Senator Highway day trip to Prescott, Arizona is a 28.8 mile off-road trail through the mountains around downtown Prescott that offers many scenic views. Often seen are huge elk and gangs of turkey. We often spot the beautiful Acorn Woodpecker in this region.
- Trip Outline
Senator Highway day trip to Prescott, Arizona is a trail through the mountains around downtown Prescott that offers many scenic views.
Driving Off-Road and Wildlife
The off-road portion of this trip takes between 4 and 5 hours and is a 28.8 mile long. There are many places to get out and explore the wonderful wooded landscape. It can be a bumpy ride in some areas with the possibility of a few low water crossings.
The Senator Highway trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and is accessible year-round. Often seen are huge elk and gangs of turkey. We often spot the beautiful Acorn Woodpecker in this region.
Palace Station History
During the off-road portion of this excursion we will visit one of the oldest remaining settlement houses in Arizona from the pioneer days. Palace Station was originally built in 1874 and rebuilt in 1878. It is located in Crooks Canyon in the Bradshaw Mountains, named after Gen. George Crook, who fought in many Indian battles. Alfred B. Spence, his wife Matilda and her daughter R.J. Lambuth, came to the Arizona Territory in 1873. They settled down beside Groom Creek were Spence opened a sawmill. A year later they moved to Crooks Canyon where they build their home.
In 1877 the Prescott & Phoenix Stage line added a stop by the house and it became known as Palace Station, on the road to Peck mine, where passengers were offered a meal from Mrs. Spence and the horses water.
The station had a bar and served as a social meeting center for the miners who worked in the area. Alfred Spence died in 1908 and lies buried in a cemetery not far from the settlement’s property.
Meal in Historic Downtown Prescott
After the off-road portion of this trip we will drive to historic downtown Prescott where you can explore the many town square shops and restaurants.
Itinerary for the Senator Highway Day Trip to Prescott, Arizona
DepartureMeet in and Depart from Fountain Hills. (Hotel Pick-up Included)
TRAVEL (PART 1)
On-RoadDrive on-road for 2 hours to the entrance of Senator Highway.
TRAVEL (PART 2)
Off-RoadDrive off-road 4 1/2 hours for 28.8 miles through the mountains enjoying the many scenic views and possible wildlife sightings.
Stop and ExploreStop and explore the Palace Station. The oldest remaining settlement house in Arizona from the pioneer days.
TRAVEL (Part 3)
Meal in Downtown PrescottAfter the off-road portion of this trip we will drive to historic downtown Prescott where you can explore the many town square shops and restaurants.
TRAVEL (Part 4)
Return HomeDrive 2 hours back to Fountain Hills.
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