Ponderosa Park is a populated place in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. It is located about five miles South of Prescott, Arizona off of Arizona State Route 89 via Ponderosa Park Road and is within (surrounded by) the Prescott National Forest. The area was homesteaded in 1884 and currently contains about 300 homes. The homes vary in design from small seasonal cabins to large year-round homes. The name is derived from the prominent ponderosa pines in the National Forest.
Ponderosa Park is located at 34°28′16″N 112°29′26″W. It is located in a valley split by Indian Creek which flows into the Hassayampa River. The elevation of the Park varies based on location and ranges from 5560 feet at the creek at the southern end of the community, and rising to 5760 feet on both sides of the valley.
The community has no local government (other than the Yavapai County government). Water service is provided by a public water district. The district, known as the Ponderosa Park Water Improvement District operates five shared ground water wells in the community that are used to fill two storage tanks (126,000 and 186,1000 gallons) to maintain constant pressure through the distribution system. The shallowest well is 186' and the deepest well is 600'. The district is funded both by monthly fees to all properties receiving water from the system as well as a property tax assessment on all properties located within the district.
Ponderosa Park is served by the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD). Station 56 is located just outside the community and houses Engine 56, a 1982 Ford Van Pelt carrying 750 gallons and Water Tender 56, a 1980 GMC carrying 1250 gallons. This is a reserve station and is not manned. A firefighter/EMT lives on the property and when not working a shift at a manned station, may be able to respond to calls within the community. If no one is available, CYFD has an Automatic Aid agreement City of Prescott Fire Department ensuring that the closest fire truck will respond to an emergency regardless of geographical jurisdiction. The closest manned station is Prescott City station 71, which is approximately 4.5 miles away, much closer than any manned CYFD station.
On December 13, 1884 Frederich Barth was granted Homestead Certificate No. 82, Application No. 200 signed by Chester A. Arthur, President of the United States. This Homestead was for 160 acres that now comprises Ponderosa Park.
Barth died in 1889 with no heirs and no will. In 1902, the Territory of Arizona filed claim to take possession of the land as there were no known claims to it, no tenants or others in actual possession. Notice of the court action, scheduled for June 2, 1902 was published in local newspapers.
Ownership of the property from 1902 until the 1940s is unclear. It is believed that the original homestead was divided and resold an unknown number of times. M. Adele and Lenord F. Albrecht bought pieces of the original property beginning on August 15, 1941 and by October 1951, the Albrechts had title to just about the entire Ponderosa Park area. Right-of-way grants were issued for Transmission lines from the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in 1954, 1956, and 1959. The property was subdivided into individual lots between 1954 and 1967. Lot prices were $2000 - $3000 in the 1960s.
Ponderosa Park is composed of Proterozoic (Precambrian) "Undifferentiated Granites and Schists."
Located between the Chaparral Shear Zone on the south and the Mesa Butte Shear Zone on the north, there are light-colored granites (Aplite to Granodiorite), Diorite, Gabbro, Gneisses, Schists, Metasedimentary and Metavolcanic rocks. On one tributary to Indian Creek to the east, over 15 different types of granite and metamorphic rocks can be found. These rocks were metamorphosed (altered by heat under tremendous pressure) about 1.75 to 1.8 billion years ago. The rocks themselves are older; in the order of 2.0 billion years ago.
There is a community picnic area for use by residents.