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Prescott Valley, Arizona
Historic Prescott Valley Motel, built about 1966
Historic Prescott Valley Motel, built about 1966
Official seal of Prescott Valley, Arizona
Location in Yavapai County in the state of Arizona
Location in Yavapai County in the state of Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Yavapai
Incorporated (town) 1978
 • Town 38.7 sq mi (100.1 km2)
 • Land 38.7 sq mi (100.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,026 ft (1,532 m)
Population (2010)
 • Town 38,822
 • Estimate (2015) 42,197
 • Density 1,004.4/sq mi (387.8/km2)
 • Metro 218,844 (US: 199th)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 86312, 86314, 86315
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-57450
Massicks house, Fain Park
The 1895 Massicks house on Lynx Creek in Fain Park

Prescott Valley is a town with a current population (October 2016) of about 45,500 residents located in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, and a suburb of Prescott (although Prescott Valley is larger). Prescott Valley was the seventh fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona between 1990 and 2000. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 38,822.


Prescott Valley (locally, PV) is located in central Arizona approximately 85 miles (137 km) north of Phoenix at 5,100 feet (1,600 m). elevation. PV has good access to Arizona State Route 89, SR-89A and SR-69, connecting to Interstates 17 and 40. Air service is available at Ernest A. Love Field, about 8 miles (13 km) west.

One of PV’s landmarks, Glassford Hill (elevation 6,177 feet (1,883 m)) was once an active volcano between 10 and 14 million years ago. Colonel William A. Glassford traveled the area in the 1880s and helped build a system of 27 heliograph stations to monitor the movements of Apache Indians, U.S. military troops and civilians. Glassford Hill was a part of that early communications system. Today, it stands as an dormant volcano.


Prescott Valley’s Fitzmaurice Ruins contain artifacts from the early Mountain Patayan people who inhabited the area some 1,400 years ago.

The Walker party discovered gold along Lynx Creek in 1863. The Lynx Creek placers went on to produce a recorded 29,000 troy ounces (900 kg) of gold. Estimates of actual production range up to 80,000 troy ounces (2,500 kg), which would be worth about $85 million at 2011 prices.

Prescott Valley, formerly known as Lonesome Valley, was settled by ranchers in the 1880s, raising beef to supply the miners and new settlers. The Fain family, pioneer ranchers, still ranch in the valley.

Thomas Gibson Barlow-Massicks arrived in the area in the early 1890s and built the historic "castle" that still stands in Fain Park. Massicks had a hydraulic gold mining operation in Lynx Creek Canyon and built the company mining camp of Massicks, Arizona just east of his Victorian home, the Castle. The fireplace with chimney just inside the Castle's fence is all that remains of the Massicks store. Massicks accidentally shot himself and died in April 1899 at the age of 37. In the 1930s, there was a gold dredging operation, the Doodle Bug Diggings, farther east in Lynx Creek Canyon.

In the mid-1960s, Prescott Valley Incorporated, a real-estate company from Phoenix, purchased land in an area 10 miles east of Prescott known as Lonesome Valley. In 1966, representatives from Prescott Valley Inc. began traveling to the Midwest to sell home lots. By 1978, more than 1,500 residents were living in the unincorporated area now known as Prescott Valley. In 1978, 80% of the voters of Prescott Valley voted for incorporation as a town.

In 1985, Prescott Valley got its first licensed radio station. Today, The Mix 106.7 FM brings adult contemporary music to the Prescott Valley area as a proud member of Arizona's Hometown Radio Group.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 244
1980 2,284 836.1%
1990 8,904 289.8%
2000 23,535 164.3%
2010 38,822 65.0%
Est. 2015 42,197 8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate


Prescott was the location of Arizona's first Elks Lodge (BPOE). In December 1895 a group of enterprising businessmen in Prescott, sturdy products of the early west, charted the original petition for a dispensation and later established the Prescott Elks Lodge #330. "Mother Lodge of Arizona" The Prescott Elks Opera House was built by the lodge in 1905. The Prescott Elks Lodge now located in Prescott Valley and has served the community for over 116 years.


Prescott Valley is located within 10 minutes of the Prescott National Forest, with lakes, fishing, hiking and camping. The Entertainment District is located downtown and offers a variety of restaurants, a 6,000-seat events center, a multi-screen movie theater, and retail shops. Fain Park preserves remnants of early 20th century gold mining along Lynx Creek.

The Northern Arizona Suns, a minor league basketball team in the NBA Development League, plays out of the Prescott Valley Event Center. In April 2016, the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns purchased their affiliated NBA D-League team, the Bakersfield Jam, and relocated the team to Prescott Valley beginning with the 2016–17 season.

The Arizona Sundogs minor professional ice hockey team called Prescott Valley its home from 2006 to 2014. The team won the Central Hockey League championship in 2008.

The Arizona Adrenaline indoor football team played two seasons in the Tim's Toyota Center.

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