art of the American West. Named for the first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, the museum houses a permanent collection of works by artists living in the West. Visitors can see “Western Art the Cowboy Way,” an exhibit featuring the works of Bill Nebeker and Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, through Oct. 28.
Details: Phippen Museum, 4701 Highway 89 North, Prescott. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. $5 adults, $4 seniors and students. (928) 778-1385.