How is the drive over the hill to Prescot from Jerome....is it worth the visit?
Tell us the entire context of your trip. Mingus Mtn is more than a ‘hill’.
What exactly are you looking to accomplish? Once you pass the top of Mingus Mountain, you'll be driving through pine forest. This will change to grasslands as you descent into the Prescott area.
I might suggest a drive up the mountain for additional views of the Verde Valley and to witness the effects of the historic mining scars along the way.
The mountain between Prescott and Jerome is Mingus Mountain. A twisting drive with several switchbacks, the road rises to 7,000 feet before descending into Jerome which is at 5,000 feet. The scenery is interesting but not spectacular with a few really good views both coming and going. This is a well paved road, by the way, great for motorcycles as well as cars. Expect a temperature drop of about 3 degrees for each 1,000 feet of elevation. We just drove it again last weekend. Expect a fair amount of traffic.
I was recently on this road, going the other way. It was a wonderful drive, but I was a passenger. The driver was being cautious, and it ticked off at least one local. But better safe than sorry I suppose.
We too really like the central Courthouse Square area of Prescott. Its really nice if you want to do some gallery/native art/antique shopping and to stop off for a good cup of coffee and bakery goods at the Wild Iris. There are also outdoor recreation ops near there as well. It is so nice and less expensive than Sedona...it has become a real popular retirement town for active adults.
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https:/… Gorgeous but quite a curvy road which takes more time than you may imagine. If you like you can connect to the I-17 to head back to Sedona instead of going over Mingus Mountain again. Use the 69/169 to get to the I-17. We often stay in Prescott Valley at the new Hampton & Suites there for our Prescott day...we often save nearly 100$ or more by doing that instead of a night right in Sedona.
LovemyAcura...good question. I'll say that I only spent one night in Prescott, but I would have liked more time there. Sedona is beautiful and Jerome is fun, as is Phoenix and the immediate surroundings...but Prescott felt the most comfortable and homey of all the placed I visited during my whirlwind tour. I have no doubt that I'll be back.
I really like it. There are community events on weekends, a Farmer's Market on Saturdays with organic items and tasty prepared food. (Location varies by season.) The area around Courthouse Square has some interesting shops and vintage homes. The scenery is different from Sedona: granite rock formations and two lakes, for example.. But it snows more there in winter!