- Prescott, the capital of old territorial Arizona, lies at the heart of this region, where the varied terrain ranges from high desert and rolling grassland to pine-studded mountains. Central Arizona offers a peek into the past at such popular vacation spots like the former ghost town of Jerome, a fully restored turn-of-the-century railway, and the ancient Native American civilizations of the Verde Valley.
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Granite Mountain Wilderness
Central Arizona features an abundance of public lands available for recreation pursuits including the Prescott National Forest, Verde Valley Wilderness, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and Montezuma Castle National Monument. Central Arizona has the world's largest stand of ponderosa pine and many dramatic geologic features.
Recreation - Popular recreational activities include: hiking, backpacking, biking, swimming, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, climbing and sightseeing.
Climate - Central Arizona has four mild seasons. Temperatures in the summer are 15-20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and winters are usually mild with some precipitation in the form of snow.
Central Arizona includes the middle of the state around the towns of Prescott and Camp Verde. Sedona lies at the northern end of this region. Interstate 17 runs through the middle of this region. Arizona Highways 89, 69 and 260 are also major access routes.