Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park.

Located along Highway 89, approximately 2 miles south of the small town of Yarnell, Arizona, sits the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. It’s a unique state park, dedicated as a memorial site to a mass tragedy. On June 30, 2013, 19 members of the 20-man Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. …

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The Grave of Big Nose Kate: A Wild West Icon.

Obviously not my photo 🤪 (from Google). As you can see, her nose was pretty average sized. Born Mary Katherine Horony, Big Nose Kate didn’t actually have a big nose. According to a nice older gentleman we met at her gravesite, she got that moniker from being a well-known gossiper who had her nose in …

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The Palace Restaurant and Saloon: Step into a Wild West Time Machine.

Officially the oldest bar and business still operating within the state of Arizona, the Palace Restaurant and Saloon does everything in its power to firmly hold onto its Wild West roots. Obviously considered to be one of the most historic bars in the state, it was eventually put on the National Register of Historical Places. …

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Lakes of Prescott, Arizona: Watson, Lynx, & Goldwater.

Watson Lake. Prescott, Arizona’s three most popular lakes - Watson, Lynx, and Goldwater - could not be any more different from one another. Watson is a geographical wonder, with rocks that look like they were transported straight from Mars. Lynx and Goldwater are much more of a run-of-the-mill lakes, nice and relaxing, but nothing crazy. …

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Woot, woot, in the butte (Thumb Butte, Arizona).

Jetting high into the sky, Thumb Butte sits proudly as a distinctive landmark of Prescott, Arizona. Nestled in the Prescott National Forest, Thumb Butte is so prominent that it’s difficult to miss, even many miles out. Hiking Thumb Butte is popular, although when we went, we only came across about 8 people along the entire …

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