Mayer, at an elevation ranging from 4,300 to 4,500 feet, is

in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on state Highway 69,

eight miles off Interstate 17. Phoenix is 70 miles south and Prescott

25 miles northwest. The community was founded in 1881 by

Joseph Mayer, who established a store and saloon in addition to a

Wells Fargo Stage station along the stage line between Phoenix

and Prescott. Mayer rapidly became a trading center for the surrounding

agricultural and mining areas. The area also includes

Cordes Lakes, Spring Valley, Poland Junction, Orme School and

Crown King and Arcosanti. The community is unincorporated.

 

Major sources of employment for Mayer residents include state and

county government; cattle ranching on the private and federal

grazing lands in the area; and small farms along the Agua Fria River

east of Mayer. There is also some employment in a few small mines

operating near the community. A growing number of people moving

into the area are opening owner-operated businesses.

Prescott has a growing manufacturing sector and many state and

federal offices, which provide some employment opportunities for

Mayer residents. Mayer's trade and services sectors have benefited

greatly from the influx of retirees who are attracted by the mild climate,

low taxes and proximity to the Phoenix metropolitan area.

 

Located immediately west of Mayer is Prescott National Forest. This

forest has 1,247,572 acres with such unique attractions as the

abandoned frontier towns along Turkey Creek and many mining

settlements south and southwest.

 

Horse Thief Basin, south of Mayer, is a large summer vacation

resort area in a cool, high mountain setting. Other attractions

include former gold camps and ghost towns, such as Jerome, and

pioneer settings in the area of former territorial capital of Prescott.

The area also offers a number of cabins, dude ranches and other

facilities. The Turquoise Triangle and other routes, including many

back roads, provide impressive scenic drives in the area. Other

activities include winter sports, fishing at Lynx Lake, and hunting

for antelope, deer, mountain lion, turkey, and javalina. Two of the

most popular activities in the Mayer area are rock hunting and panning

for gold in the numerous streambeds and washes. Mayer

Daze Celebration is held the first Saturday in June and includes a

parade and barbecue.

 

Located in the high desert of central Arizona, 10 miles east of

Mayer and 70 miles north of Phoenix, Arcosanti is an experiment in

designing and constructing a functioning example of an alternative

urban landscape.