Valley is nestled comfortably in the mountains of central Arizona, at
an elevation of 4,750 feet. The Chino Valley area supports
a variety of vegetation. Spring is heralded by grand
tulips and daffodils. The summer landscape is marked with
bountiful vegetable gardens where corn, squash, and beans
harvest is celebrated at the annual corn dinner and dance
held each Labor Day. Autumn's colors, enhanced by profuse
evergreens native to the area, give a beautiful prelude to
the mild winters.
town is blessed with clean air, good soil, and an abundant
supply of pure water, proven to require no treatment.
Local wells provide most of the drinking water. Average
well depths range between 200 to 500 feet. The Chino
Valley Irrigation District, a 1,700 acre service area,
provides water for agricultural purposes. Whether your
dream is your own garden, a small farm or a large ranch,
Chino Valley has the resources to support your desires.
Affordable living is enhanced by local facilities
including parks, ball fields, free tennis courts, the Teen
Center, Community Center, Senior Center and animal
shelter. The community has a complete library, the fifth
largest public library in Yavapai County. The library
offers children's activities, and has an on line database
linked with other libraries in the county. A variety of
religious denominations are also well represented in the
Incorporated in 1970, the community is served by a fire
district facility as well as a local police department.
We're also proud of our County Sheriff's Posse, and the
Search and Rescue Team. Low drug and crime rates prevail.
Retirement in the quiet community is popular.
Location - Chino Valley is located in northern Arizona only 15 miles north of
Prescott, 150 miles from Phoenix, 90 miles from
Flagstaff, 30 miles from
Jerome, 36 miles from
Cottonwood, and about 50 miles from
Sedona. You can even make a day trip to the
Grand Canyon from Chino Valley.
Climate - Chino Valley has a mild climate and a gentle four seasons. We enjoy
300 plus days of sunshine every year, and have an average
rainfall of 10.6 inches. The
average winter low temperature is 21 degrees and the
summer high is 92 degrees.
Population/Size - Chino Valley's population growth rate from 1990 to 2000
was 62%. Current town residents number approximately
Sources: Arizona Department of Commerce and U.S.
* Local sources estimate the trade area population to
be more than 25,000.
Real Estate - Chino Valley offers many choice home sites for all
citizens. From a 60 x 100 to a 5 acre parcel; single
family homes, apartments, mobile home parks, and permanent
mobile home sites are available. Except for a limit of one
swine on certain one-acre minimum parcels, local town
zoning permits any type or number of farm animals per
acre, keeping within health department standards. Chino
Valley regulations are less restrictive than the county's.
Major Employers - The economy of Chino Valley is based on a mix of retail,
commercial and government activities. Major employers
include American Sandstone, the Chino Valley School
District, Safeway, Town of Chino Valley, Performance
Accessories, NAB Nursery, Willow Creek Greenhouse, U.S.
Forest Service, Hunts True Value Lumber and Dewitt
Brothers Trucking & Construction. Twenty other
businesses employ between five and 15 employees each, and
there are numerous small business and service-type
the significant growth in Chino Valley, employment has
been created in construction, service and supplies.
Agriculture is also a viable business. Willow Creek
Greenhouses and other nurseries and agricultural producers
are active in the area. Affordable land and the
availability of services will continue to attract new
businesses in the future.
Chino Valley has two
elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and
two state charter schools (grades 1-8). Enrollment is
approximately 2,300 students. Also,
Yavapai Community College (YCC)
and two private colleges, Prescott College and
Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University, are available.
Northern Arizona University,
in partnership with YCC, offers undergraduate and graduate
programs; for information call (928) 445-5231.
Health Care - There are two hospitals with 217
and 127 beds, both 16 miles away in Prescott. In-town
ambulance service is available as is a new health
facility. Medical professionals in the area include five
doctors, one physician's assistant, one dentist, one
optometrist, four chiropractors and two veterinarians. In
addition counseling services are available.
addition to communication resources from the rest of the
state, Chino Valley has an area daily newspaper, a weekly
and local interest magazine, a community access channel
and receives several radio stations and television
channels from Prescott, Phoenix, and Flagstaff. Chino
Valley is completely wired with coaxial cable for cable
History - Chino Valley is the site of the first Territorial Capital
of Arizona. The capital moved to Prescott, 15 miles
away, in 1864. U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple,
while traveling through the area in 1854, gave the
community its name. "Chino" is the Mexican name for the
abundant curly grama grass growing in the area.
1895, a narrow gauge branch of the United Verde and
Pacific Railroad to Jerome, joining the Prescott and
Arizona Central, was completed, and Jerome Junction was
established. Between 1900 and 1925, the activities of
Jerome Junction were absorbed by Chino Valley.
and the surrounding area have experienced explosive growth
since the town was incorporated in 1970. The greater Chino
area has over 12,000 residents who primarily shop in Chino
Valley. Yavapai County is 40,000 square miles and is
nearly half the size of North Dakota.
Recreation - Outdoor activities are plentiful
close to Chino Valley. The Granite Mountain Wilderness is
filled with hiking trails. The Granite Dells are unique
rock formations just outside of town. These formations are
great for rock climbers and scenic place to admire
nature’s beauty. Cultural attractions abound near Chino
Valley. The Sharlot Hall Museum tells the story of
Arizona’s past through artifacts and buildings, while the
Smoki Museum has many ancient artifacts of the Native
Americans. These are great places to learn about the area.
- serves our retired population in a variety of ways.
Daily lunches are served and the Meals on Wheels program
provides meals for shut-ins. Their monthly calendar
includes activities such as music, ceramics, pinochle,
table games, exercise classes, line dancing, international
folk dancing, bus trips, fabric painting, needle crafts
and pot luck dinners. It is people like Ruth Gilpin, an
area resident for over 70 years, and active in many civic
projects, who give Chino Valley area that old-fashioned,
neighborly approach to community leadership.