Chino Valley is pretty much under the radar. There aren’t any big PR or media campaigns touting the town and there’s not a lot of stuff on the Internet about it either. And it appears the community thinks that’s just fine. People here cherish Chino Valley’s small town feel and rural surroundings. With only 13,000 residents, it’s a good bet, if you live here, you’ll know a lot of them.
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If you like sunshine, this is the place to be. You will get, on average, 287 days of Arizona’s sparkling in Chino Valley. You’ll also get a foot of snow. Overall, the climate is temperate and that’s another reason people come to Chino Valley. Many come to enjoy, what locals call, “Big Sky Country.” If you’ve never seen it before you will be amazed that the label captures exactly what the skyline looks like here – big, really big! Read More...
Chino Valley is in Yavapai County, about 15-miles north of Prescott and really far away – both temperamentally and distance-wise – from Phoenix. Chino Valley is east of the Chino Hills mountain range. Chino Creek runs through a part of the valley.
While the pace of life is considerably slower in Chino Valley than you may find in towns closer to Phoenix, there are still plenty of things to do in the area, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors.
A popular pastime is hiking. Many like to horseback ride or zip around on mountain bikes on the Chino Valley Peavine Trail. The trail is just under 6-miles long and it is not very taxing. Because of its popularity, you’re likely to have some company walking the trail.
If you would like to connect more with your inner-self, the Garchen Institute Research Center is just the place. This 75-acres of tranquility can help relax the soul and teach you techniques of meditation. Treatments are available individually or in groups. This is definitely a good place to chill.
If chilling out is not your thing but old railroad trains are, the Verde Canyon Railroad will take you back to the days when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid routinely liberated funds from the area’s railroad barons.
The 40-minute trip takes you between the old mining towns of Clarkdale and Perkinsville. As you sit in the luxury cars from a bygone era, its easy to imagine old Butch Cassidy and the Kid, six-shooters drawn, pleading with the Woodcook, the stubborn railway clerk, to open the door to the mail car, give up the safe, and avoid being blown to smithereens.
After the train ride, if you care to imbibe in some local beverages - of the alcohol sort - there’s the Insurgent Brewing Company, the Log Cabin Bar, and Granite Creek Vineyards. And if you have a hankering for BBQ, Big Daddy E’s Smokin BBQ in Chino Valley is the place for you.
The 56,000 acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is very popular with the locals. Sunsets at the canyon are amazing as are the collection of wildlife which call this place home. However, many of these animals should be avoided. They include mountain lions and black bears. Despite this, the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is a wonderful place for camping, fishing, hiking, and just generally appreciating the wonders of Arizona’s natural beauty.
And Chino Valley’s beauty has long been recognized.
The name Chino Valley came from an army officer passing through the area in the 1850’s. In Spanish, Chino means grass and this soldier, noting the abundant grasslands and the area’s beauty, christened the place Chino Valley.
One of the first settlers of Chino Valley was a discharged U.S. cavalry officer named Robert Postle. He had been wounded during a skirmish with local Native Americans and thus had to retire from the military. Robert packed up his stuff and, claiming squatters rights, started a ranch in the Chino Valley area. In 1864, Postle’s ranch consisted of 500-acres which also produced hay, corn and wheat. Unfortunately, Postle died in 1871, leaving an 18-year old wife and three kids.
It didn’t take long for homesteaders to flood into the valley. In 1887, the railroad came to town and the area grew even more. Today, while the railroad is long gone, much of the rural feel that existed back then, remains.
Many Arizona towns have a history of wild cowboys shooting up the town or of gunfighters blazing away at each other. That’s not the case with Chino Valley. There are no reported instances of any gunfights or rowdy saloon brawls. Apparently, the slower paced life prevailed even then.
Back in the day, old Mr. Postle lived in one of the area’s few structures, an adobe hut which was the preferred style of housing in those days. Fortunately, the real estate offerings have improved greatly since the days when pretty much everything was made of mud baked bricks.
However, the number of houses for sale remains quite small. In fact, there are only a handful on the market right now, many of them are ranch style homes. The average and median price of a single-family dwelling in Chino Valley for the first quarter of 2022 is $595,233 and $515,000 respectively (per Prescott Area Assocation of Realtors).
Because it’s not cheap to buy a house in Chino Valley, it’s a really good idea to have a local, reputable real estate professional helping you out. At Arizona Network Realty their local agents and network of Preferred Referral Agents are expanding across the entire state so you get the local, real estate expertise you deserve and expect.
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