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Recreation Signals Prescott Valley

The Signals Recreation section is full of outdoor and indoor activities taking place throughout the year. Things to do and places to go!

Sour Fire 100% Contained

Prescott – The Sour Fire, which was reported on Sunday, January 17, 2021, is now 100% contained. Yesterday, the fire received rain bringing much-needed moisture to the interior of the fire. Firefighters plan to patrol and monitor the fire as very little interior heat remains with minimal smoke. There have been two unrelated wildfires on the Prescott National Forest in […]

Pile Burning

Pile Burning Planned January 20 – 26 on the Bradshaw RD

Fire Managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to take advantage of predicted weather to burn piles located near Copper Basin, Spruce Mountain, Groom Creek, and areas along Walker Road starting on Wednesday, January 20th through Tuesday, January 26th. Fire managers expect smoke impacts to Prescott and surrounding areas to be light. Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent […]

Area Closures Coming Soon to Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte

Prescott National Forest officials would like to give folks a heads up that they have three more weekends for climbing opportunities before the Forest implements restrictions on climbing and other activities on the cliff faces of both Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte on Monday, February 1st, 2021. Both sites have been consistently occupied by peregrines annually for more than 23 […]

Prescott NF Waives Fees in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Prescott NF Offices Closed for Federal Holiday

The Prescott National Forest (Prescott NF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. All Prescott NF offices will be closed on Jan. 18 for the federal holiday, resuming virtual business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 19. This year is the 26th anniversary of […]

Goat Fire North of Cherry 100% Contained

Prescott – The Goat Fire, which was reported on Saturday, January 9, 2021, is 100% contained. Firefighters reported very little interior heat and minimal smoke. The 28-acre Goat Fire is burning west of HWY 260 and north of the community of Cherry at the end of Forest Road 360 (T14N, R3E, Sec 4).

The Highlands Center for National History Introduces a New Book Club!

A Book Club for adults eager to learn more about the natural history of the Southwest, and families looking to teach their children more about the natural world. For the new year, the Highlands Center for Natural History is launching a Book Club for adults eager to learn more about the natural history of the Southwest, and families looking to […]

Ford Bronco Outer Banks Sport

Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks Review

SignalsA and Talking Glass Media just got their hands on a 2021 Bronco Sport Outer Banks, thanks to one of our readers. So, we decided to check it out and provide you all a review. Note: This is not a paid advertisement. Just an honest review for those ogling the highly anticipated Ford Bronco. The buyers of this Bronco […]

Camping Closure along HWY 260 and Salt Mine Road

Recreation Officials on the Verde Ranger District will implement a special “Camping Closure” for areas along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road for 2-years starting on January 7, 2021. Over the past few years, dispersed camping in these areas and high use has caused significant resource damage to soil and water quality; as well as abandoned property, trash, and sanitation […]

The Cowboy Collectors Gathering has Moved Their Western & Native American Antique Show to The Findlay Toyota Center

Prescott Valley’s Findlay Toyota Center will host the 15th Annual Cowboy Collectors Gathering show on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a special VIP preview day on Tuesday, January 19th. This show features Western & Native American collectibles and antiques from some of the best dealers in the U.S. offering many different items such as… Spurs, […]

Back to Roots for the Schoolyard Habitat Program

The Highlands Center Schoolyard Habitat Program returns to Coyote Springs for 2021!

Fifteen years ago, the Highlands Center’s Schoolyard Habitat Program started at Coyote Springs Elementary School. The Habitat program brings natural science exploration to Prescott and Prescott Valley area schools. It restores unused parts of school campuses into rich, native habitats and outdoor classrooms, encouraging students to learn about scientific concepts through hands-on exploration. Spending time outdoors has endless benefits, all of which have […]

Fuelwood Permits issued in 2020 expire on December 31, 2020

The Prescott National Forest wishes to remind all fuelwood cutters that your tags and permits that were purchased during the 2020 calendar year expire on December 31, 2020. 2021 firewood wood permits will be available for purchase on January 4, 2021, at $2.00/cord with a $20.00 minimum purchase. New firewood guides and tags will be available at that time. The […]

Diversifying the Pack: Cross Fostering Helps Mexican Wolf Population Boost Genetic Mix

The day in late January began like any other for a Mexican wolf pup living in the spectacular solitude of eastern Arizona: searching for food with other wolves in the Apache National Forest. Then came the terrifying chatter of a helicopter, a dash for cover, a jab in the rump – and a nap, courtesy of the sedative Telazol, delivered […]

Winter Closures on Mingus Mountain

Prescott – Recreation Officials on the Verde Ranger District will close the following facilities/roads in preparation for the winter season starting on Friday, December 18, 2020, through May 1, 2021. Forest Road 104 near the junction of Forest Road 413; at the entrance to the Mingus Recreation Area will be closed. Walk in access to Mingus Lake and other areas […]

Holiday Closures for the Prescott National Forest

All Prescott National Forest offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. President Trump signed an executive order on Dec. 11 to make Christmas Eve a federal holiday this year. Forest offices will resume virtual business hours on Monday, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, […]

Beaver Creek Library Hosts Virtual Art Show

Holiday Art Peace is an exhibit that has been held for the last several holiday seasons at the Beaver Creek Library for community library patrons. This year, due to these unique circumstances, Holiday Art Peace is being held as a virtual art show on the Yavapai County Free Library District Facebook Page. To see Holiday Art Peace, go to […]

This New Year’s, Resolve to Help Yourself and Your Neighbors

Membership to the James Family Prescott YMCA not only benefits you, but also the Quad Cities.

With the craziness that is 2020, we are looking forward to changing the calendar from December to January. A new year is filled with potential and the chance to start fresh. After the busy holiday season filled with delicious treats, it’s not surprising that, according to a 2019 survey, 65 percent of people resolved to exercise more with the New […]

Highlands Center Winter Luminaria Has Been Cancelled

It is with great sadness that the Highlands Center for Natural History announces the cancellation of our Winter Luminaria events on December 17th, 18th, and 19th. With the safety modifications that were put into place, we had hoped that the event could be conducted to brighten up everyone’s holiday season. However, with COVID-19 numbers continuing to spike and local hospital […]

Pile Burning

Pile Burning Planned December 10th -11th on the Bradshaw RD

PRESCOTT – Fire Managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to take advantage of predicted weather to burn piles along the Lower Wolf Creek Rd. (FR-73) starting on Thursday, December 10th through Friday, December 11th. Fire managers expect smoke impacts to Groom Creek and surrounding areas to be light. Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland-urban […]

Public Comment Requested for the Draft Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis: Abandoned Cherry Creek Mines, Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District

Prescott National Forest officials are requesting public comments and input for the Draft Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) report for the abandoned Cherry Creek Mines (Site), located on the Verde Ranger District, near Cherry, Arizona, in Yavapai County. These former mines are the Bunker Mine, Golden Idol Mine, Black Hawk Mine, Uncle Sam Mine, Logan Mine, and Gold Eagle Mine. These […]

The Highland Center’s Nature Store Has Gone Online for the Holidays

Support Outdoor Education with Nature Themed Products

The Highlands Center for Natural History’s Benson Family Nature Store has gone online this Holiday Season. The Nature Store is stocked with nature-themed items for everyone. From children’s books to apparel and field guides to jewelry, your purchase will help support our programs. To view available items and ordering information please visit the Online store at Over the next […]

The Prescott Valley Daytripper 1.2

Rocking Crawling the Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona, AZ.

So you finally scored a jeep. We found a great spot to try out some rock crawling for your first time out! You’ve taken the plunge and bought yourself a jeep. Used or new, you’ve joined the club of brick pushers who smile at 12-19 miles per gallon – at best. Your fellow club members will give you “the jeep […]

Ladders Area Along the Verde River Closed to Protect Nesting Bald Eagles

Prescott -The Forest Service is closing the Ladder’s bald eagle breeding area along the Verde River to the public on December 1, 2020. The closure is expected to last through June 30, 2021 when the bald eagle nesting season ends, and fledglings are independent. Should nest failure occur and re-nesting not be attempted, the closure will be opened early. The […]

Bald Eagle Closure coming to Lynx Lake

The Prescott National Forest will implement the closure restrictions on the east side of Lynx Lake including the John’s Tank Trail on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. The John’s Tank Trail will be closed to public entry from the lake over to the Salida Gulch trail through next June to provide protection to nesting bald eagles. The closure is needed to […]

The Best-Selling Christmas Artist of All Time and Record-Setting Tour is Coming Back to Prescott Valley in 2021

Get ready Prescott Valley, Mannheim Steamroller returns in 2021!

Prescott Valley’s Findlay Toyota Center will host Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on Monday, December 27th, 2021. Tickets go on sale December 4, 2020, and can be purchased online at The Event Insider Pre-sale is Monday, November 30, 2020. You can sign up as an Event Insider on the website as well. While 2020 was the first year the group was unable […]

Feral Cattle Removal Along the Verde River Continues

The removal of feral cattle along the Wild and Scenic portion of the Verde River continues. Contractors will be capturing and removing unauthorized and/or feral cattle from the Wild and Scenic portion of the Verde River on the Tonto, Coconino, and Prescott National Forests. This portion of the Verde River is managed to preserve its Wild and Scenic qualities and […]

Prescott National Forest Offices Closed November 26

All Prescott National Forest offices will be closed Thursday, November 26, 2020, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Offices will resume virtual business hours on Friday, November 27. For many families, the weekend after Thanksgiving is a good time to venture into the forest to cut down a fresh Christmas tree. If you purchased a permit, please follow the instructions provided […]

Enchanted Christmas Indoor Tour of Lights Returns to Prescott Gateway Mall

Presented by M&M Entertainment & Productions, Enchanted Christmas Indoor Tour of Lights will be opening its doors on November 27th, 2020 for the seventh year at 3250 Gateway Blvd, Ste 302, Prescott, AZ 86303.  Enchanted Christmas is an Indoor Holiday Light attraction with over 500,000 lights.  There are 18 themed rooms, a large Department 56 Christmas Village, and a Model […]

Yavapai Bottle Gas Mile High PBR Presented by Coors Light Rescheduled to April 2021

The Yavapai Bottle Gas Mile High PBR Presented by Coors Light scheduled for Saturday, November 28, 2020, has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 24, 2021. Please hold on to your tickets as they will be honored for the new date. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled show. For those unable to attend the rescheduled date, refunds will be […]

Forest Service Expands Every Kid Outdoors to 5th Graders

Prescott – The Forest Service is extending the benefits of the Every Kid Outdoors program to fifth graders for the 2020-2021 school year due to impacts to from COVID 19 on recreation sites. Fifth graders can obtain a voucher by accessing the Every Kid Outdoors web site and linking to the NPS fifth grade voucher website at Vouchers may […]

Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo Come Together Live for a Salute to their Classic movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This holiday season Prescott Valley’s Findlay Toyota Center is bringing a very special Christmas event to your home! A (Virtual) Christmas Vacation with the Griswolds: An Evening with Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo! Light up your holidays and join Christmas’s favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold for this virtual salute to the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  Chevy Chase (Clark) and […]

AARP’s Thank you to Veterans

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, and with gratitude to all military service members and their families, AARP is sponsoring a documentary through November 15th as a way to say “Thank you for your service.” The documentary, Let it Ring can be watched anytime online through Vimeo from now until November 15, 2020. Let it Ring In celebration of Veterans Day, AARP […]

Yavapai County Lifts Fire Ban

As of Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown has lifted the Countywide fire ban. Public Works Director Dan Cherry said, “Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has worked to coordinate with our response organizations in an effort to achieve alignment that may impact response to wildfire incidents. It is worth noting that Fire Districts/Departments […]

Forest Service Waives Fees on Veterans Day

Prescott NF Offices Closed Nov. 11 for the Federal Holiday

The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Americans who have served in the armed services. On the Prescott National Forest (PNF) every Wednesday is fee free at our day-use recreation sites. All PNF offices will be closed that day in observance of the federal holiday. Regular […]

Greater Prescott Trails Mid-Term #2 Decision Notice Signs

On October 15, 2020, Sarah Clawson, District Ranger for the Bradshaw and Chino Valley Ranger Districts of the Prescott National Forest signed the final decision for the Greater Prescott Trails Plan (GPTP), Mid-Term Project #2. The plan authorizes approximately 64 miles of motorized/multi-use trails. The public process and analysis focused mainly on the Seven Mile Gulch single-track motorized trail system, […]

AARP One Day University Lectures & Virtual Concerts

AARP is offering to local residents and members several online opportunities to learn and be entertained through their One Day University Lecture Series and the NEW Virtual Concert Series. One Day University Lectures: AARP is excited to continue to partner with One Day University to offer a selection of online lectures to the 50-plus community. Every pre-recorded lecture will be […]

Special Use Event on the Prescott National Forest Saturday, November 7th

The Prescott National Forest has a special use event scheduled on Saturday, November 7th on the Bradshaw Ranger District. The Whiskey Basin Trail Run is a one-day footrace on the Prescott Circle Trail with up to 150 participants. The event will be staged out of Watson Lake City Park with participants competing in 91K, 60K, and half marathon races utilizing […]

Courageous Kids Climbing Hosting Special Needs Event with Prescott Fire and Gripstone Climbing

Courageous Kids Climbing along with the Prescott Fire Department and Gripstone Climbing and Cafe are hosting a special needs rock climbing experience event on Sunday, November 8th from 10:00 am-noon.

Prescott National Forest Extends Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Due to Windy, Dry Conditions

Due to insufficient rain and continued dry fuel conditions, Prescott NF along with local partners and neighboring forests are extending State 1 Fire Restrictions. Forest fuel moistures across Arizona are currently at record lows, and windy conditions continue to further dry out fuels. Restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the […]

13th Annual Courthouse Christmas Lighting Auction has Begun

The event that funds nearly 50 percent of the annual courthouse lighting is live. The Friends of the Jersey Lilly Saloon launched the 13th annual Courthouse Christmas Lighting Auction on Monday. Auction items will be added through the week but interested parties can now register for and view the silent and live auction at “In accordance with state and […]

Chino Valley Drive Through Trick or Treat

The Town of Chino Valley will be hosting a Drive Through Trick or Treat Event on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Memory Park, located at the intersection of Palomino Rd and N Road 1 West. This is a free event that will begin at 2:30 pm, ending at 4:30 pm.  The public is asked to observe social distancing guidelines, including […]

YCPAC Streaming Series Yavapai Live! Announces Extended Concert Schedule

Building on its early momentum, Yavapai Live!, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s weekly musical series, has announced seven new concerts for November and December of 2020. Music from The Phantom of the Opera, Brahms chamber music, and dueling piano virtuosos headline a Fall schedule that culminates in Christmas concerts December 13 and 20. “We will be streaming quality music from […]

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