Yavapai County

Yavapai County is one of the oldest counties in the state of Arizona. Named after the Yavapai Tribe whose name means “people of the sun,” Yavapai County has a rich history in gold mining, remnants of U.S. Calvary forts and Indian dwellings.

Located in the center if Arizona and the Ponderosa pine forests it has a wonderfully mild four season climate with bountiful sunshine 300 days a year. The county includes Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley among others.

The city of Prescott remains the County Seat of Yavapai County. “Everybody’s Hometown,” downtown Prescott has a small town flavor with the center square holding the granite courthouse in a beautiful setting of green grass and large beautiful trees. Surrounding streets have a great variety of shops from restaurants and boutique shops to specialty shops for hiking gear. With nearly 450 miles of hiking trails in the 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest, you may just wear out a pair of boots trying to hike them all.

The town of Prescott Valley, formerly known as Lonesome Valley, was settled by ranchers in the 1880s who raised beef to supply miners and new settlers. In 1863 Gold was discovered at Lynx Creek in Prescott by the Walker Party. In all a recorded 29,000 troy ounces was produced. Some estimates of the actual gold produced at Lynx Creek reach as high as 80,000 troy ounces and at 2011 gold prices the worth would be approximately $85 million.

The town of Chino Valley is the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona. “Chino” is the Spanish name for the abundant curly grama grass that grows in the area. U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple gave the town its name.

Yavapai County offers magnificent views, wonderfully mild temperatures and adventure at every turn, the perfect environment to purchase a home and experience small town living with easy access to large metropolitan areas such as Phoenix, Flagstaff and Mesa.
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