was established in the 1960s, became a town in 1978 and has grown rapidly since, its population now equal to that of the much longer established city of Prescott
12 miles west; one reason for the rapid expansion is the greater availability of flat land. The town is built on a wide plain bordering the Agua Fria River, at the south end of Chino Valley
, 26 miles from I-17 and 50 miles from Sedona
. Facilities include an airport, sports park, two medical centers and a dozen or so churches, though the majority of the area is residential. Shops and business are mostly located along Hwy 69 to the south. The very scenic Watson Lake
is a ten mile drive to the west, while higher elevation national forest land surrounds the valley in most directions.
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