Things to Do in Chino Valley AZ
One only has to look at the beauty of our mountains and forests to know that hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, trail-riding and exploration opportunities abound, whether on foot, horseback, bicycle or ATV. Check with the Chino Valley Ranger District – Prescott National Forest at 735 N. Highway 89 before heading out and also get information on the Lynx Lake Recreation Area, Granite Basin Recreation Area and the Thumb Butte area, to name a few.
Day to day, Chino Valley supports recreation and activities for all ages. With a health club, an active senior center, a library, a dance and yoga studio, youth and adult sports leagues, an aquatic center, a planned skate park, and local groups of artists, quilters, dog owners, sportsmen and model aviators, there is always something going on in Chino Valley! Add to that a variety of service and veteran’s clubs, such as the Lions, Lioness, Rotary, Elks & VFW, and your day could be full.
Chino Valley Senior Center
1021 W. Butterfield Road, #501 • (928) 636-9114
Daily lunches at the Center, Meals on Wheels service, activities such as ceramics, games, exercise classes, dancing, bus trips, fabric painting, needle crafts, community and issue presentations, and potluck dinners.
Chino Valley Public Library
1020 W. Palomino Road, #101 • (928) 636-2887
Fifth-largest public library in Yavapai County, offering children’s activities and an online database linked with other libraries in the county.
Parks and Recreation Department
Town of Chino Valley, 1527 N. Road 1 East
37-acre Community Center Park includes ballfields, a planned skate park and an aquatic center offering swim lessons, exercise classes, open swim times and a water slide.
AYSO Region 1410
Fall Recreation League
Co-ed and Girls Teams ages 4-14
Annual Town celebrations include:
July 4th Fireworks Display & Celebration: kids’ fun zone, beer garden, food vendors, open swimming, fireworks.
Territorial Days — Labor Day weekend: Join as Chino Valley celebrates its designation as the state’s first territorial capital with a Lions Pancake Breakfast, 10k run and 2-mile fun run, parade, vendor booths, music, kid events and food.
Chino Hometown Christmas: Businesses, service groups and residents come together for a night of holiday food, music and a contest for the best-decorated Christmas tree.
Arts and Entertainment in Chino Valley
Chino Valley features an abundance of arts and entertainment for all to enjoy, providing a broad range of cultural experiences and leisure activities.
The community has a complete library, which is the fifth-largest public library in the county. The library offers children’s activities, and has an online database linked with other libraries in the county.
Yavapai College presents arts events year-round, bringing popular entertainment from top-quality performing artists. Professional entertainers and artists from across the globe provide theatre, dance, music and comedy performances certain to impress audiences.
The Phippen Museum can be found just a few miles south of Chino Valley. The Phippen Museum is dedicated to perpetuating the unique heritage, mythology, and influence of American Western art, providing exhibits, and educational and outreach programs. The Sharlot Hall Museum, the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona, is committed to preserving and exploring human and natural history. The Smoki Museum of Indian Art and Culture contains a large collection of prehistoric, historic and contemporary pottery, jewelry, kachina dolls and more. There is also an impressive art gallery and an extensive library collection focusing on Native American prehistory and ethnography.
Places to Visit in Chino Valley AZ
Whether you’re flying in to the state’s third-busiest airport a few miles down the road, traveling by tour bus, private vehicle or motorcycle, you will find Chino Valley businesses eager to serve you.
Although there are many fine choices for lodging, dining and sightseeing within a 20 mile radius of Chino Valley, visitors to our town will find first-rate accommodations at Days Inn Chino Valley, located on Highway 89 in the south part of town. During your stay at the 100% smoke-free hotel, you can enjoy an indoor pool and hot tub, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and a free continental breakfast. Meeting and conference rooms are also available.
Or, stay at the Primrose Inn & Suites, offering the “best suite in northern Arizona,” complete with a fully stocked kitchen, two queen beds, cable, DVD, Wi-Fi and outdoor patio. The Inn also offers a recently renovated mini suite and several standard rooms.
Local dining options are numerous and varied, catering to a variety of budgets and tastes. Choose from one of several fast food outlets, family dining, Italian pizza, barbecue, Mexican, Oriental and local cuisine — there is something sure to please every palate.
Wine-tasting, fresh food and live entertainment can be found year-round at Granite Creek Vineyards in Chino Valley, selected as one of Arizona’s 50 best places to visit. Granite Creek was the first farm in Arizona to be Certified Organic and today is one of only a handful of wineries in the United States that makes Certified Organic Wines without any added sulfites. Every Saturday afternoon from April through November, visitors can taste an array of award-winning wines and order lunch or dinner from the seasonally inspired menu, all while listening to live music from some of Arizona’s best musicians.
The Garchen Buddhist Institute Retreat Center attracts over 500 visitors to Chino Valley with its summer and winter teachings. Nestled in the forested foothills near the mountains surrounding Chino Valley with spectacular panoramic views of the red cliffs of Sedona, the San Francisco peaks, and Chino Valley itself, the Garchen Buddhist Institute Retreat Center offers a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Facilities are available for individual or group retreats, workshops, classes, weddings, memorial and award ceremonies. All buildings are wheel-chair accessible, heated and evaporative cooled. Electricity is produced from solar-panels with generator back-up, and water comes from The Garchen Institute’s own well.
Enjoy our area’s wide open spaces, trails, ranch lands and streams, and make the most of your adventure by first visiting the Chino Valley Ranger District. Your choices for area attractions are plentiful, from golf at Antelope Hills Golf Course to a night of gambling at Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos in Prescott. Visit the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary to see a variety of exotic and rescued animals or the Highlands Center for Natural History for an education on local plant life. Choose a concert or show at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, be entranced by Native American art and culture at the Smoki Museum or view art and historical items of the American West at the Phippen Museum.
Get ready to have some fun!