Chino Valley Ranger District

Nestled comfortably in the mountains of Central Arizona at an elevation ranging 3,000 to 8,000 feet, Chino Valley is located about 20 miles north of Prescott and 2 hours northwest of Phoenix. In 1863, Arizona's first Territorial Capital was established nearby at Del Rio Springs, and the surrounding area has experienced explosive growth since the town of Chino Valley was incorporated in 1970.

Watershed, wildlife and range management, dispersed recreation, and fuel wooding are programs emphasized by the District. Chino Valley is also very involved in managing the Upper Verde River Area, habitat of some sensitive and endangered species. Ashes, willows, and cottonwood trees are common vegetation types found along the river banks.
Although the Chino Valley Ranger District does not have developed recreation sites, there are many recreation opportunities on the District. One of the most popular recreation areas on the west side of the District is Camp Wood, located in the pines at an elevation of 5,700 feet. Approximately one mile north of Camp Wood is a riparian area, Emerald Glade, which is host to a variety of wildlife. This area was created by a masonry silt retention structure as part of our forest's wildlife habitat improvement program. The popular camping areas on the east side of the District are along the headwaters of the Verde River. The most popular trail is Sycamore Trail, located in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

In addition to Sycamore Canyon, three other wilderness areas are located within the district: Juniper Mesa Wilderness and Apache Creek Wilderness on the west side, Woodchute Wilderness on the east side. For more information, please contact the Chino Valley Ranger District.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Ranger Station: 8:30 - 4:00 Monday - Friday; Closed on federal holidays.
Closest Towns: Chino Valley, AZ

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Chino Valley Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at Chino Valley Ranger District

Horse Camping

There are three Wilderness Areas on the Chino Valley Ranger District, all of which offer excellent opportunities for horse riding and camping with trails that don't allow mechanized equipment (e.g., bicycles and OHVs): Juniper Mesa, Apache Creek, and Sycamore.

Areas for Horse Camping at Chino Valley Ranger District

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Chino Valley Ranger District

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Chino Valley Ranger District

Viewing Plants

Areas for Viewing Plants at Chino Valley Ranger District

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Chino Valley Ranger District

Visitor Programs

Areas for Visitor Programs at Chino Valley Ranger District

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Chino Valley Ranger District

Visitor Centers


Fossil Collecting

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Chino Valley Ranger District