Prescott lies at the junction of Ariz. 89 and Ariz. 69. If you’re coming from Phoenix, take the Cordes Junction exit (exit 262) from I-17 onto Ariz. 69 and drive northwest for 25 miles (traffic is sometimes slow-going). The trip from Phoenix takes a little under 2 hours. From Flagstaff, the most direct route is I-17 to Ariz. 169 to Ariz. 69; there’s also a more picturesque but significantly slower route, Ariz. 89A, through Sedona and Cottonwood.
From Sky Harbor Airport, Arizona Shuttle (www.arizonashuttle.com; tel. 520/795-6771) provides service to Prescott for $39 one-way.
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is at 117 W. Goodwin St. (www.visit-prescott.com; tel. 800/266-7534 or 928/445-2000), on the south side of Courthouse Plaza. It’s open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Prescott Valley has grown explosively; the stretch of Ariz. 69 from I-17 is now lined with shopping malls and housing (there's even a Trader Joe’s!). Prescott’s main drag is Gurley Street, which ultimately forms the north side of Courthouse Plaza. Ariz. 89, heading north from Wickenburg, eventually becomes Montezuma Street, also known as Whiskey Row, which forms the west side of the plaza.
In early June, Territorial Days features special art exhibits, performances, tournaments, races, and lots of food and free entertainment. Prescott’s biggest annual event is the World’s Oldest Rodeo (www.worldsoldestrodeo.com; tel. 928/445-3103), generally held during the week leading up to the Fourth of July. In mid-July, the Sharlot Hall Museum hosts the Prescott Indian Art Market.
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