About The Town Of Chino Valley

Cooler Than You’d Think

Situated just northwest of Prescott and surrounded by high, sandy-colored Chino Gama Grasses and rolling hills, Chino Valley is a place where people come to escape the big-city lifestyle and experience outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, our local micro-brewery, vineyard and more. From anywhere in Chino Valley, you can look up at the sky at night and see brilliant constellations and bright stars and with so much wide open space, it’s not unusual to see locals riding out on horseback and off-roading down Perkinsville to enjoy and explore all that the high desert has to offer. Many new residents and visitors find that they ask themselves, “Can this place be real?”

Once the Territorial Capital of Arizona, this former temporary settlement became the start of a prosperous community full of ranchers and farmers. These founding roots remain embedded in the culture and heritage of Chino Valley to this day.

This quiet, slow-paced community is a place where people learn how and love to relax. Surrounding hiking trails, swimming holes, and secret spots that only locals know offer endless opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. And you can’t talk about Chino Valley without mentioning the water – don’t forget your 5-gallon water jug during your next visit to fill up with the freshest Arizona water you have ever tasted!

About The Town Of Chino Valley


Where is Chino Valley located?

Chino Valley is located in the Central Highlands of Arizona. We are approximately 10 miles north of Prescott, 130 miles north of Phoenix and 100 miles southwest of Flagstaff. In just over 1.5 hours you can visit the Grand Canyon and in just over 3.5 hours you are in Las Vegas. 

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What are some fun and random facts about Chino Valley?

Chino Valley is home to the Pronghorn; the second fastest land mammal on earth. They are an ancient species dating back nearly 20 million years and one of the few living links to the ice age! 

The Town is 63.4 square miles, which is approximately 50% larger than Prescott or Prescott Valley, with about 25% of the population of each of those communities. Come discover Wide Open Spaces!

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A Look Back

The Original Territorial Capital of Arizona

Chino Valley’s history began with the declaration of Arizona as a United States Territory on Feb. 24 1863. The Post of Fort Whipple, the site of the first Territorial government, was set up near Del Rio Springs on December  23, 1863. In May 1864 it moved closer to Prescott. Within months settlers homesteaded the land and the long story of farming and ranching in Chino Valley began.  In 1909 the Atchison, Topeka &Santa Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey organization continued the farming tradition when they purchased the farm to supply the Fred Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe RR with milk, eggs, meat and produce.

 The coming of the railroad signaled a new era for Chino Valley.  Jerome Junction was created to provide a transfer point between the narrow gauge coming over from Jerome, AZ and the Sante Fe railroad going from Prescott to the main line at Ash Fork. The center of activity now moved there.  Continue reading…. Chino Valley History

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