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Prescott Heritage Trail concept up for state award

Trail focuses on Prescott’s history

The Arizona Office of Tourism has notified the Prescott Tourism Office that it is a finalist for the Grand Pitch contest, and will go before a panel of judges at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism this week, for the Prescott Heritage Trail (PHT) concept.

A news release from the city explains that the Prescott Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour that begins in downtown Prescott at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center, 117 W. Goodwin St.

The trail takes participants to nearly 60 historical and cultural locations, including four museums, historical buildings, hotels, an opera house and even former brothels. Most of the PHT can be done on foot, but a vehicle will be helpful for some of the outlying sites. The PHT also connects to city recreational trails in several locations.

Complementing the PHT is the Prescott Hunt for History, which is designed for school-aged children.

“History Hunters can get a special clue sheet at the Visitor Information Center,” the city news release states. “From there, they will be able to look for more than a dozen small bronze animals, artifacts and artwork that are near the PHT.”

If the hunters find all the clues and bring their sheet back, they will receive an official Prescott History Hunters button, and their parents can enter them to win a scholarship in the amount of $500 for future education.

“We are pleased to be a finalist for the Grand Pitch award through AOT,” said Prescott City Manager Michael Lamar. “We feel that the Prescott Heritage Trail is a great way to showcase all aspects of Prescott’s storied history.”

Sheri Heiney, president of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce added, “The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center will be the perfect starting point for the Prescott Heritage Trail. This is a great partnership between the Chamber, the Prescott Tourism Office and the City of Prescott.”

The Visitor Center at the Chamber is an official state-designated tourism information site that has more than 30,000 visitors each year.

Information from City of Prescott.