Four-Legged Travels: Prescott, Arizona

Even though I am a Phoenix native, I recently discovered that Prescott is a beautiful place and a great place to take a dog. With all the hype on Sedona and Flagstaff, I never took the time to explore it. But with the need to get out of the heat and do some exploring with Willo, we took a day trip just 90 minutes north. Here are just a few things to do with your dog in Prescott, Arizona.


Our first stop was at Lynx Lake where we conquered a 2.4 mile hike around the lake. The lake requires a $5 cash parking fee, so make sure you have some cash if you go. The 55-acre lake surrounded by pines and was the perfect place to escape the Phoenix summer for a day. This is also where I learned Willo LOVES playing in the water.

IMG_3041 copy.jpg

The hike is pretty easy. The trails gains 78 feet in elevation and had plenty of shade from the pines. Being right next to the water was great, too, because Willo was able to cool off. Probably a little too much.

I do worry about her overheating on hikes, so having the cool lake right next to us was a huge comfort.


After the hike we hung out in the shade while Willo sniffed around and went in and out of the lake. There were tons of people out kayaking, paddle boarding and riding on peddle boats that made for a lot of good people watching.

I am hoping to take Willo kayaking there in the near future!

You can find some boat rental information here!


After Lynx Lake, we headed to Watson Lake. The lake also has a parking fee (about $3) but you can pay with card there. The lake is surrounded by granite boulders and hiking trails, although we didn’t do another hike (next time!) We just wanted to take in the scenery and let Willo run around a bit more.


Watson Lake also offers a lot of water activities. Swimming is prohibited at this lake, but I couldn’t keep Willo out of the water. We went to the area where the boats and kayaks load into the lake and Willo ran around in the water and climbed up on rocks. It’s also easy to get to from the parking lot.


Willo also had some fun digging in the mud. I had to give her a good rinse off in the lake before heading home. All in all, it was a successful day trip.

Devon Noehring1 Comment