Yarnell, Arizona

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Yarnell, Arizona
Sign at entrance to Yarnell
Sign at entrance to Yarnell
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Yarnell, Arizona is located in the United States
Yarnell, Arizona
Yarnell, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°13′21″N 112°44′59″W / 34.22250°N 112.74972°W / 34.22250; -112.74972Coordinates: 34°13′21″N 112°44′59″W / 34.22250°N 112.74972°W / 34.22250; -112.74972
CountryUnited States
 • Total8.82 sq mi (22.86 km2)
 • Land8.82 sq mi (22.86 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
4,780 ft (1,457 m)
 • Total649
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
ZIP code
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-84980
GNIS feature ID0014039

Yarnell is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The population of Yarnell was 649 at the 2010 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.

On June 30, 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire destroyed half of the town and killed 19 firefighters.[3]


Yarnell is located at 34°13′21″N 112°44′59″W / 34.22250°N 112.74972°W / 34.22250; -112.74972 (34.222569, -112.749608).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.8 square miles (23 km2), all of it land.


Top of Yarnell Hill looking toward Wickenburg.

Yarnell Hill, which Highway 89 descends 1,300 feet in four miles,[5] is a popular scenic drive. There is a developed lookout point at the top - only accessible from the downhill road.

The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains 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 are nearby, as well as Harper's Flat being the first place on the right (east side of highway) at the top of Yarnell Hill, which also contains the old rest area for the highway that was built in 1925 and old mining buildings; the original stage road to the town of Stanton is on this property as well and still visible. A very interesting place to visit, although it is private property, the owners do allow people to drive through and take photos; this property is just south of St. Mary's Catholic church. (The church is being torn down in 2017) Rich Hill in Weaver was the richest placer gold discovery in Arizona, discovered in 1863 by a party led by the mountain man Pauline Weaver and the prospector A. H. Peeples. All are popular with amateur prospectors and ghost town buffs.

Yarnell offers great hiking, utv riding, gold prospecting, shopping, restaurants, bars and so much more.

Yarnell also includes a small community known as Glen Ilah.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

At the 2000 census,[7] there were 645 people, 359 households and 188 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 73.1 per square mile (28.2/km²). There were 516 housing units at an average density of 58.5/sq mi (22.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.90% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 1.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 359 households of which 10.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% were non-families. 40.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.80 and the average family size was 2.35.

11.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 1.7% from 18 to 24, 16.4% from 25 to 44, 37.7% from 45 to 64, and 33.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.0 males.

The median household income was $24,792 and the median family income was $35,417. Males had a median income of $33,333 compared with $23,750 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $18,837. About 11.5% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.


The Yarnell Elementary School District #52 serves students in grades Pre-K to 8. High school students are taught in local high school districts.[8]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Yarnell Hill Fire: Wildfire grows to more than 2,000 acres, 19 firefighters killed". ABC 15 News. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Yarnell Hill Fire". July 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ Yarnell Elementary School District #52

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