Prescott to Flagstaff
Basin and Range
Prescott Elevation (feet)
Flagstaff Elevation (feet)
Entering Prescott, Route 89 follows White Spar Road to the intersection with South Montezuma Street. A half mile north is Courthouse Square and the famous (some say infamous) Whiskey Row. Historic 89 turns east on Gurley Street on the north side of the square past the historic Hassayampa Inn and then turns north at the intersection with Arizona Route 69.
The next 50 miles mark the transition from Arizona’s central mountains to the Colorado Plateau. The change is not as abrupt or spectacular as it is further east in Sedona on Arizona Route 89A, but by the time you reach Ash Fork you’ll know you’re on the plateau. Along the way you’ll pass through the Chino Valley and the headwaters of the Verde River in Paulden.
At Ash Fork, Route 89 joins Interstate 40 for the 54 mile trip to Flagstaff. This Interstate replaced US Route 66 which was cosigned with US Route 89. The downtown business district of Williams on old route 89/66 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take exit 161 when driving from the west or 165 from the east.
When approaching Flagstaff from the west, exit from I-40 at #191 and follow West Route 66 to South Milton Road which turns onto Sante Fe Avenue.
Basin and Range
Prescott, founded in 1864, was the first and third territorial capital of Arizona. At nearly a mile high, the climate is mild and a great place to get away from the desert’s heat. Find a unique gift, a delicious meal, or a comfortable bed on Whiskey Row. Home to boutiques, local eateries, and historic hotels, you are sure to find what their heart desires in historic Prescott.
Although it’s dubbed “The Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” visitors should slow down when they arrive in Williams lest they miss its Wild West charm. Main Street is one of the best preserved sections of historic Route 66 and Route 89 where you’ll find vintage neon signs on buildings that maintain their original 1940’s and 50’s character when a visit to Williams was the highlight of a cross-country family road trip.
View photo galleries of special attractions along Historic Highway 89 between Prescott and Flagstaff…
Towns, Cities and Reservations
Public Lands and Historic Places
Prescott National Forest
Kaibab National Forest
Little Chino Valley
Big Chino Valley
Big Black Mesa
San Francisco Peaks
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