Just 15 miles north of the hustle and bustle of Prescott rests Chino Valley—a quiet, charming, and friendly little town that is the perfect mix of modern and rural. The town of Chino Valley has a mild climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year—mix this with its deeply rich soil, and you’re left with a perfect location for gardeners, farmers, and ranchers alike. Residents enjoy breathing the cleanest air, drinking the purest water, and taking in the glorious blue skies over vast expanses of undisturbed land—most would argue it is literally the perfect place to call home for anyone who loves the outdoors and relaxing in the refreshing rural serenity. Though Chino Valley has a small-town feel, the job market is thriving with commerce and amenities. With plenty of local eateries and even a vineyard, this rural town offers a slower paced lifestyle in contrast to the larger surrounding towns. The homes in Chino Valley offer something for every level of taste and preference—including everything from affordable single-family homes to custom-built luxury.
Chino may be small, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. Yavapai College offers an array of events all year round, including live music, theater, dance, comedy, and art. Chino’s complete library system is just a small example of what makes this small town so amazing—while the diversity in business is another. The 100-year-old homestead of Granite Creek Vineyards is the perfect staycation destination, where you can find wine tastings and live music abound. The town in and of itself is like a delightful getaway from the stresses of everyday life—with year-round activities, like the Labor Day Corn Dinner & Dance, or the Chino Family Christmas Tree Decorating and Lighting. You’d be hard pressed to find a small town that is fuller in activities than Chino Valley, AZ.
Chino Valley has a proud history as the first Territorial Capital of Arizona, dating back to 1864 when Union troops were sent by Abraham Lincoln to guard the western U.S. from a Confederate incursion. From the time the Union troops arrived until 1925, Chino Valley had a progressive and booming railroad business, but after the railroad boom, residents of Chino took to farming and ranching as an alternative, due to the town’s rich soil. The economic growth hasn’t slowed—with agriculture, retail, and commercial industry, all coming together in a mix of small business, service industry, and large corporations, the job market in Chino Valley is thriving.
The town of Chino Valley has no shortage of fun things to do. Whether it be staying active in the Arizona sunshine or taking a wine tour through its gorgeous vineyards, Chino can make any day an adventure! The possibilities for outdoor activities and recreation are essentially endless—with several parks and ball fields to choose from, and even volleyball and tennis courts! Maybe you’re wanting a bit more wilderness while enjoying the outdoors? Chino Valley’s Woodchute Mountain offers miles of hiking, horseback riding, and biking trails amongst gorgeous views that are just waiting to be discovered. There is even an extensive community center system, offering a recreation for everyone from children to seniors, and everyone in between. Chino Valley’s Aquatic Center is another communal gem, featuring an outdoor pool and even a waterslide! So, come to Chino, where the possibilities are limitless!
The Chino Valley Unified School District is home to four schools—including Territorial Elementary (an Arizona Benchmark School), Del Rio Elementary (which was proudly named a National Blue-Ribbon School), Heritage Middle, and Chino Valley High—and serves the students of greater Chino Valley to an exceptionally outstanding education. To help further the potential of all of our students, CVHS partners with the local community college in Chino Valley, Yavapai College, to offer dual enrollment programs, allowing high school students to obtain college credit! The local high school in Chino also boasts an award-winning Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. While the public schools in Chino Valley are beyond extraordinary, there are also two local charter schools in Chino—Mingus Springs and Excel Education Center—both offering an alternative to public education while maintaining comparable educational opportunities. The educational opportunities in Chino Valley are unparalleled and our residents are truly proud of our students and what the future holds for them!