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Yarnell Arizona Located Left Of The Flat Mesa Called 'Antelope Peak.' Yarnell, Arizona. Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Yarnell Arizona Located Immediately Left Of
The Flat Hill Called "Antelope Peak."
Located Near The Center Of The Photo
Yarnell Arizona Main Street Highway 89 Looking North. Yarnell, Arizona. Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Yarnell Arizona Main Street Highway 89 Looking North
Bottom Of "Antalope Peak" On Immediate Right

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The quiet, small, unincorporated, community of Yarnell is located in Northern Arizona, in southern Yavapai County on U.S. Highway 89, at the top of Yarnell Hill, between Antelope Peak and the Weaver Mountains. It sits at an elevation of about 4,800 feet. It is surrounded by huge boulders, nestled among Oak and Juniper trees, intertwined with Skunk Bush, Scrub Oak, and Manzanita. Yarnell is about 75 miles northwest of Phoenix, 25 miles north of Wickenburg, and 33 miles south of Prescott.

Yarnell also includes a small community known as Glen Ilah and Yarnell is located about 3 miles south of the small town of Peeples Valley. Yarnell has its roots in mining and ranching. Yarnell's official location is: 34 degrees 13 minutes 21 seconds N, 112 degrees 44 minutes 59 seconds W ( 34.222569, -112.749608 )GR1.

The climate of Yarnell is mild all year round with a winter average temperature of 40.4 F degrees and a summer average temperature of 77.4 F degrees. It's winter record lowest temperature is -8 F degrees and it's summer record highest temperature is 105 F degrees. It's snowfall average is 1.6 Inches and it's average precipation is 1.3 Inches. It is said that Yarnell is "Where The Desert Breeze Meets The Mountain Air!"

Yarnell is home to several retirees and a place where people can escape the summer heat, smog, dust, and congestion of nearby Phoenix. It's ideal temperature and climate enable it's residents to grow wonderful gardens and fruit trees. In fact, some of the best tasting apples in Arizona can be grown in this ideal climate. The drinking water is slightly soft and very good to drink right from the faucet. There also are several small businesses and community services in Yarnell that meet the needs of it's residents and visitors.

While there are many "Events" going on in Yarnell to keep her residents happy; there are two major events held in Yarnell. These are: The "Buzzard's Bash" and "Yarnell Daze." "Generally Speaking" the fourth week of March hosts the annual "Buzzard's Bash", which welcomes back the seasonal flocks of Turkey Vultures ( Cathartes aura ) that migrate to Yarnell every year from Mexico. And "Yarnell Daze" is then "generally" held on the first weekend in May every year. This year in 2010, "Buzzard's Bash" was not held; "Yarnell Daze" is to be held on May 1, 2010. Be sure to come up and have some fun!

Another attraction of Yarnell is the thrill of one being able to ride a motorcycle up or down Yarnell Hill. This makes Yarnell a "Mecca" to the hundreds of motorcycle riders that love to ride through Yarnell to other areas of Yavapai County just about every week of the year. The "Ranch House Restaurant", in Yarnell is one of the favorite eating establishments for these bikers as well as just about anyone else in the area. However, there are several other restaurants that welcome "bikers" in Yarnell.

Of course, one of the best attractions of Yarnell is it's clean air and beautiful night time skies. Evidenced below with the two photographs of comets that graced Yarnell's sky just about a year apart in 1996 and 1997. Then there are the two photos of Comet Holmes during October of 2007.

A little known, but must see attraction in Yarnell is the Shrine of Saint Joseph of the Mountains.

In 1939 a group of Catholics called the Catholic Action League of Arizona, from Phoenix, 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 has his Garden of Gethsemane in Tucson, the Stations of the Cross in Yarnell is just as impressive and in a similar 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 mediate in its beautiful park - like setting.

There is a" lookout point" just southwest of Yarnell on U. S. Highway 89, before you begin your descent down into the Valley below. This is definately worth visiting.

U. S. Highway 89 travels four miles and drops 2,500 feet down the side of Table Top Mountain. The lookout point provides a panoramic view of the desert regions below. It is a view you wont soon forget.

You will want to stop and marvel at the sight below.

About half way down Yarnell Hill on U. S. Highway 89, you will see a white elephant painted on the rocks to the right side of the road. This is at a bend in the road that "bends like an elephants trunk." Thus, the white elephant on the side of the highway! This popular attraction is called, "Scooby The Elephant" or "Elephant Bend." The Arizona Highway Department calls it "grafitti" and tries to paint it over, but the local residents put "Scooby" back on the rocks where he belongs! The local paramedics use "Elephant Bend" as a location marker when they are dispatched to the aid of some unfortunate soul that needs their help. ie.."Below The Elephant or Above The Elephant."

Continuing down Yarnell Hill, you will notice a green frog on the west side of Highway 89 a little bit across from the Arrowhead Bar And Resturant. His name is "Rocky The Frog" and he has a story that he can tell.

"Rocky" was painted by Sara Perkins. Sara and her husband Eli Perkins, a newspaper man and state legislator, had taken up residence on Martinez Wash near the present day Arrowhead Bar And Restaurant. Sara had taken her sons out exploring the area and she soon discovered that there was a rock formation nearby that looked like a frog. It wasn't too long until Sara had painted the rocks bright green with black spots and a white underbelly. Later, in 1928 Highway 89 was built nearby and ever since then there have been numerous tourists stopping to photograph this unusual rock formation.

A little known fact is that, a man and his faithful dog, are buried next to the "Rocky." The man's name is, William Miller. He requested to be buried next to "Rocky." Mr. Miller passed away on January 19, 1940.

The area around where Yarnell is today was covered with small mining claims. Then in 1889, Harrison Yarnell found gold near Antelope Peak. The town grew slowly and was eventually named after him. Yarnell continued to own and operate the Yarnell Mine through the 1890s. The towns post office was established in 1892. Then in the 1940s, the mine was no longer profitable and was closed down. Today, Yarnell enjoys its small town feel. The town continues to have mining and cattle ranching as its major sources of economic activity. Yarnell also is developing a nice restaurant industry to feed the visitors to the area.

Although the town is named after a later prospector, it was Charles Genung (1839-1916), a well-known area pioneer, who first discovered gold near Yarnell. This was in 1865, two years after Abraham Harlow Peeples' discovered gold on Rich hill in neighboring Peeples Valley.

Harrison Yarnell, after whom the area is named, was a young man when made his discovery in 1873. The claim was sold a number of times, and although the find was a rich one, Yarnell found it necessary to apply for entrance to the Pioneer Home in Prescott in 1914. Obviously ashamed of his penury, he reportedly said, "I've tried hard to keep from this but I've fought my battle and I'm through". He died at the Pioneer Home two years later at the age of 63.

Even before the area received its name, it was an important point on the stage route extending from Ehrenberg to Wickenburg. The line branched at Yarnell and then continued through Antelope Valley to Prescott, and the stage stopped at a stone house in Glen Ilah, a "boulder park" in Yarnell.

Later, in 1922, a road was built from Prescott to Yarnell, and in 1933 it was extended and paved. When cars came up Yarnell hill, both the automobiles and their occupants needed respite. Passengers, thirsty and exhausted by the climb, were as dry as their cars' radiators. Merchants in Yarnell could take care of both kinds of thirst. In fact, Yarnell proved to be a very popular tourist stop; however, this diminished somewhat when the Black Canyon Highway (now known as I-17) rerouted traffic moving from the populous valley floor through Central Arizona.

A little known fact about Yarnell is that it was the home of Alessio Carraro, an Italian immigrant who had made his fortune in sheet metal in San Francisco. Alessio Carraro is the builder and first owner of the famous Tovrea Castle, in Phoenix. Tovrea Castle was listed on the Phoenix City Historic Property Registry in 1990 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Alessio Carraro died in 1964 while living by himself in a small trailer in Yarnell. But, he had built what is called "Carraro Castle" among the boulders of Yarnell.

The remains of what is called "Carraro Castle" can still be seen today on private property located about 300 feet East of the Shrine of Saint Joseph in Yarnell.

With regard to public buildings, early on Yarnell shared the honor of hosting the area's post office with Peeples Valley. Citizens established a school in 1937, the same year that a Catholic church was built there. The famous shrine to Saint Joseph was begun the following year.

Today Yarnell continues to grow as it serves the needs of tourists and area residents, many of whom are retired.

Yarnell is located on the Highway 89, Scenic Route to Prescott, Arizona. Yarnell is also listed as one of the communities to visit along the American Heritage Trail route. There is a link to the Yarnell Chamber Of Commerce at the bottom of this page.

Comet Holmes From Yarnell Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Comet Holmes From Yarnell Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Comet Holmes 24 Oct 2007
From Black Sky
Yarnell AZ
Using Hand Cranker
& Telephoto Lens.
Comet Holmes 25 Oct 2007
From Black Sky
Yarnell AZ
Using Hand Cranker
Comet Hale Bopp From Hillside Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Comet Hyakutake Near Yarnell Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Comet Hale Bopp
21 Mar 1997
From Nearby Hillside AZ
Early Morning Photo.
Comet Hyakutake 21 Mar 1996
From Black Sky South
Of Yarnell AZ.
Snow In Yarnell Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Snow In Yarnell Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Snow In Yarnell ArizonaSnow In Yarnell Arizona
Congress Arizona Gold. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Rich Hill Arizona Gold. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Theres' Gold
In Them There Hills
Found In Nearby
Congress Arizona
Rich Hill Gold Just
5 1/2 Miles
SW Of Yarnell
Scooby, Elephant Bend, Or Sign Of The Republican Bend On Yarnell Hill Road Arizona 89. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Yarnell Buzzards ( Cathartes aura ). Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
"Scooby" "Elephant Bend"
AKA "The Republican Bend"
On Yarnell Hill
Road Arizona 89
Yarnell Buzzards
( Cathartes aura ).
Yarnell Buzzards Roosting. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Yarnell Vulture ( Cathartes aura ). Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Yarnell Buzzards RoostingYarnell Vulture
( Cathartes aura ).
Yarnell Hill Lookout Point. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Yarnell Hill Lookout Point. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Yarnell Hill Lookout PointYarnell Hill Lookout Point
Vulture Peak From Yarnell Lookout Point. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Parker Dairy Farms And Fools Gulch Mine From Yarnell Lookout Point. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Vulture Peak From
Yarnell Lookout Point
Look In The
Far distance
Site Of The
Vulture Gold Mine
Parker Dairy Farms And
Fools Gulch Mine
From Yarnell
Lookout Point
The Shrine Of  Saint Joseph. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The Shrine Of  Saint Joseph. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The Shrine Of Saint JosephThe Shrine Of Saint Joseph
Congress Rocky The Frog  Below Yarnell Hill Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Congress Rocky The Frog  Below Yarnell Hill Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Congress
"Rocky The Frog."
Just Below
Yarnell Hill
On U. S. Highway 89
"I'm over
80 years old!"
I Was First Painted
By Sara Perkins!
Arrowhead Bar, Rock Frog Restaurant, Weaver Mining District Office. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Arrowhead Bar, Rock Frog Restaurant Across From Rocky The Frog. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
2009 Photo
Arrowhead Bar,
Rock Frog Restaurant
2009 Photo
Arrowhead Bar,
Rock Frog Restaurant
Across From
"Rocky The Frog."
Arrowhead Bar & Grill. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Arrowhead Bar & Grill. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
2013 Photo
Arrowhead Bar & Grill.
Across From
"Rocky The Frog."
2013 Photo
Arrowhead Bar & Grill.
Across From
"Rocky The Frog."
The Skull,  'Poor Yorick',  On The Date Creek Hillside Road, Yavapai County Road 62 Near Hawkins Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The Skull,  'Poor Yorick',  On The Date Creek Hillside Road, Yavapai County Road 62 Arizona. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
"What's That
White Object
In The Distance?"
Near Hawkins Arizona.
The "Skull",
"Poor Yorick"
5 Miles West Of
U. S. Highway 89
On The
Date Creek / Hillside Road
Yavapai County Rd. 62
Old Weaver Mining District Offices Located Below Yarnell Hill. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Old Weaver Mining District Offices Located Below Yarnell Hill. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Old Weaver Mining
District Offices
Located Below
Yarnell Hill.
Old Weaver Mining
District Offices
Located Below
Yarnell Hill.
New Weaver Mining District Offices Located Below Yarnell Hill. In Town Of Congress. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.New Weaver Mining District Offices Located Below Yarnell Hill. In Town Of Congress. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
New Weaver Mining
District Offices
Located Below
Yarnell Hill.
In Town Of Congress.
New Weaver Mining
District Offices
Located Below
Yarnell Hill.
In Town Of Congress.
Weaver Mining District Gold. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Weaver Mining District Gold. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Weaver Mining District GoldWeaver Mining District Gold
Hotel Stanton, Stanton Arizona, Location Of The Lost Dutchman Mining Association. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Stanton Oera House Stanton Arizona, Location Of The Lost Dutchman Mining Association. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Hotel Stanton
Stanton Arizona, Location Of The
Lost Dutchman Mining Association
Stanton Opera House
Stanton Arizona, Location Of The
Lost Dutchman Mining Association
'Carraro Castle' Built By Alessio Carraro, Near The Shrine of Saint Joseph. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.'Carraro Castle' Built By Alessio Carraro, Near The Shrine of Saint Joseph. Yarnell, Arizona Surrounding Communities And Attractions. Hikes, Travels, Tours, Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
"Carraro Castle" Near
The Shrine of Saint Joseph
"Carraro Castle" Near
The Shrine of Saint Joseph

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