Local Business Spotlight: Outdoor Adventure

Greater Prescott is a giant playground for outdoor recreation where you can walk, hike, bike, fish, hunt, boat, kayak, rock climb, off-road, camp, snowshoe, go to the zoo and so much more!

Its stunning scenery and fortuitous weather means you can always find something to do that brings you closer to the wild world and its sun, wind, trees, flowers, wildlife and water.

Naturally, there’s a lot of stores and services for us to choose from when we gear up for the next adventure, depending on what we’re choosing to do. Many choose a specialty to take a deep dive into and provide expertise their customers will truly benefit from, making their next escapade a little more fulfilling and less hazardous.

You can turn to any of these businesses for reliable service and equipment to put you in the right place for any journey into the natural world!

 

The Hike Shack

This year The Hike Shack will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with the new ownership and in the current location. There are three female owners who are all from local Prescott families and have been hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, and living in Prescott for years.

The Hike Shack is filled with outdoor enthusiasts who are here to help you get outside and play. The brands are chosen for their durability, integrity, their customer service, and their ability to help people in whatever adventure they are taking. Nature is good for the soul. In such a crazy COVID world we are living in, taking time to enjoy the world around us is even more important. The Hike Shack has the staff and the gear to outfit your next journey.

The Hike Shack is open Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sundays 10-6.

Contact Information:
104 N Montezuma St. in Downtown Prescott
928-443-8565

 

Guidance Air

Guidance Air Service is the “Ultimate Off-Road Adventure,” located in Sedona and Prescott! You can start your adventure at the Prescott Regional Airport or at the Sedona Airport. Guests will be whisked away in their own private helicopter through the red rocks of Sedona or soar over the lakes of Prescott. You can choose from their fun 12-15 minute tour or a 2 hour round trip flight from Prescott to Sedona. There are several different flight times to accommodate each guests’ needs. In addition to these flights, Guidance Air also offers partnered hiking excursions to the Grand Canyon or sunset dinner flights for a touch of romance. Please call them today for further information or view the website for more details.

Contact Information:
Prescott: 6540 Crystal Ln, Prescott, AZ 86301
Sedona: 1200 Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336
928-351-1000
www.guidanceair.com

 

Angry Ape Off-Road

Angry Ape Off-Road offers a way to explore Prescott and the Prescott National Forest in a way few get to experience. They offer private off-road tours through the most picturesque parts of what makes Prescott so amazing. There are various tours that range from mild to wild with a little something for everyone.

Angry Ape helps create lifelong memories that they hope will bring you back to Prescott again and again with a new adventure every time. The business started just over a year ago with the vision of sharing all the wondrous wildlife Prescott has to offer.

Contact Information:
Business Offices: 1066 Copper Basin Rd., Prescott, AZ 86303
Pickup Point: 212 N Montezuma St., Prescott AZ 86303
928-350-7004
www.Angryapeoffroad.com

 

High Gear Bike Shop

In 1976; Steve Alward and Doug Brawly made the move from Phoenix to Prescott with an excited, entrepreneurial spirit. They pooled together $500 and some used bicycle components. Doug found a small garage to rent, accessible only from the alley of Miller Valley Road. Thus, Back Street Bicycle Works began as an experiment.

In 1977 the shop was moved to a larger building and became High Gear Bike Shop, which is now located on Sheldon and Mount Vernon streets.

High Gear Bicycle Shop is your one-stop local bike shop in Prescott. Whether you need advice, a fitting, a new bike or frame, a bike repair, or a small part/component — they have it all at their 2 locations. Their highly trained bike technicians are available to assist with any and all bike needs.

Contact Information:
505 E Sheldon St
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-445-0636
www.highgearbikeshop.com

 

Heritage Park Zoo

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has been operating in Prescott, AZ since 1988. Over the past 33 years, its mission has been to “give refuge to non-releasable, rescued wildlife while providing conservation through exhibition and public education.” As a nonprofit, it relies on gate admission, events, programs, and fundraising to provide excellent care to over 200 sanctuary animals and over 300 rescue animals each year.

The zoo also offers a variety of educational programs to all ages including ZooLittles, ZooCamp, ZooTeens & adult docent programs. It serves local schools through guided field trips, outreach presentations, and more. Through all these experiences, children and adults learn an appreciation for local wildlife and their habitats.

HPZS is grateful to be part of the Prescott community. Your support through attendance, memberships, adoptions, and donations have enabled it to survive a most challenging 2020. Its staff looks forward to continuing to be a valuable resource to the community for years to come!

Contact Information:
1403 Heritage Park Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-778-4242
www.heritageparkzoo.org

 

The Highlands Center for Natural History

The Highlands Center’s beautiful, tranquil campus is a 15-minute drive from downtown Prescott or Prescott Valley, off Highway 69. Here you will discover ponderosa pine-covered mountains, deeply shaded riparian habitats, remarkable geologic formations, and amazing vistas, in addition to all manner of forest inhabitants.

Experience the wonders of nature in the Highlands Center’s new Discovery Gardens. Interpretive signage at each of the Learning Circles allows visitors to have a full, self-guided experience. There is no fee to walk the trails and parking is free.

Currently, the center serves over 10,000 children a year through onsite school programs, nature camps, and off-site at Schoolyard Habitats. They are excited to be once again offering their Summer Camps, beginning in June.

With educational programming, hiking trails, nature festivals, a gift shop, and a botanic garden, The Highlands Center has activities for all ages.

Contact Information:
1375 S Walker Rd
Prescott, AZ 86303
928-776-9550
www.highlandscenter.org

 

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Opened in 2016, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Prescott is the local source for all outdoor sports gear: Hunting, fishing, camping, recreational shooting at competitive prices.

National gunsmithing services are now available! If you like elk and mule deer hunting, they’re here to get you all set up with everything you need. If fishing is more your speed, they have all of your tackle to catch the trout that you’re after. They also carry plenty of supplies for camping and hiking in the three national forests we’re surrounded by. Sportsman’s Warehouse’s shop services are available to spool reels, mount and boresight rifle scopes, cut arrows, tune bows in our 7-yard archery lane, and anything covered by your Firearm Service Plan. No matter the weather or time of year, they have the seasonal accessories to fit your outdoor adventure.

Contact information:
1761 AZ-69, #26
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-460-6200
www.sportsmans.com

 

Bikesmith Cyclery

Bikesmith is the oldest continually operated bike shop in Prescott, founded in 1947. Over the last seven decades, the shop has changed locations, owners, employees, and bike genres. Today it has one simple objective: to be THE premier mountain bike shop in Northern Arizona, providing excellent service and a good time to everyone that walks through the door.

They are super passionate about bikes and carry bikes, parts and accessories ideal for the area and the Southwest in general. And if it’s in their shop you can be sure it’s something they stand behind, have most likely tested and use themselves, and definitely trust the quality. While the retail focus is mountain bikes and accessories, they are a repair-focused shop. The staff is made up of some of the most experienced and reliable mechanics in the industry – from custom builds and suspension service to wheel building and everything in between, these pros have you covered.

Contact Information:
377 N Montezuma St., Suite 104
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-445-0280
www.bikesmith-cyclery.com

 

Ironclad Bicycles

At Ironclad Bicycles, some things will never change: They will always believe bicycles are the most amazing inventions ever, that bicycles are the most efficient transportation available, and there is nothing as much fun as a bicycle. AND they have added electric bikes to the mix!

From your child’s first bike to your latest ride, your local bike shop is so much more than just bikes, tubes and energy bars: It’s a meeting place where rides begin, stories are told, friendships are made and laughter echoes to the walls. It’s a cornerstone of your community that provides trained staff to keep your bike running smoothly, experts to answer your questions, and exudes passion for the sport. Bike shops support your local charity ride or sponsor your local race team. They work to keep your trails and roads safe, accessible and fun and are always there with a smile when it’s your time to play. Support your local bike shop, support your local community. “Buy Where You Ride.”

Contact Information:
710 White Spar Rd
Prescott, AZ 86303
928-776-1755
www.ironcladbicycles.com

 

Archer’s Bikes

Archer’s Bikes sells and services new and used pedal and electric bicycles. We are Arizona’s largest electric bike dealer and offer a vast selection of bicycle merchandise.

Archer’s welcomes all customers and will work on any bike: vintage, department store, unusual, side-by-side, recumbent, trike, etc. They have a full lineup of parts and merchandise. They take trade-ins and buy bikes, and have a big selection to choose from (including bikes ready to ride). They carry top-name brands and offer pedal, gas, and electric bikes.

Archer’s is a family-owned business and aims to provide every customer with the best buying experience and encourages your feedback. They put their customers first by providing open and honest choices for them to make informed decisions.

Contact Information:
5672 E State Rte 69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
928-277-4211
www.archersbikesprescott.com