Community Profile | Town of Colorado City

Western Arizona Economic Development District

Town of Colorado City


Colorado City is on the northern border of Arizona and adjacent to Hildale, Utah. Colorado City was initially called Short Creek after a nearby stream that sank into the sand before running very far. The scenic Vermillion Cliffs form a backdrop for the community, and the area shows evidence of an early Anasazi population.

One of the first modern settlers was William Maxwell in about 1908. Other early settlers were ranchers and cattlemen and, a few years later, homesteaders. In the 1930s, a religious movement came from Utah seeking refuge and played a significant part in building the community into a thriving place. The community officially changed its name to Colorado City in 1963.

Principal Economic Activities

The traditional economic focus on agriculture and ranching has gradually changed with growth and urban expansion. The school district is the largest single employer, but manufacturing and regional construction provide most jobs.

The neighboring community of Hildale, Utah, with an active industrial park and service industry, plays an essential part in Colorado City’s economy. Many industrial activities are in Hildale, while most commercial retail occurs in Colorado City.

Scenic Attractions

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The Arizona Strip encompasses more than 5 million acres of land and is often called the Gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Points of interest include House Rock Valley, Navajo Trail, Gooseberry Mesa, Toroweep Overlook, Canaan Mountain hiking trails, Pipe Springs, and the Kaibab/Paiute Indian reservation. Scenery near Colorado City includes Vermillion and Shinorump Cliffs, Steamboat Rock, and numerous canyons and Native American ruins.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is about 100-miles south of Colorado City. The 741,000-acre Kaibab National Forest, with picnicking, rockhounding, camping, and hunting, are less than 40 miles southeast. The town is only hours from Zion and Bryce National Parks, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah State Park, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and Lake Mead recreation areas, and Historic Pipe Springs National Monument.

Community Facilities

The area has four neighborhood parks, a full-service municipal airport, two public school recreation centers, and emergency services.

Local Resources

Town of Colorado City

Vance Barlow,
Town Manager
P.O. Box 70
Colorado City, AZ 86021
Phone: 928-875-2646
Email: Town Manager
Website: Town of Colorado City

Mohave County Economic Development

Tami Ursenbach,
Economic Development & Tourism Director
3250 Kino Ave, 2nd Floor
Kingman, AZ 86409
Phone: 928-757-0960 ext. 5965
Email: Tami Ursenbach
Website: Mohave Economic Development

Local First Arizona

Kimber Lanning,
Chief Executive Officer
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: Local First Arizona
Website: Local First Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021

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