Where Is Young Arizona?
Young, Arizona is located in Gila County approximately 60 miles Southeast of Payson, Arizona. From Payson, travel east on Arizona highway 260 to mile marker 284 until you reach the Young Road turnoff. Travel south another 25 miles along Forest Service Road 512 (soon to become Arizona highway 288) and you will eventually arrive in downtown Young.
Eventually...because you will likely stop several times along the way to enjoy the surroundings or perhaps allow wildlife to cross the road. A trip to Young is not to be rushed, rather it should be savored and enjoyed.
It wasn't so long ago that gasoline had to be pumped using a "gravity fed pump" because electricity didn't come to Young until about 1965. Cellular Phone Service finally arrived in 2009. Even today, complete strangers will wave to you as you pass them on the road. For those of you who remember the town of "Mayberry", the atmosphere in Young is quite similar.
Of course, you'll still be able to find all the essentials at the Cherry Creek Store and Buddi's Gas Mart, but you won't find any chain stores or well known fast food restaurants.
Young is steeped in history, some not so pleasant such as the long running feud between the Grahams and the Tewksburys. It's all settled now, but not before a great deal of bloodshed. Locals will be glad to fill you in on all the details of this episode known as "The Pleasant Valley War".
So much of Young is literally surrounded by the Tonto National Forest that it's hard to tell where Young ends and the forest begins. Many properties (including Cherry Creek Cabins) back up to the Tonto National Forest.
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