Site of the infamous Graham-Tewksbury feud, the town of Young is surrounded by many natural wonders, among them Sierra Ancha and Hell’s Gate Wilderness areas, many archeological sites, flowing creeks, and the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the world. Nestled in the middle of the Tonto National Forest and just an hour from the Heber-Overgaard area, Young – a town of approximately 780 people – is a picturesque day trip for both residents and visitors alike. Splash in Haigler Creek, visit the Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum or attend a rodeo event. Pleasant Valley Days, held in July, offers three days of wholesome family fun and western-themed activities.
Purple Sage Farm can be found at 49730 N. Highway 288 as you enter town from the north, and is a must-stop if you are planning a visit to Young. A working farm, it also has a charming antiques and country store. Enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls and pie while browsing among all the antiques, handmade soap, sterling silver jewelry, pickles, salsa and hot sauce, jam, honey, jerky, and old-fashioned candy. Enjoy an iced coffee outside under the willow tree in the al fresco dining area, complete with WiFi. You can also get breakfast, with an assortment of delicious items. Fresh eggs and seasonal produce, including sweet corn, are also available.
Purple Sage Farm is open mid-May through November, Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You can find out more, including directions, at Purple Sage Farm. Please note that while the drive to Young includes incredible scenery with fabulous views, be sure to check the weather before departing as the route includes mountainous terrain, with some stretches of narrow, hard-pack dirt roads. Four-wheel drive is recommended during heavy rains and mountain snows.