Prescott Valley, Arizona

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
Skyline of Prescott Valley civic center.jpg
Location of Prescott Valley in Yavapai County, Arizona
Location of Prescott Valley in Yavapai County, Arizona
Prescott Valley is located in Arizona
Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley
Location in Arizona
Prescott Valley is located in the United States
Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°36′36″N 112°18′57″W / 34.61000°N 112.31583°W / 34.61000; -112.31583Coordinates: 34°36′36″N 112°18′57″W / 34.61000°N 112.31583°W / 34.61000; -112.31583
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (town)1978
 • Town CouncilMayor Kell Palguta, Vice Mayor Lori Hunt; Council Members: Brenda Dickinson, Michael Greer, April Hepperle, Lucy Leyva, Kendall Schumacher
 • Town40.47 sq mi (104.80 km2)
 • Land40.47 sq mi (104.80 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
5,026 ft (1,532 m)
 • Town46,785
 • Density1,156.18/sq mi (446.40/km2)
 • Metro
218,844 (US: 199th)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
ZIP codes
86312, 86314, 86315
Area code928
FIPS code04-57450
GNIS feature ID33193

Prescott Valley is a town located in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, approximately 8 miles (13 km) east of Prescott. According to the 2020 United States Census, Prescott Valley has a population of 46,785 residents.[2]


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Prescott Valley's Fitzmaurice Ruins contain artifacts from the early Mountain Patayan people who inhabited the area some 1,400 years ago.[3] The Walker Party discovered gold along Lynx Creek[4] in 1863. The Lynx Creek placers went on to produce a recorded 29,000 troy ounces (900 kg) of gold. Estimates of actual production range up to 80,000 troy ounces (2,500 kg), which would be worth about $138 million at 2020 prices.[5]

Prescott Valley, formerly known as Lonesome Valley, was settled by ranchers in the 1880s, raising beef to supply the miners and new settlers. The Fain family, pioneer ranchers, still ranch in the valley.[6]

Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks arrived in the area in the early 1890s and built the historic "castle" that still stands in Fain Park. Massicks had a hydraulic gold mining operation in Lynx Creek Canyon and built the company mining camp of Massicks, Arizona just east of his Victorian home, the castle. The fireplace with chimney just inside the castle's fence is all that remains of the Massicks store. Massicks accidentally shot himself and died in April 1899 at the age of 37. In the 1930s, there was a gold dredging operation, the Doodle Bug Diggings, farther east in Lynx Creek Canyon.[7]

In the mid-1960s, Prescott Valley Incorporated, a real-estate company from Phoenix, purchased land in an area 10 miles east of Prescott known as Lonesome Valley. In 1966, representatives from Prescott Valley Inc. began traveling to the Midwest to sell home lots. By 1978, more than 1,500 residents were living in the unincorporated area now known as Prescott Valley. In 1978, 80 percent of the voters of Prescott Valley voted for incorporation as a town.[6] The Town celebrated its 40th anniversary during 2018.

In 1985, Prescott Valley got its first licensed radio station. The station was the first solar powered FM station in the United States. Today, Arizona's Hometown Radio Group has grown to seven stations throughout Arizona.[8]


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Prescott Valley (locally, PV) is located in central Arizona approximately 85 miles (137 km) north of Phoenix at 5,100 feet (1,600 m). elevation. PV has good access to Arizona State Route 89, SR-89A and SR-69, connecting to Interstates 17 and 40. Air service is available at Ernest A. Love Field, approximately 8 miles (13 km) northwest.

One of PV's landmarks, Glassford Hill (elevation 6,177 feet (1,883 m)) was an active volcano between 10 and 14 million years ago.[9] Colonel William A. Glassford traveled the area in the 1880s and helped build a system of 27 heliograph stations to monitor the movements of Apache Indians, U.S. military troops and civilians. Glassford Hill was a part of that early communications system.[10]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

According to 2020 census,[12] there were 46,785 people and 21,276 households residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 78.7% non-Hispanic White, 0.9% Black or African American, 1.3% American Indian, 1.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander and 10.4% from two or more races. 19.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of 2020, there were 19,357 households and the average household size was 2.37. The median income for a household in the Town was $60,033 and the per capita income for the town was $30,686. About 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line.


Prescott Valley's economy consists of industrial, manufacturing, retail and service businesses. Many retirees live there due to relatively inexpensive housing and the mild climate.

Top employers[edit]

According to the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation,[13] the top employers in the town as of April 2022 are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Yavapai Regional Medical Center - East Campus 756
2 Humboldt Unified School District 679
3 MI Windows and Doors 440
4 Ace Hardware Retail Support Distribution Center 418
5 Walmart 380
6 Town of Prescott Valley 273
7 Fry's Food Store 232
8 Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital 195
9 Home Depot 180
10 Safeway, Inc. 160


According to the Köppen climate classification, Prescott Valley has a cold semi arid climate (abbreviated BSk).

Climate data for Prescott Valley, 1991–2020 simulated normals (5118 ft elevation)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 52.7
Daily mean °F (°C) 39.2
Average low °F (°C) 25.7
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.39
Average dew point °F (°C) 21.6
Source: Prism Climate Group[14]


Prescott was the location of Arizona's first Elks Lodge (BPOE). In December 1895 a group of enterprising businessmen in Prescott, sturdy products of the early west, chartered the original petition for a dispensation and later established the Prescott Elks Lodge #330. "Mother Lodge of Arizona" The Prescott Elks Opera House was built by the lodge in 1905. The Prescott Elks Lodge is now located in Prescott Valley and has served the community for more than 116 years.


Prescott Valley is located within 10 minutes of the Prescott National Forest, with lakes, fishing, hiking and camping. The Entertainment District is located downtown and offers a variety of restaurants, a 6,000-seat events center,[15] a multi-screen movie theater, and retail shops. There are 27 parks. Fain Park preserves remnants of early 20th century gold mining along Lynx Creek.[16][17]


The Northern Arizona Suns, a minor league basketball team in the NBA G League, played in the Findlay Toyota Center from 2016 to 2020.

The Arizona Sundogs minor professional ice hockey team called Prescott Valley its home from 2006 to 2014. The team won the Central Hockey League championship in 2008.

The Arizona Adrenaline indoor football team also played two seasons in the Tim's Toyota Center (now the Findlay Toyota Center.) A new team, the Northern Arizona Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, began play in 2021 and won the league's National Championship in 2022.

Prescott Valley's Mountain Valley Splash is an outdoor community pool that seasonally offers children's swim lessons, water aerobics, school swim team practices, and recreational swim. The pool features a splash pad, fountains and a water slide.

Parks and Trails[edit]

Prescott Valley has over 300 acres of community parks and trails [18] that are open to the public. Parks range from athletic fields to playgrounds, walking paths, and waterways. The trails offer a variety of terrain and views depending on time of year/seasons.

Fain Park[edit]

The Fain family, who were one of the original pioneer families to settle in Prescott Valley, donated the land in which Fain Park is located to the citizens of Prescott Valley. The Fain Lake is located within the park. Also located in the park is the Victorian British Manor known as “The Castle”. The structure was built in 1891, by English entrepreneur Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks. Barlow-Massicks established a gold mining operation and some of the equipment which he used is on display there. The Chapel of the Valley opened in 2002. The stained glass windows of the chapel, made in 1906 in Germany, once belonged to the Mercy Hospital which burned to the ground in 1940. Henry Lovell Brooks (1912–2006), an educator and organist for the First Congregational Church in Prescott, helped build the Chapel of the Valley and donated the windows and a 1877 Estey Reed Pipe Organ. Fain Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Lynx Creek District, on August 31, 1978, reference # 78000571. Fain Park is located at south of Arizona State Route 69 and east of Stoneridge Drive.[19]

Pictured are the following:

  • The Lynx Creek District National Register of Historic Places marker.
  • The Fain Park waterfall
  • The Fain Park Bridge over Fain Lake.
  • The Lynx Creek Dam.
  • A 30” diameter pipe constructed from individual tubes, riveted together to control the flow of water during the hydraulic gold mining process.
  • A refurbished Gold Stamp Mill and other mining equipment.
  • The Barlow-Massicks Victorian British Manor "The Castle" and the manor's storage shack and tool shed.
  • The ruins of what was once the Massicks Stage Stop and Post Office and, plus that of a wagon.
  • A 1906 Stained Glass window and dedication in the Chapel of the Valley.
  • The 1877, Estey Reed Pipe Organ which Henry Lovell Brooks donated to the Chapel of the Valley.
  • Chapel of the Valley marker.


Picture of yavaline bus in front of Prescott Valley civic center.jpg

There are three main thoroughfares in and around Prescott Valley which include Arizona State Route 89A, Arizona State Route 69 and Fain Road. Arizona State Route 89A is a four lane divided highway that connects Prescott Valley to northern Prescott and Ernest A. Love Field Airport to the west and to the east Jerome, Cottonwood and Sedona. Arizona State Route 69 is a six lane roadway that connects Prescott Valley to downtown Prescott and Interstate 17. Fain Road is a four lane limited access freeway that links Arizona State Route 89A and Arizona State Route 69 in the east. In 2006 the town of Prescott Valley proposed the Great western Corridor from Arizona State Route 89A to Outer Loop road in Chino Valley, Arizona.[20]

Created in 2022, the YavaLine Regional Transit System (“YAV”) is the first-ever transit service in the Prescott Valley area. The YAV is starting with a shared ride, on-demand service.[21]

Notable people[edit]

  • Sharlot Hall's family had a ranch between present-day Prescott Valley and Dewey. She lived there from 1890 to about 1925.[22]


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  3. ^ "Prescott History".
  4. ^ Lynx Creek
  5. ^ "USD Gold Price Charts & Historical Data". APMEX. Retrieved Aug 30, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Jean Cross, 2009, Images of America: Prescott Valley, Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-7070-2
  7. ^ "Sharlot Hall Museum". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved Aug 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Arizona's Hometown Radio".
  9. ^ "About Prescott Valley". Town of Prescott Valley. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Prescott Valley Historical Society".
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Prescott Valley town, Arizona". Retrieved Aug 30, 2019.
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  14. ^ "PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University". Northwest Alliance for Computational Science & Engineering (NACSE), based at Oregon State University. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  15. ^ "Prescott Valley Event Center". Prescott Valley Event Center. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Prescott".
  17. ^ "Great Reasons to Move to Prescott, AZ". prescottenews. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "YavaLine Regional Transit System | Prescott Valley, AZ - Official Website". Retrieved 2022-12-09.
  22. ^ "Orchard Ranch history". Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved Aug 30, 2019.

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