The Manzanita Outfitters Story

After the last full-service outdoor retailer closed in Prescott in August 2006, Manzanita Outfitters took root that December, filling the demand for quality gear and apparel suited for both extreme outdoor enthusiasts and everyday adventurers. In 2011, we moved from our original location in Frontier Village, to expand, adding a full-service cyclery in the Depot Marketplace.

It is the mission of Manzanita Outfitters, and owner Dave Wheeler, to provide the Prescott area with a curated selection of the highest quality products, a knowledgeable and friendly staff of outdoor experts, and to give back both to Manzanita supporters with the Rewardz program, and our non-profit community partners through events like Giving Tuesday.

With a focus on customer service, we strive to provide a welcoming environment and an enjoyable experience for each and every Manzanita customer, outfitting your spirit of adventure with quality gear and apparel that is right for you – at the right price, too!

Community Counts!

Manzanita Outfitters celebrates our vibrant local community by supporting it! In fact, giving back is one of our core values. From sponsoring a wide range of local events to hosting our monthly Giving Tuesday, the spirit of philanthropy is to our business what the Colorado River is to the Grand Canyon!

Meet the experts!

Dave Wheeler

Owner/Founder

How long have you been working at Manzanita? Since 2006

Your favorite outdoor activity & why: Mountain biking, trail running, SUPing, camping

Your dream adventure destination? Patagonia

Audrey Hamann

Sales Floor Manager

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 2.5 years

Your favorite outdoor activity & why: Kayaking or stand up paddle board. I like just floating around.

Your dream adventure destination? Alaska! All of Alaska.

Jack Parziale

Sales Associate

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 2 months

Your biggest outdoor adventure/feat to date? Taking kids climbing in the Adirondacks

Your favorite hiking/biking/climbing spot in the Prescott area? Granite Mountain

 

Dore Thornton

Sales Associate

How long have you been working at Manzanita? On and off for 2.5 years

Your biggest outdoor adventure/feat to date? Completing my first 57km ultra marathon this spring

Your favorite hiking/biking/climbing spot in the Prescott area? All of the Prescott area trails are amazing, offering challenges for all levels. Mingus Mountain is my current fav! 

 

Jenny Moore

Soft Goods Buyer/Apparel and Footwear

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 6 years

Your best piece of adventure advice? Have a fabulous time!

One thing you never leave home without? Food and camera

Derek Mohler

Cyclery/Manager

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 1.5 years

Your biggest outdoor adventure/feat to date? Back when I used to ride road more, I did 75 miles one day and then went for 125 miles the following day.

Your favorite hiking/biking/climbing spot in the Prescott area? Trail #347 – Willow Trail. It’s fast and has more natural flow than you can shake a stick at.

Eric Hyland

Sales Associate

How long have you been working at Manzanita? For as long as I can remember… but Audrey says April 2017.

Your favorite outdoor activity & why: Mountainous Bicycling. It makes my butt look better in jeans.

Your dream adventure destination? New Zealand. I’ve heard winters in Mordor are remarkably mild.

Margaret Starnes

Sales Associate

How long have you been working at Manzanita? Since December 2015

Your best piece of adventure advice: Pack light, carry some food and water

One thing you never leave home without: My multi-purpose tool 

 

Lauren Catlett

Shipping & Receiving, Inventory, Warranties

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 9 years

Your favorite gear or product in the store? Everything!

What’s the best place to adventure in Arizona? Hart Prairie Wilderness

Nate Dawg

Cyclery/Mechanic

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 5 years

Your best piece of adventure advice? You can never have too many adventures!!

One thing you never leave home without? Common sense

Nik Delli Paoli

Sales Associate

How long have you been working at Manzanita? 1 year and 4 months

Your favorite gear or product in the store? Tarp poncho! They are a great multi-use item for all types of adventures.

What’s the best place to adventure in Arizona? Sycamore Canyon!