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Facts and Information – Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Arizona is located about 45 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona. The drive from Sky Harbor International Airport takes approximately one hour depending on traffic and the time of day you arrive. Prescott is a historic town filled with activities. Sedona, Flagstaff, Jerome and the Grand Canyon are all easily accessible to the town of Prescott. If you are coming from out of state, plan to rent a car and try to extend your time in Arizona to include these beautiful, nationally recognized places of interest.downtown-prescott1

Remember that all of Arizona is extremely dry. Take plenty of water in the car with you and slather yourself with sunscreen and wear a hat every time you plan to be outside. There is no dress code for the class, but plan to wear long pants on dig day. We will supply you with water, coffee and snacks but lunches will be on your own. We do supply some knee pads but many students prefer to bring their own. All other equipment will be provided. The goal of the class is to learn good habits in a low-key, fun environment.

From the Chamber of Commerce for Prescott Arizona

Visit Prescott, Arizona! Nestled at an elevation of 5,200′ feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife.

Here you’ll find many things to do including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, shopping, and a hometown feel that keep our visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.

Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world famous Whiskey Row and abundant historical landmarks. Whether you’re seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife, or the history of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and cowboy forays in the most famous saloons of the Old West, check out the True West and Real Adventure.

From the National Park Service, Grand Canyon page


Grand Canyon National Park encompasses canyons, river tributaries, and surrounding grounds. The Grand Canyon is situated in Arizona’s northwestern quadrant. With five million visitors making the trip to the canyon each year, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. In addition, the park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

From the City of Sedona information page


Located two hours north of Phoenix, and 30 miles south of the Flagstaff peaks, Sedona’s mild four-season climate and high desert terrain assure good year-round weather for vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts. Oak Creek Canyon, a spectacular 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls between sheer rock walls, beckons hikers, campers and fishermen. It has been termed by Rand McNally as one of the eight most scenic drives in America.

From the City of Jerome information page


After the mines closed in 1953 and “King Copper” left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements, the Douglas Mansion became a State Park in 1965, and Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. During the 60’s and 70’s, during the time of the counter culture, Jerome offered a haven for artists.

Soon newcomers and Jerome old timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life. Today, Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. They form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of history and lore.