Gorgeous Granite Dells rise from Watson Lake near Prescott


Introducing the OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket collection! 100% recycled fabric made from 21 plastic bott
DSCF1043.jpgArizona is home to three national parks that millions of people travel to each year to see some of the state’s most amazing natural wonders. But there’s one city park just north of Prescott with some truly unique wonders of its own.

DSCF1059.jpg

dell-definitionWatson Lake is a man-made reservoir that was cleverly designed to accent an amazing natural phenomenon known as Granite Dells. The area consists of exposed bedrock and large boulders of granite that have eroded into an unusual lumpy, rippled montage. The result is visually stunning!

DSCF1060.jpg

Click any image for larger view.

Watson Lake activities:

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Camping (summer only)
  • Photography

DSCF1035.jpg

Watson Lake facts:

  • Surface area 70 acres (28 ha)
  • Average depth 50 ft (15 m)
  • Surface elevation 5,100 ft (1,600 m)
  • Remains ice free all year
  • 5.2 mile hiking trail around the lake
  • Stocked with bass, crappie and catfish

The granite here has been dated at 1.4 billion years old by scientists. Through a process called spheroidal weathering the huge boulders that make up the Dells have since been eroded away. Weathering along joints produced the rounded boulders and other unusual rock formations that characterize the Granite Dells.

20171230_113103.jpg

Get a close up look at the beautiful rock formations of Watson Lake from the perspective of a kayaker in this video on the AZ Wonders YouTube channel:

Here’s the way to Watson Lake:

Advertisements

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s