Camp at Watson Lake in Prescott

Arizona Watson Lake Park

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The charm of Prescott and the beauty of one of the only granite surrounded lakes you'll find in Arizona! The unique granite formations provide a playground for rock climbers, campers and photographers!

Camping sites are only available in the summer months but the park is explorable year round! Watson Lake is a very unique place, in a state primarily made up of sandstone lies a lake surrounded by uniquely shaped Granite Boulders, excellent for hiking, rock climbing and photographing! Be sure to find a good place to sit and watch some of the most vibrant sunsets in the nation!

The park includes:

  • Two boat launches
  • Canoes and Kayaks available for rent
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Picnic Areas with grills
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Hiking Trails
  • Showers for campers

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Food
  • 10 essentials
  • Camera
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Activities:

Camping, Fishing, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer

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Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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5 months ago

Photographers Playground

This lake is amazing. Makes an excellent stopping point on any road trip. The lake is easily accessible, doesn't require a long hike to access. There's pretty few tourists and it's really big! I scrambled around for an hour and a half or so trying to get every sunset photo I could, super fun, great reflections. Comparable to a bigger Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe. Have fun Boulder hopping!

5 months ago

Added by Ross Kyker

September 2015 I made the decision to walk away from my career in Marketing to pursue my dreams. I sold most of my belongings, bought a motorhome, married my best friend and here we are today traveling across America sharing our journey I hope you'll join us and enjoy!

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