Attractions and History of Yarnell, Arizona

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Our local abuse attorney in Yarnell has sponsored this post outlining the history of the small town and attractions for visitors.

A Brief Yarnell, AZ History

Yarnell dates back to about 1865, when Charles Genung discovered gold. A later prospector, Harrison Yarnell opened the Yarnell Mine in 1873, and it was he who the town was named after. Yarnell is known for its high karat gold. The Yarnell mine operated until 1940 when it ceased to be profitable. 

The old US Route 89, now State Route 89, was paved through the town in 1933. It was the main highway for many years connecting Phoenix to Wickenburg, and Prescott to northern Arizona.

Yarnell Hill Fire

In 2013, there was a deadly fire, known as the Yarnell Fire which happened on July 30th. Almost half of the town was destroyed by the fire which started due to a lightning strike. The Granite Mountain Headshots, a group within the fire department specializing in fighting wildfires, lost 19 of the 20 men who were fighting the fire. This fire was one of the single deadliest wildfires and the greatest loss of life for firefighters in a wildfire since 1933.

On July 30th, the dry lightening ignited part of the lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management, and a long-term drought and strong winds led to the rapid spread. The town was put under mandatory evacuation orders and part of State Route 89 closed. About 127 buildings in Yarnell were destroyed along with the loss of 19 firefighters.


As of the 2020 census, there were 570 people living in Yarnell, down from the 2000 census when there were 645 people recorded living in the town. Looking at the 2000 census, 96.9% of the residents were white, and 1.6% of residents identified as being from more than one race, and 1.9% identified as Hispanic or Latino of any race. The small town only had 10% of houses with a child under the age of 18, and the median age was 57 years old. Many retirees enjoy living in Yarnell.

Things To Do In Yarnell

Yarnell has a number of outdoor activities thanks to the beautiful scenery surrounding the area.

  • Hiking in the Weaver Mountains
  • Yarnell Daze - a yearly festival for over 50 years
  • Buzzard's Bash - a picnic to welcome vulture flocks back from Mexico

Shrine of St Joseph

Located in the Weaver Mountains is the Shrine of Saint Joseph of the Mountains. In 1939, the Catholic Action League of Arizona commissioned Felix Lucero to create the Stations of the cross. Lucero is a Native American artist from Colorado who has created other works of art across Arizona. The Shrine is built out of reinforced concrete, with life-sized pieces of art intertwined between oak trees and boulders.  There are depictions of the Last Supper, crucifixion and resurrection, and it took several years to create.

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