Yavapai County Community Health

Prescription For Nature

Two women hiking on trail in woods

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

Building healthier minds, bodies and spirits through a connection with nature. Prescription for Nature encourages a healthier well-being through outdoor physical activity.

The trails selected for the program have been rated by the level of difficulty and accessibility to help patients and families find a path suited to their needs and physical ability.

Being active while connecting with nature can reduce your risk of:

  • Heart Disease

  • Hypertension

  • Diabetes

  • Stress

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Osteoporosis and Arthritis

Approved Trails

Dead Horse State Park

Canopy Trail: 

A 0.25 mile ADA accessible trail looping under a Freemont Cottonwood tree canopy giving park visitors with limited mobility an opportunity to get off the beaten path. Excellent for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Starts and ends in the River Day Use Area.

  • Lagoon Loop 1 – One accessible loop around each lagoon. West lagoon 0.39 miles.
  • Lagoon Loop 2 – Middle Lagoon 0.41 miles.
  • Lagoon Loop 3 – East Lagoon 0.73 miles. 
  • Coming Soon – Black Canyon, Heritage Park and Cliff Rose Trail 

Accessed from any of the lagoon parking lots, these trails allow you to stroll around the lagoons. We do request that horses not be taken around lagoon banks.

Desert Foothills Land Trust offers a similar program found here https://www.dflt.org/about-rx-for-nature if you are interested in Prescription for Nature Trails outside Yavapai County

Prescription for Nature Info Graphic

Two women on hiking trail smiling with scarves on.
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