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Hours and Guidelines

Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is part of the City of Prescott’s Park system. Managed, by Prescott Creeks Preservation Association through a long-term lease with the City, Watson Woods is open for public use. A quiet visitor might encounter a green-backed heron fishing the pond, a Mexican vole scurrying along runways under the grasses, or a common kingsnake winding its way through the branches of a toppled cottonwood.
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HOURS OF OPERATION

  • The Preserve is open for public visitation during all day-light hours, 365 days per year.

PRESERVE GUIDELINES

Watson Woods is managed to protect wildlife and wetland communities, and is open during all daylight hours. Please follow these guidelines, and enjoy!

  • A $2 donation to Prescott Creeks is suggested for each Preserve visitor for each visit.
  • Groups of 10 or more must make prior arrangements with Prescott Creeks via PrescottCreeks.org or by calling (928) 445-5669.
  • Trails are designed for hiking, wildlife viewing, and educational programs for all ages. Please stay on designated trails. Do not use trails when wet or muddy.
  • Leave no trace! Pack it in, pack it out. There are no waste receptacles within the Preserve. Visitors must remove all trash generated during their visit.
  • Respect wildlife and their habitat. Keep a discreet distance and do not feed animals.

PROHIBITED in the Preserve (unless specifically authorized):

  • Bicycles and motorized vehicles
  • Domestic animals, including dogs and horses
  • Camping
  • Hunting, fishing, and/or collecting plants or animals
  • Smoking and other fires
  • The use and/or possession of weapons and firearms

Exercising plenty of common sense should produce good results for all.

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