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Address: 3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
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Great Birding, Beautiful Hiking

The paths are great for hiking and birding. The woods nearer the parking lot have some great songbird opportunities and the lake has great water birds. Check out ebird.org for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful park for families. The trails are beginner to intermediate (leaning closer to beginner). There is no swimming in this lake but the views are spectacular. Rest rooms are clean, I wouldn't recommend the water fountains.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The paths are great for hiking and birding. The woods nearer the parking lot have some great songbird opportunities and the lake has great water birds. Check out ebird.org for what other birders have seen recently. Parking is free one day a week (Wednesday??) and $2 other days. The machine can be a little tricky - last time I went... More 

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We are basically landscape photographers. The large rock formations have surprised us as geologically they are granite rocks. This is also where some of those strange granite kitchen counters could come from. Some of these are absolutely "ginormous" in size and looking at some of these formations you realize that millennia ago it must have been quite volcanic to have... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Beautiful lake, hiking trails, wildflowers, views, lake amenities, marvelous photo ops, abundant wild birds. Recommend City upgrade entry station pay station (credit card reader not working, station apparently broke down during our second day there).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

great bird viewing, great hiking place, nice and peaceful, lots of shade trees, realy nice place to relax. For dog lovers there is a nice dog park next to it.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I really enjoyed hiking around this lake. Beautiful and unique, almost lunar, landscape. Definitely worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The scenic lake and surrounding area is known for hiking trails, a photographers delight and just restful sightseeing. There is also a smaller campground near the shore, some sights with nice views.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We live in Prescott Valley and Watson Lake (Granite Dells) is one of favorite places in the area. We always bring out of town guest here because it beautiful. Lot of good hiking trails and rock climbing and nice for canoes, kayaks, and small boats. Has clean restrooms, areas for picnics and open areas for bocce ball, soccer, horseshoes, and... More 

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Redmond, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Beautiful hikes and picnic areas around the lake. Great for canoeing too. Parts of the hike are through rocks and other parts are on an old rail-bed which is great for biking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The price was right. $2.00 for the whole car to enter. Very clean restrooms. The trail for hiking was clearly marked with white paint dots. The water is crystal clear and the rocks are around most of the lake. Their formations are incredible.

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