Granite Dells Reflection

Granite Dells Reflection

The Prescott Peavine Trail follows the path built for the Sante Fe Railroad.  Several side trails explore the east side of Watson Lake and its Dells.  According to trail signs, Watson Lake, created as a reservoir, is named after James Watson, an Indiana senator who invested in area irrigation projects.  Geologists estimate that the granite in this area is 1.4 billion years old.  The Dells owe their distinctive form to long-term weathering of natural cracks in the granite.  The City of Prescott purchased this area in 1998.  This hike on my last “official” vacation day featured prickly poppies and thistle in bloom; a heron in flight; and light rain on my exit.