About Yavapai County
Yavapai County occupies 8,123 square miles in the mountainous area of central Arizona. Beginning at the edge of the Sonoran Desert on its southern boundary, the mountains rise successively to the high, barren Coconino Plateau on the north, and the dramatic forested Mogollon Rim on the east. Great forests of ponderosa pine cover the Mogollon Rim, with flashes of red rock outcroppings.
167,517 people live in Yavapai County as of the year 2000. Phoenix lies just to the south and Interstate 17 passes northward through the county to Flagstaff to the north. Interstate 40 and Historic Route 66 pass along the northern border of the county. Prescott is the county seat.