Explore Yavapai County
Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots Learning & Tribute Center
Located in Prescott Valley at the Gateway Mall, the center opened on the five-year anniversary of the tragedy.
The center features displays highlighting each member of the Hotshots, information on fires they fought, items that were left by the public at their station in Prescott and a display for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park in Yarnell.
They sell merchandise and accept donations that benefit the wildland firefighter community.
The center is located at:
Prescott Gateway Mall
3250 Gateway Boulevard
Hours are Friday - Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm
For additional information, please contact: email@example.com
Download the center brochure HERE
Located along the American Heritage Trail Route, Yarnell is a quiet community at the foot of the Weaver Mountains. The White Spar Highway (89) is well-known to motorcycle riders heading to and from Prescott or Wickenburg who often stop at the popular Ranch House Restaurant before continuing their trip.
Mild temperatures and clear skies are common in Yarnell with great opportunities to stargaze along with stunning panoramic views of surrounding Peeples Valley, Congress, and Wickenburg. The area is also home to a seasonal flock of buzzards, which return to the area from Mexico each March. The area also includes several restaurants, art & gift shops and unique antique stores. Support local businesses and spend some time exploring this charming town.
The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains
A little-known but must-see attraction in Yarnell is the Shrine of Saint Joseph of the Mountains.
In 1939 the Catholic Action League of Arizona commissioned Felix Lucero, a Native American from Trinidad, Colorado, to create the Stations of the Cross in the Weaver Mountains about a half-mile west of "downtown" Yarnell. While not as famous as his Garden of Gethsemane in Tucson, the Stations of the Cross in Yarnell is just as impressive and in an equally magnificent setting. This hillside shrine has a chapel, the Way of the Cross, replicas of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Last Supper. Felix Lucero sculpted all of the work out of reinforced concrete. The life-sized pieces are set among an oak tree-shaded area amidst the boulders. Visitors can take a trail through the stations of the cross to see the statues or meditate in its beautiful park-like setting.
FOOD AND SHOPPING
There are a number of food options in town where you can grab a bite. There are also a variety of antique, art and collectible stores to explore.
Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park
This memorial, created by the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group and supported by donations, is located along Highway 89 and Shrine St. just across from the Yarnell Fire Department. The park highlights the events of 2013 and the effects it had on the community that lost homes and businesses to the fire. Visitors will also be able to learn about resources for fire mitigation and safety of their property built in natural areas. You can visit the group's website at yarnellarearesourcegroup.org.
Also, please visit the local Yarnell-Peeples Valley Chamber of Commerce for updated information on events in the area.
Nearby State Parks
Visit nearby Arizona State Parks.
Alamo Lake State Park
Jerome State Historic Park
Deadhorse Ranch State Park