Taylor, on the banks of Silver Creek, is in a broad, flat valley in east-central Arizona. With the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains to the south and west, the town lies at an elevation of 5,640 feet. The mountains form an almost continuous barrier protecting Taylor from severe winters and creating a semi-arid climate. Taylor was settled by James Pearce and named after John Taylor, English-born president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The town was established in 1881 and incorporated in 1966. Taylor has seven sites listed on the National Register.
Taylor lies in an area of great contrasts - barren desert to the north and mountain ranges to the south. The Petrified Forest National Park is one of the nation's most unique parks. Within the Petrified Forest is the Painted Desert and Navajo Indian Reservation with such attractions as Monument Valley and Oraibi [on the Hopi Indian Reservation], the oldest continually occupied village in the U.S.
To the south and
west of Taylor are high mountains and forest, including the White Mountains,
Sitgreaves National Forest,
and the Mogollon Rim.
Many small lakes, perfect for
trout fishing and swimming,
are scattered throughout these mountains. The
Sunrise Park Ski
Resort is located 65 miles south of Taylor on the
Fort Apache Indian
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