centralized vacation spot of Northern Arizona, Winslow serves as the
perfect home base for numerous day trips, as well as some great local
attractions including the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Homolovi
Ruins State Park, all of which are just a short drive away.
more information about the different locations, either visit the provided
links, call the phone number provided, or call the Winslow Chamber of
Commerce at (928) 289-2434.
de Chelly National Monument
At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of
Indian villages built between AD 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National
Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian
history from the earliest basketmakers to the Navajo Indians who live
and farm there today. Jeep tours are available from Thunderbird Lodge
((928) 674-5841). Visitor activities include auto tours, hiking, pictograph
viewing and interpretive exhibits and talks. The canyon is 150 miles
from Winslow, exit 333 off I-40, north on State Route-191 up to Chinle.
The Visitor Center is 3 miles from SR-191 in Chinle.
Known to many as "Chocolate Falls" because of its muddy color,
this massive waterfall is higher than Niagara Falls, with a vertical
relief of 185 feet. The best time to see the falls is after snow melting
in early spring and after a summer thunderstorm. The falls are located
48 miles northwest of Winslow. From Winslow, take I-40 west to Exit
245. Take SR-99 north to Leupp, then SR-15 west to the sign reading,
"Grand Falls Bible Church". Turn right on this road, which
is very rough. The road will end at the Little Colorado River. A short,
¼ mile trail will lead to the overlook. Picnic tables and grills
are available. This area is on the Navajo Reservation, so stay on the
main roads and respect private property. No admission charge. Handicap
access is extremely limited. Use of a high clearance or four wheel drive
vehicle is recommended.
The Hopi Museum, operated by the Hopi Cultural Center, is located on
Second Mesa, within the Hopi Cultural Center Motel and Restaurant complex.
The museum is dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of Hopi
traditions and is open Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. year
round. The center is located 75 miles north of Winslow, at the junction
of State Routes 87 and 264. Call (928) 734-6650 for more information.
Canyon(Sport Rock Climbing)
Features over 200 steep limestone climbing routes concentrated in a
section of the canyon called Moenkopi. Located on national forest land
in an isolated section of Northern Arizona, Moenkopi offers steep, spectacular
climbing on immaculate stone. All routes are well-protected. A five
minute approach will take you to an abundance of top quality routes
from 5.5 to 5.13. With free camping and incredible year-round climbing
only 30 minutes from I-40, Jacks Canyon is a destination crag! From
I-40 take Winslow exit 253 (North Park Dr.) and travel south approximately
one mile to Second St. (one way east) and turn east (left). Drive several
blocks to the traffic light, turn right (south) onto Highway 87. Continue
south on Highway 87 approximately 30 miles to mile marker 313.7 and
turn right, through gate (always close gate).
View an exotic combination of colors and natural rock formations and
be sure to take your camera! This is the perfect setting for a sunset
picnic dinner! Hiking trails and picnic tables are available. Take I-40
east from Winslow to Exit 257, north on Highway 87, 15 miles on the
Meteor Crater is the best preserved impact site on earth, with topographical
terrain that closely resembles the surface of the moon. In fact, NASA
designated the crater as the training site for all U.S. Astronauts.
Camping is available. From Winslow, take I-40 west 20 miles to exit
233. Call (928) 289-2362 for more information, or (928) 289-4002 for
the RV Park.
Rising abruptly above the valley floor is the majestic rim of the Mogollon
Plateau. The precipitous two hundred mile escarpment of the Mogollon
Rim is the result of a geologic faulting from southeast to northwest
across Arizona. From Winslow, take Highway 87 south for 58 miles to
Forest Service Road 300 and turn left. Follow this gravel road to Highway
99 and turn left again to return to Winslow. Along the way, you will
pass through a forest alive with deer, elk, wild turkey and other wildlife.
Forest Service Road 300 follows 150 breathtaking miles. This drive also
takes you within reach of several mountain lakes. Recreational activities
include camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Elevation
exceeds 7,000 feet over much of this area. Contact: Sitgreaves National
Forest, Chevelon Ranger District, HC 62 Box 600, Winslow, AZ 86047,
(928) 289-2471 or Coconino National Forest Service, 2323 Greenlaw Lane,
Flagstaff, AZ 86004, (928) 527-7400.
This desert earned its name from its magnificent purple, red and gray
segments forming eerie moonscape mounds. Ancient Indian petroglyphs
on Newspaper Rock are a "must see". Also important are the
restored Agate House and the Pueblo ruins in Puerco. The Visitor Center
has a 17-minute film on how wood is petrified. The Petrified Forest
and Painted Desert are located 50 miles east of Winslow on I-40. Admission
is $10 per vehicle. National Park Passes are available: Lifetime passes
for persons over the age of 62 are $10; under 62 passes are $50 annually.
Passes are good at all National Parks. Handicap Accessible.
Forest National Park
Within the area of the Painted Desert lie colorful and strangely eroded
lands that provide the backdrop for a geologic wonder trees that have
turned to stone and fossilized bones of 200 million-year-old animals.
Indian ruins and petroglyphs are abundant. Facilities include a picnic
area, museum, gasoline, curios, and restaurant. Information on self-guided
auto tours, hiking trails, and wilderness backpacking permits are available
at the Visitor Center. Federal law prohibits collection or removal of
any natural objects. Violators can be fined, imprisoned, or both.
Rock Art Ranch offers a variety of experiences for the most avid adventurer
or the most casual tourist. The ranch, situated in a remote area between
Holbrook and Winslow, Arizona, off Interstate 40, is home to one of
the finest stands of Anasazi petroglyphs in the Southwest. Rock Art
Ranch is a working cattle ranch. Visitors will be treated to sweeping
vistas of the San Francisco Peaks, the volcanic buttes of the Navajo
Reservation, the pinks and vermillions of the Painted Desert, and an
occasional Santa Fe train in the distance. Rock Art Ranch is approximately
13 miles from Winslow. Rock Art Ranch is open from May 1st to Nov. 1st.
Small group tours will be only on Saturday afternoon @ 1:00 p.m. Large
group tours will be any weekday. Prices depend on the number of patrons
and activities desired. Closed Sundays. Call for reservations. (928)
288-3260 for more information. Reservations must be made in advance
Crater Volcano National Monument
Sunset Crater became part of the National Park system in 1930. The prominent
features are a 1,000-foot volcanic cone and its subsidiary formations.
A 1-mile self-guided loop trail at the base of the volcano allows visitors
to examine the volcanic features. The Visitor Center, two miles from
the southern entrance to the loop road off U.S. 89, has a brief film,
exhibits, and a seismograph station. Located 80 miles west of Winslow,
take I-40 to Flagstaff, go north on SR-89 to the loop road which leads
to both Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument.
Canyon National Monument
Dwellings on the cliff faces, sheltered in caves, were home to Walnut
Canyon's inhabitants more than 800 years ago. Inside the canyon and
throughout the pine forests on its rims, these people made their living
by farming, hunting, gathering plants and trading. They built more than
300 small cliff rooms in recesses of the canyon walls, the ruins of
which still stand, protected against the elements. A Visitor Center,
hiking trails and picnic area are located within the monument. The main
trail involves a climb of 185 feet on a stairway. Walnut Canyon is located
50 miles west of Winslow off I-40. Handicap Accessible. Call (928) 526-3367
for more information.
The prehistoric Sinaguan and Anasazi dwellings at Wupatki were long
abandoned when Captain Sitgreaves arrived in 1851. Wupatki was then
established as a National Monument in 1924. It features a short trail
alongside the Wupatki Pueblo, which passes within touching range of
what was once a multistory residential complex, as well as a nearby
amphitheater and ballcourt. A short self-guided walking tour of the
main Wupatki Pueblo, the largest ruin within monument boundaries, begins
behind the visitor center. Other ruins within the monument are also
accessible by trails. Located 80 miles west of Winslow, take Rt. 40
to Flagstaff, go north on Rt. 89 to the loop road which leads to both
Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument.