7 Reasons to Stop What You're Doing and Plan a Trip to Young, Arizona
Everyone deserves to take some time to getaway and Young is the perfect place to do just that. And after this quick read, you'll be anxious to experience Young for yourself.
1. The Drive
With a travel time of about three hours from Metro Phoenix and about four hours from Tucson, Young is an ideal location. After hitting the road, you can be relaxing in the essence of Young in no time and with plenty of time left to enjoy the evening.
Pro-tip:leave early enough to complete your drive during daylight; the scenery is breathtaking. The drive alone is worth the trip.
2. Wining and Dining
Young is home to Gila County’s first vineyard, Bruzzi Vineyards. The tasting room at Bruzzi Vineyards regularly serves handmade pizzas and other delicious favorites that perfectly pair with their main attraction, WINE! Bruzzi Vineyards also hosts seasonal farm to table dinners highlighting some of Arizona’s bounty. To find the next farm to table event, visit their website or social media.
3. Did We Mention Wine?
Bruzzi Vineyards offers an assortment of wines along with other farm produce sold at their farm stand. The vineyard is easily identifiable by its iconic windmill. Plus, the tasting room cannot be missed as you drive right through the vineyard to reach it. Of the many unique qualities of Bruzzi Vineyards is its devotion to higher-elevation hybrid varietals making their wine one of a kind.
4. Llamas, yes llamas
Affectionately named Abigail and Amber, these two gals are the most receptive to visitors at their home on Bruzzi Vineyards. They welcome guests for meet and greets each weekend. So if you thought there wasn’t anything for kiddos at this vineyard, you’d be wrong! From feeding and grooming to llama selfies, visiting with these girls could be the highlight of your trip. You can set up your meet and greet by calling Bruzzi Vineyards.
5. Where You'll Rest Your Head
Young prides itself in its remoteness, this is evident when traveling there as it is not possible to get there without hitting a dirt road. Due to this remoteness, you’ll enjoy rustic accommodations. A few favorites spots include Pleasant Valley Inn, Dead Broke Inn, Cherry Creek Lodge and even camping in the vineyard of Bruzzi Vineyards.
6. Outdoor Adventure
Although this could be said about almost all areas of Arizona; Young is especially enjoyable. Its remoteness makes it a haven for camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, ATV riding, fishing, swimming, shooting, rock climbing, canyoneering and wildlife watching. Surrounding Young is the Tonto National Forest with close proximity to Workman Falls and offers easy access to Hellsgate Wilderness, Sierra Ancha Wilderness, and the Salome Wilderness. The forests in Young are also the supposed home of the Mogollon Monster.
As the site of the Pleasant Valley War, there is plenty to discover and learn. The Pleasant Valley Historical Society and Museum is open on Saturdays to visitors. When venturing a little ways outside of Young, you’re able to come across many Native American Ruins. History buffs and novices alike will surely enjoy a trip to Young.