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Historic route 66 in Winslow

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.

Petrified ForestThe 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 Painted Desert.

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.

Canyon de ChellyThe 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
    Winslow, AZ 86047
    phone: (928) 289-2422

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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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