What are the Dells?
Quality of Life
Watson and Willow Lakes, Granite and Willow Creeks, and numerous winding side canyons are recognized by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.
The many secluded nooks and crannies in this mosaic of rocks, grassland, and forest provides habitat for a variety of wild animals.
The dynamic landscape of wet and dry habitats is host to many reptiles and amphibians, including the Sonoran Kingsnake.
Many visitors and residents alike mistakenly believe that the Dells are protected public lands. However,only 25% of the roughly 3,000 acres of the rocky Granite Dells area is "open space" protected by the City of Prescott. Another 25% of the Dells are already subdivided into house lots, many of which have been developed, and 15% is owned by the Arizona State Land Department and is subject to auctioning off to the highest bidder. That leaves about 1,000 acres of unprotected Dells at threat of development - and loss of public access.
Arizona "Eco" Development's conceptual 850 acre "Homestead" development would bring roads, homes, and a high-end resort-complex into the heart of the Dells - on both sides of the Peavine and Iron King Trails. If approved by the City, this development would encompass almost 350 acres of completely undeveloped, rocky and rugged Dells landscape treasured by our community. Look at how much land is currently being developed into housing, commercial, and industrial use: Is destroying 1/3 of the rest of the Dells the best decision for Prescott?
Save the Dells is a grassroots group of Prescott area residents committed to preserving the iconic Granite Dells landscape as permanently protected public open space for the benefit of wildlife, for our quality of life, and for a sustainable economy. Join us in saving this spectacular crown jewel of Prescott from major development threats!
Submit your contact information and we will keep you up to date with news and ways you can get involved; you can also contribute to our cause by donating to our Political Action Committee using the button below. Help us to ensure we have a beautiful community for years to come!