Please practice safe hiking. Avoid mid-day heat, bring plenty of water, know your limits, start early and bring a friend.
Explore Yavapai County
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.
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.
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. Tax-deductible donations can be made to support the park's development and commemorative bricks are also available to purchase. A future shuttle service linking this park to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, two-miles south on HIghway 89, is also planned.
Visit the local Yarnell-Peeples Valley Chamber of Commerce for updated information on events.
Nearby State Parks
Visit nearby Arizona State Parks.
Alamo Lake State Park
Jerome State Historic Park
Deadhorse Ranch State Park