Looking to beat the heat? Get away to Prescott!

Posted: Updated:
Fun on Lynx Lake near Prescott Fun on Lynx Lake near Prescott
(3TV/CBS 5) -

This time of year, the heat drives us all crazy. I’m a Valley native, but even after all of these years in Arizona, the brutal summer temperatures never seem to get easier. And now that I have kids, it seems even tougher to deal with temperatures that keep you trapped inside.

This past weekend, I was especially fed up with the hot weather. We were all going stir-crazy after two weeks of no school and being stuck indoors. So we headed north in order to get outside.

My husband and I used to go to Lynx Lake outside of Prescott with our dog pretty regularly about eight or nine years ago. We decided to venture back up to this spot with our boys, and we had a blast! Lynx Lake is about 10 minutes outside of Prescott and offers hiking, camping, biking and fishing.  But on this day, we wanted to try something new.

Mobile/App users:  Click here to see pic of Lynx Lake near Prescott

We rented canoes at Lynx Lake Marina. With a 4- and a 7-year-old, my husband and I were doing all the work with those paddles, but we didn’t mind because we were just so glad to be out of the triple digits! The cost was around $15 an hour, and the memories were priceless. 

Mobile/App users:  click here to see pic of April & Charlie on Lynx Lake

Mobile/app users:  Click here to see pic of Greer and Mark in canoes on Lynx Lake

After lunch at the marina, we decided to check out Granite Creek Vineyards, about 30 minutes north of Prescott in Chino Valley. This spot is a gem. There is live music often on Saturdays and food, including ice cream sandwiches for the kids! We sipped wine, ate ice cream and listened to a fun band while the kids danced under the trees. The temperature was in the 80s. 

THIS is how I want to celebrate summer. 

Mobile/app users:  Click here to see pic of Granite Creek Vineyards

Mobile/app users:  Click here to see pic of Granite Creek Vineyards

After that, we headed to Prescott Courthouse Square, my absolute favorite place to spend a summer afternoon.

The grass is long and soft. The boys played football in the shadow of the courthouse while Mom lounged on a picnic blanket nearby. With an elevation near 5,500 feet, Prescott warms to the low 90s often in the summer, but as the sun goes down, temperatures cool a lot more quickly than they do in Phoenix. 

Mobile/app users:  Click here to see pic of Prescott Courthouse Square

But I still wasn’t ready to head back down the hill to the heat. 

So, we decided to swing back by Lynx Lake for a sunset hike around the lake. We were lucky enough to see a bald eagle, and the boys were thrilled to get to use their new binoculars! Turns out, Lynx Lake is actually a nesting spot for bald eagles. The Prescott National Forest even closes an area near the trail around the lake during nesting season to keep from disturbing the eagles.

The area is open again now, as it was determined they had an unsuccessful breeding season after their nests were likely blown out of the trees. According to the Forest Service, bald eagles build nests called platforms out of large sticks. These nests can be blown out of trees by strong winds. 

Mobile/app users:  Click here to see pic of Lynx Lake

Finally, the sun went down, and the lake was closing to the public, so we headed back to the Valley, where temperatures were finally falling back to the double digits after sunset. 

If you’re looking for a spot to beat the heat this summer, Lynx Lake and the surrounding area is a quick hour and a half north of town, and at least 15-20 degrees cooler most days than Phoenix. 

For more info on Lynx Lake:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/prescott/recarea/?recid=75178

For more info on Granite Creek Vineyards:   https://granitecreekvineyards.com


Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Arizona's Family Weather BlogMore>>

  • This week's pollution problems

    This week's pollution problems

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:20:48 GMT
    Lots of sunshine and lights winds aren't helping the ozone pollution. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Lots of sunshine and lights winds aren't helping the ozone pollution. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    Lots of sunshine and lights winds aren't helping the ozone pollution. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Lots of sunshine and lights winds aren't helping the ozone pollution. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    This week's combination of unseasonably warm temperatures and light winds has brought a big pollution problem. You can't see ozone pollution, but it's pretty dangerous to your health. 

    More >

    This week's combination of unseasonably warm temperatures and light winds has brought a big pollution problem. You can't see ozone pollution, but it's pretty dangerous to your health. 

    More >
  • Running with pride at Pat's Run

    Running with pride at Pat's Run

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:16 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:16:53 GMT

    It’s a big weekend here in the Valley as we celebrate the life of Pat Tillman and honor him and raise money for military members. I will be running with pride this weekend, after my brother Erich’s promotion that took place in Washington DC.

    More >

    It’s a big weekend here in the Valley as we celebrate the life of Pat Tillman and honor him and raise money for military members. I will be running with pride this weekend, after my brother Erich’s promotion that took place in Washington DC.

    More >
  • If you're missing the rain in Phoenix, we have some bad news

    If you're missing the rain in Phoenix, we have some bad news

    Thursday, April 19 2018 2:56 PM EDT2018-04-19 18:56:42 GMT
    Rain is pretty much non-existent in Phoenix in May and June as we patiently await the arrival of the monsoon. (Source: AP File Photo)Rain is pretty much non-existent in Phoenix in May and June as we patiently await the arrival of the monsoon. (Source: AP File Photo)
    Phoenix is both the county seat of Maricopa County and the capital of Arizona (Source: AP File Photo)Phoenix is both the county seat of Maricopa County and the capital of Arizona (Source: AP File Photo)

    The start of this year has been pretty rough when it comes to rain!

    More >

    The start of this year has been pretty rough when it comes to rain!

    More >
  • Featured VideoMore>>

  • Thousands of teachers in Arizona to protest

    Thousands of teachers in Arizona to protest

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:32 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:32:49 GMT
    A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state's public school students. (Source: AP Photo)A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state's public school students. (Source: AP Photo)
    A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state's public school students. (Source: AP Photo)A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state's public school students. (Source: AP Photo)

    A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state's public school students.

    More >

    A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented job action that will close schools for a majority of the state's public school students.

    More >
  • Dissenting teachers share why they voted 'no' on walkout

    Dissenting teachers share why they voted 'no' on walkout

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:32 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:32:04 GMT
    This teacher opposes the walkout, and agreed to speak to Arizona's Family on condition of anonymity. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)This teacher opposes the walkout, and agreed to speak to Arizona's Family on condition of anonymity. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    This teacher opposes the walkout, and agreed to speak to Arizona's Family on condition of anonymity.This teacher opposes the walkout, and agreed to speak to Arizona's Family on condition of anonymity.

    It's been difficult to convince teachers who cast dissenting walkout votes to share why. But two of them agreed to tell us their thought process.

    More >

    It's been difficult to convince teachers who cast dissenting walkout votes to share why. But two of them agreed to tell us their thought process.

    More >
  • Conservative group says teachers shouldn't blame Gov. Ducey for low pay

    Conservative group says teachers shouldn't blame Gov. Ducey for low pay

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:31:56 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    On the brink of a historic teacher strike in Arizona, an influential conservative group says teachers are blaming the wrong people for their low wages.

    More >

    On the brink of a historic teacher strike in Arizona, an influential conservative group says teachers are blaming the wrong people for their low wages.

    More >