About Prescott, AZ


Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona, at an altitude of 5,400 feet (1,600 m).

Prescott Valley (locally, PV) is located in central Arizona approximately 85 miles (137 km) north of Phoenix at 5,100 feet (1,600 m). elevation. PV has good access to Arizona State Route 89, SR-89A and SR-69, connecting to Interstates 17 and 40.

Whether you love hiking through large stands of ponderosa pines or appreciate historic places, Prescott offers things to do and places to see for everyone. Mild seasons make it an appealing destination year-round.

A mile-high city, Prescott is nestled amid the ponderosa pines of Prescott National Forest. Fill your lungs with that amazing pine scent as you enjoy Prescott’s natural surroundings, including more than 400 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails.

Are you a history buff? With a classic downtown replete with Victorian homes, turn-of-the-century saloons along Whisky Row, and other historic settings, you’ll find plenty of western history in Prescott – much of it dating back to the days of Wyatt Earp. You’ll appreciate the character of the more than 700 homes and businesses listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown’s majestic granite courthouse is set among green lawns and American elm trees that reflect the Midwestern and New England background of Prescott’s early pioneers, leading to the town informally becoming, “Everybody’s Hometown.”

Prescott also holds four of Arizona’s most prized museums, and is loaded with art galleries, antique shops, local eateries, and golfing. For a day on the water, visit one of the city’s four beautiful small lakes, perfect for boating, fishing, and nature watching.

According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 39,843. The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.

The towns of Prescott Valley, 7 miles (11 km) east; Chino Valley, 16 miles (26 km) north; Dewey-Humboldt, 13 miles (21 km) east, and Prescott, together comprise what is locally known as the "Quad-City" area. This also sometimes refers to central Yavapai County in general, which would include the towns of: Mayer, Paulden, Wilhoit, and Williamson Valley. Combined with these smaller communities the area had a population of 103,260 as of 2007. Prescott is the center of the Prescott Metropolitan Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as all of Yavapai County.

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe reservation is located adjacent to and partially within the borders of Prescott.




  • The temperature typically varies from 60°F to 82°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 90°F.
  • The coolest hours of the day are from 1 am to 8 am with the coldest at 6 am, at which time the temperature is below 63°F three days out of four. 
  • The warmest hours of the day are from 10 am to 7 pm with the hottest at 2 pm, at which time the temperature is above 79°F three days out of four. 
  • The day has gained half its heat by 9 am and lost it again by 9 pm.
  • The median cloud cover ranges from 5% (clear) to 47% (partly cloudy).
  • There is a 37% chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during the day.
  • When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms
  • The relative humidity typically ranges from 32% (comfortable) to 63% (mildly humid), rarely dropping below 16% (dry), or exceeding 87% (very humid).


  • The highest monthly average temperature in Prescott for July is 77 degrees.
  • The lowest monthly average temperature in Prescott for December is 37 degrees.
  • The most monthly precipitation in Prescott occurs in July with 1.9 inches.
  • The air quality index in Prescott is 17% better than the national average.
  • The pollution index in Prescott is 20% better than the national average.


Month  Max Temp
F' (C') 
Low Temp
F' (C') 
Average Temp
 F' (C') 
Average Rainfall
Inch (CM)
amount of
 April  67 (19.4) 37 (2.7)  54 (12.2) 1.2  (3.0))  82%
 May  76 (24.4) 45 (7.2) 65 (18.3) 0.5 (1.3) 88%
 August  87 (30.6) 60 (15.6) 74 (23.3) 2.4 (6.1) 78%
 September  83 (28.3) 53 (11.7) 68 (20) 1.5 (3.8) 81%


                                          2016 TEMPS

Day  2016
F (C) 
F (C)
Precip. Month
inch (cm)

 September 1st  84.7 (29.2)  56 (13.3) 0.08 (0.20)  
 September 2nd  84.6 (29.2)  55.8 (13.2) 0.16 (0.40)  
 September 3rd  84.4 (29.1)  55.5 (13.1) 0.24 (0.61)    
 September 4th  84.3 (29.1)  55.2 (12.9)  0.31 (0.79)    
 September 5th  84.1 (28.9)  55   (12.8)  0.39 (1.00)
 September 6th  83.9 (28.8)  55.4 (12.6)  0.47 (1.04)


Date for 2017 Day Sunrise  Sunset
  August 31st  Thu  6:01am  7:00pm
 September 1st  Fri  6:03am 6:57pm 
 September 2nd  Sat  6:04am  6:56pm
 September 3rd  Sun  6:05am  6:55pm
 September 4th  Mon  6:05am  6:55pm
 September 5th  Tue  6:05am  6:53pm
 September 6th  Wed  6:07am  6:50pm


Full Moon   August 21st, 2017 / New Moon September 6th, 2017

Click Here for Lunar/Sunrise/Sunset Calendar for September 2017 for Prescott, AZ


Shabbat Candle Lighting Times

Friday September 1, 2017 / Elul 10, 5777 Light Candles at 6:38PM

Saturday, September 2, 2017 / elul 10 5777 Shabbat ends at 7:32PM

Torah Reading: Ki Teitzel

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 - 54:10

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