Winslow, which became a division point for the Santa Fe Railway,
lies along Interstate 40 on the western border of Navajo County in the high
plateau country of northeastern Arizona.
The community, at an elevation of 4,850 feet, lies in the Little
Colorado River Valley (the river skirts the city's eastern edge) and is 58
miles east of Flagstaff. Famed Route 66 was the major east-west route through
Winslow before I-40 replaced it.
The first settler, in 1880, was reputed to have been a hotel man
who lived in and did business from a tent. Two years later, in January 1882, a
U.S. Post Office was established. Incorporated in 1900, the town was said to
have been named for Edward Winslow, a railroad company president.
The Apache Sitgreaves National
Forest, 30 miles south of the city, offers camping, hunting, fishing and
water sports. Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater, and
Canyon de Chelly
National Monuments are all within a two-hour drive of Winslow. The Petrified
Forest National Park is just 60 miles east of Winslow adjacent to the famed
North of Winslow on the vast Navajo Reservation are many
prehistoric ruins and cliff dwellings, and on the Hopi Reservation are ancient
pueblo villages. Five miles northeast of Winslow is
Homolovi Ruins State Park, a prehistoric archaeological
site consisting of ruins left by the Anasazi, who are believed to be the
ancestors of the Hopi People. The park is accessible off of SR87, 1.3 miles
north of the I-40 interchange, we have 53 developed camping sites for RV's and
Tents each site has 30 amp electric hookup and water, we have raised tent pads
hot showers and flush toilets and a dumpstation. The camp fees include the use
of all of the parks day use areas, trails and the showers.
The Little Painted Desert,
located 18 miles north of Winslow, offers a beautiful rim drive easily
accessible from the city. Five miles southeast of Winslow is Clear Creek
Reservoir, where fishing, boating,
water sports, picnicking and swimming are enjoyed.
La Posada is the last Fred Harvey Hotel surviving in the West.
Restored to its former elegance, it is located in downtown Winslow. It was the
hub of transcontinental rail and air traffic in the 1930's and 1940's. The Old
trails Museum is a fine collection of memorabilia documenting the history of
Winslow and northern Arizona. It is also located in downtown Winslow.
For further information, contact:
Winslow Chamber of Commerce
300 W. North Road
P.O. Box 460
Winslow, AZ 86047
phone: (928) 289-2434
City of Winslow
21 Williamson Avenue
phone: (928) 289-2422
This page prepared from Arizona Department of Commerce profile on
the City of Winslow dated June 1999 and published with the permission of the
Winslow Chamber of Commerce.
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