Dramatic granite formations, easy terrain, and quick, roadside accessibility make Constellation Trails of the most visited areas in Prescott’s Mile High Trail system. It’s a great spot to meander through boulder framed passageways and take in the scenic views of the Granite Dells and the green hills over yonder.
There’s a tragic history behind the trail’s name. In 1959, 5 U.S. Navy airmen were on a training mission flying a United States Air Force Lockheed C121G Super Constellation. Likely due to engine problems, the aircraft flew too low, crashing into the Granite Dells and killing the 5 airmen on board. An Eagle Scout, Cody Walker spearheaded the project of putting a memorial bronze tribute plaque in place to honor the airmen. It’s not unusual to come across remnants of the aircraft on the trails. If you find some pieces, please add them to the collection by the monument.
Distance: Short-there’s a series of loop trails here. Cover them all and you might get ~3.5 under your belt.
Getting there: 4701 AZ-89, the trail head is located on the west side of State Route 89, across from the Phippen Museum.
Notes: Free parking, hikers, leashed-canines and mountain bikers allowed.
Stay tuned for my top picks of places to stay and eat and for more of my active escapades in and around Prescott.
Mountain Biking: Prescott Valley to Prescott via the Iron King & Peavine Trails
Restaurants: The Barley Hound Gastropub