Area Attraction Guide

Welcome to a lifestyle change most people only dream about! We hope to be able to extend a warm Silver Mountains community welcome to you very soon.

Moving always involves a lot of research. Naturally, you need to know about the facilities and attractions near you such as schools, doctors, stores as well as events and places you may be interested in. We've tried to make your search less daunting by compiling this guide for you.

You’ll find a list of nearby towns and the facilities and attractions that are available in them. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we have included useful links where you can find out more.

NEARBY TOWNS TO VISIT

Mayer, Arizona

The town of Mayer is only 17 miles from Silver Mountains Ranches. A short 36 to 39-minute drive via Antelope Creek Road and AZ-69 N. Mayer has a lot in the way of the essential facilities that you’d expect to find in a town of this size.

Food and Groceries.

Mayer has a great selection of stores catering to all your grocery, fresh meat, fruit, and vegetable needs. Stores include Mayer Market, Fry’s Food and Drug, and Holly’s Market.

Banks and Financial Institutions

There are a total of twenty banks located in Mayer. These include Bank Of The West, BBVA Bank, Washington Federal, Wells Fargo Bank, Chase, and National Bank Of Arizona.

Medical Facilities and Hospitals

Mayer is home to many medical centers and hospitals, ensuring your peace of mind and providing for your health and medical needs. The Yavapai Regional Medical Center is a general hospital which operates from two locations. Yavapai Medical Center East, situated at 7700 Florentine Rd, and Yavapai Medical Center West, located at 1003 Willow Creek Road.

Other centers include Banner Del E Webb Medical Center, HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, Carondelet St Mary’s Hospital, and a VA hospital, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Pharmacies

You can have your prescriptions filled or find over the counter medication and supplements at multiple drugstores in Mayer. Some worth noting include Fry’s Food and Drug, Spring Valley Pharmacy, Walmart, and Safeway.

Schools and Educational Facilities

Mayer Elementary School - The Mayer Elementary School, located at 12568 E Main St, Mayer, AZ 86333, has classes up to 9th grade. The school also offers a special needs programs. Together with Mayer High School, it comprises School District #43. The schools in this district operate a four-day school week.

Mayer High School - Mayer High School at 17300 E Mule Deer Dr, Mayer, AZ educates the town's teens. The school has 187 students as of 2016-17. The school's mascot is the Wildcat, and its school colors are white, blue, and red. It runs grades from 7th to 12th.

Colleges - There are thirty-five colleges in the vicinity of Mayer. They are all located within a one-hundred-mile radius of the town. The two closest to the town of Mayer are:
Northcentral University (12 miles)
Yavapai College (15 miles)

Cafes, Bars, and Restaurants

Mayer has a large number of cafes. Whether you prefer a more traditional coffee establishment such as Starbucks or McDonalds or one of the smaller, local venues, coffee shops in Mayer cater to you.

Some of the cafes to be found in Mayer include Raven Café, which also specializes in vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare. Dutch Bros is a drive-through which focuses on specialty coffees. You also have choices such as The Peavine Coffee House, Third Shot Coffee, and Rafter Eleven.

You'll never be short of a dining experience in Mayer. There are a large number of eating establishments, each offering a unique atmosphere and cuisine.

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Black Canyon City, Arizona

Black Canyon City is located 19.1 miles and 39 minutes away by car from Silver Mountain Ranches. It hugs the Bradshaw Mountains along the Agua Fria River. The town served as both a waypoint and stage stop on the Phoenix to Prescott line during the 1800s.

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Black Canyon Trail

The history of the town’s trail can be traced as far back as the 1600s when it was used as a livestock route. In 1919, the Department of the Interior officially designated it as a livestock driveway. Today the trail has several visitor amenities, including parking lots and restrooms, picnic areas, and ramadas.

Cafes and Restaurants

There are so many cafes and restaurants in Black Canyon City we can’t list them all here. Some of the best known include:

Nora Jeans Koffee Kitchen - This popular eatery offers a stunning selection of meal and snack options.

Squaw Peak Coffee Company - The Squaw Peak Coffee Company is a vegetarian-friendly breakfast/brunch café that offers more than just the traditional bacon and eggs for travelers and visitors.

Rock Springs Café - This café has a long and fascinating history, beginning way back in 1860. They’re vegetarian-friendly and also offer a Thanksgiving menu. You can learn more about their meals and history on their official website.

Black Canyon Attractions

Black Canyon Heritage Park - The park is a community project, staffed and operated by locals. They offer a chance for families to interact and learn about nature. The park holds regular events for visitors and locals alike.

Arizona Outdoor Fun - Arizona Outdoor Fun is a commercially operated business offering a range of guided and unguided tours in and around the beautiful Sonoran Desert. You can even rent ATV/UTV vehicles to immerse yourself in the experience. There is also a shooting range tour.

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Western Destinations - This company offers the visitor a true taste of America’s Wild West. Activities include tomahawk toss, bow and arrow bonanza, a jailhouse quick draw where you fire blanks to see if you really are the fastest draw, a practice steer roping machine, and more. You can even go on a horseback trail ride.

This attraction is situated at Canyon Creek Ranch. You can learn more about the myriad of activities they offer on their official website.

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Camp Verde, Arizona

This town is only 39.3 miles or a fifty-six-minute drive along the 1-17 N. If getting up close and personal with nature is your thing, you’ll love Camp Verde. The town boasts eighteen miles of winding river, which meanders through the town limits. The river environment is home to many animal species including bald eagles, otters, and beavers.

You can get close to the natural beauty during horse riding trails off-roading, jeep tours, kayaking, or canoeing. The Out of Africa Wildlife Park allows you the opportunity to see some of the world’s most incredible animals. There’s no need to try and squeeze everything to see and do in Camp Verde into one day; the town offers several accommodation options.

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Cottonwood, Arizona

The town of Cottonwood is located 51.5 miles from Silver Mountains, roughly a one hour and eleven minute drive away. The town is the site of the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. If you are a bird watcher, you’ll love spending a day here, as the park is home to more than one hundred avian species. You can spend a day hiking here or in the Prescott National Forest or Riverfront Park.

Or you can take a self-guided walk through the old town. There is even the opportunity to view the town from an entirely new perspective via a skydive or a relaxing hot air balloon ride. There are several wineries situated between Cottonwood and Jerome. You can make a day of it by taking part in the Verde Valley Wine Trail.

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Crown King, Arizona

The town of Crown King is only 17.6 miles or a fifty-one minute drive from the Silver Mountains Community, along the South Bradshaw Mountain Road. It’s a popular spot for day trips, barbeques, and sightseeing. It’s strongly recommended to take a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle when going into town.

Despite its small population, Crown King hosts several events. The residents jokingly say they hold the world’s shortest Memorial Day parade. You can also be a part of the One Hole Golf Tournament or the Annual Fall Corn Hole Showdown. The town boasts some impressive natural beauty spots, including the Horsethief Basin Lake.

While you’re in town, you may want to visit the Crown King Saloon and Café, which has been in operation since 1904.

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Jerome, Arizona

The historic town of Jerome is located 53.9 miles from Silver Mountains and is a one hour twenty-five minute drive away.

Founded in 1876, Jerome was named a U.S Centennial City in 1976. The town was home to the richest mine in the world, which was owned by just one man. The mine made the town Arizona’s largest producer of gold, silver, and copper until the mines closed in 1953. It became the largest ghost town in the west.

Starting in the 1960s, the Jerome was recreated and is now home to a range of art studios and galleries, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, hotels, and B&B’s. You can take part in the monthly art walk or visit the Jerome Historical Park or the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum, where you’ll gain a unique insight into the lifestyles of wealthy mine owners and the mining community of yesteryear.

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Prescott, Arizona

Prescott is located in the Ponderosa Pines of the Prescott National Forest. It’s 43.4 miles from Silver Mountain Ranches or a one-hour six-minute drive along E State Route 69. For those keen on the great outdoors, Prescott offers over four hundred miles of equestrian trails, as well as hiking and mountain bike riding.

Prescott has a long history, much of it dating back to the days of Wyatt Earp, which the town works to preserve. You can still enjoy visiting the turn of the century saloons along Whiskey Row. Prescott also boasts four small lakes, perfect for boating, fishing, or simply nature watching. There are four art galleries and a wide range of dining and accommodation options available.

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Sedona, Arizona

Situated 64.3 miles and a one-hour twenty-seven-minute drive from Silver Mountains Ranches, Sedona is famed for its red earth and crimson rock formations.

Sedona offers everything from hiking to fine dining and even personal enrichment. For those wishing to experience the natural beauty of Sedona, there are numerous hiking trail options. These range from casual jaunts to long and challenging backpack treks.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can try walking through a labyrinth. Those visitors who prefer a more pampered outing can visit an art gallery, enjoy a wine tasting, a meal, or even have a massage or have a photograph of your aura taken.

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NEARBY ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS

Silver Mountain Ranches provides you with an active, healthy lifestyle with plenty of wide-open spaces to explore. It is adjacent to more Federal land than the eyes can see, including the 72,000-acre Agua Fria National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the 1.25 million-acre Prescott National Forest managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

There are always things to see and do in and around the Silver Mountains Ranch Community. So much so that you won’t have time to get bored. In case you’re looking for activities that aren’t next door, we’ve included a list of interesting places, attractions, and events for your consideration. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list, but it will give you a good idea of all the varied and attractions in the area.

Events and Attractions for Horse Lovers

If you’re a horse lover or owner, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are many events and attractions to excite you, some of these include:

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has been held every year since 1955. The event takes place every February at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Starting with just 50 horses, the show now boasts 2400. The show brings together the top breeders, owners, and trainers from around the world.

The event caters to the whole family with many free fun activities such as ceramic horse painting (paint a pony), behind the scenes barn tours, meet an Arabian horse, and more. You can discover a complete guide to the various show events here on their website.

Arizona Quarter Horse Association

AZQHA is a non-profit located in WestWorld, Scottsdale with the mission to enhance and encourage American Quarter Horse ownership and participation.

Events include one-day shows and circuits, trail ride challenges, and the AZ Fall Championship. The Sun Circuit event in March attracts exhibitors and horses from all across the US and Canada. Here you'll find everything from ranch riding, pleasure, and jumping to reining, roping, cow horse, and trail.

Spur Cross Stables

Spur Cross Stables is a guided horseback riding ranch located on the site of an old 1870’s gold mine near Cave Creek, which is just north of Scottsdale. The rides take you into the Sonoran Desert and the foothills of the Tonto National Forest. Professional and informative wranglers lead all rides. You choose the length of your journey, starting at one hour up to four and a half hours. The company caters to both the beginner and the more experienced rider.

Arizona Dressage Association

The Arizona Dressage Association is dedicated to promoting the advancement of classical dressage through education. They hold many events throughout the year. In addition to their events, the association also offers education services. Education is comprised of such things as clinics and lectures relating to dressage and equine education. The education services can be accessed by any member regardless of skill level.

Carefree Farms LLC

Located in Phoenix, this equestrian center is just off the Carefree Highway; situated on seventeen acres in the Desert Hills area. The farm houses several equine facilities, including two show barns, eighteen pipe pens with shade covering, and two farmhouses dressage arenas.

Carefree Farms offers lessons for all forms of horse riding, including dressage, jumping, events, and hunting. They cater to all skill levels. Carefree Farms has a calendar of events to suit all equestrians. Learn more about what they offer by visiting their website.

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Arcosanti Urban Laboratory in Mayer, Arizona

Arcosanti is an immense urban laboratory that began operations in the 1970s. One of its main goals is to test the integration of architecture and environment.

They offer fascinating tours of the grounds and buildings. Arcosanti also holds several workshops of varying durations, starting from one-day courses. Some of the topics on offer include glass blowing, one-day photography, and metalworking. There’s even a café for you to relax in after your tour.

For more information on guided tours or workshops, visit their website.

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Bradshaw Mountains: Home to Silver Mountain Ranches

The Bradshaw Mountains are said to be some of the largest gold-filled mountains in the U.S., which have been the site of many historical events. The Apache Indian wars were fought here. You can still visit many ancient ruins and pueblos left by the Hohokam people.

The Bradshaw mountains offer many different hiking trails, including walking, bike, and horseback. There are also several old ghost towns and mining sites in and around the Bradshaw Mountains. These sites offer an educational and interesting day out. Some of the nearby ghost towns include Bumble Bee, Cordes, and Cleator.

You can find an extensive list of places to visit and things to do at Bradshawmountains.com.

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Art Walk in Jerome, Arizona

The art walk happens on the first Saturday of every month. The festivities begin at 5 PM and end at 8 PM. A free shuttle service is available to transport visitors and tourists around the town.

During the event, galleries throughout the artist's colony hold openings and happenings. Restaurants and other venues are all open later than normal, so you can to enjoy everything the town has to offer.

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Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

This annual event is held in Cottonwood every April. The festival is a way for people to foster an understanding of the importance of nature and preserving the natural habitat.

The four-day festival takes place in the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. It is a treat for bird lovers, as it occurs during the peak migration season for birds. Participants get to choose from over sixty different field trips, hikes and walks. The experienced guides have extensive knowledge of birds and habitats which are unique to the region.

The organizing committee offers workshops and works closely with schools to educate students about birds and the natural world. You can learn more about the festival by visiting the Friends of Verde Valley website. These are the folk who coordinate and organize the festival every year.

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Verde Valley Wine Trail

There are many wineries situated between Cottonwood and Jerome. The Verde Valley Wine Trail provides the opportunity for wine enthusiasts to experience the individual and unique charm of each of the wineries on the tour.

The list of wineries joining the trail is always growing. The Verde Valley Wine Consortium can keep you up to date with all the wineries included, as well as all the events they hold.

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Explore Your New Neighborhood

This is just a small taste of all the amenities close to the Silver Mountain Ranches. You can use these sites as a steppingstone to learn more about the attractions, events, and facilities that will become part of your new stomping grounds.

Contact us to learn more about owning a home at Silver Mountain Ranches.