Yarnell, Arizona

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Yarnell is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, USA. The population was 645 at the 2000 census. Yarnell's economy is based on ranching, mining and services to travelers and retirees. Peeples Valley, three miles north, is closely linked to Yarnell.



Gold was discovered in Yarnell about 1865 by Charles Genung (1839–1916), a well-known area pioneer. The community is named for Harrison Yarnell, a later prospector, who discovered the Yarnell mine in 1873. Old U.S. Route 89 (now State Route 89), which goes through Yarnell, was paved in 1933, and for many years was the main highway from Phoenix to Wickenburg, Prescott and northern Arizona.


Yarnell is located at 34°13′21″N 112°44′59″W / 34.2225°N 112.74972°W / 34.2225; -112.74972 (34.222569, -112.749608).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.9 km²), all of it land.


Yarnell Hill, which Highway 89 descends 2,500 feet in four miles, is a popular scenic drive. There is a developed lookout point at the top.

The Shrine of St. Joseph is a Christian religious monument which features statuary hidden in the boulders. A short trail leads visitors through the stations of the cross.

The ghost towns of Stanton, Octave, and Congress, Arizona are nearby. Weaver, Arizona features Rich Hill, the richest placer gold discovery in Arizona, discovered in 1863 by a party lead by mountain man Pauline Weaver and prospector A. H. Peeples. All are popular with amateur prospectors and ghost-town buffs.

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