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The Snowflake townsite historic district is in the national register of historic places, with more than 100 notable homes and buildings. Each is a like a mini-museum, a glimpse into days gone by.

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Old-fashioned in the best sense, Snowflake invites visitors to discover history in an intimate way.

Does it seem funny that a place in Arizona is called Snowflake? Not if you knew that it was in the upper elevations of the White Mountains, where snowfall makes this conifer wilderness a winter playground. But the town actually takes its name from Mormon settlers Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake; Flake’s great-grandson, Jeff Flake, is a U.S. Senator from Arizona. There’s a strong sense of family here – and when you visit, you feel like a temporary member of the clan.

The delightfully walkable historic district – self-guided or by appointment – includes eight preserved homes and the Stinson Museum, which is housed in an adobe ranch home. It has a wonderful collection of artifacts and photographs of prehistoric figures and 19th-century pioneers, allowing you to quietly envision their lives. And though the splendid Latter-day Saints Temple here is not open to the general public, you can walk the grounds and admire the striking exterior architecture.

The clean mountain air, scented by sage and juniper, is an invitation to explore the greater outdoors in a variety of pursuits. Enjoy hiking and biking, as well as fishing, canoeing, and wildlife viewing at nearby lakes and along the 103 miles of trails.

Snowflake’s community pride is especially apparent during July’s Pioneer Days and the 12 Days of Christmas. Snowflake is a four-season getaway especially geared for families. And who knows – you might even find you have a relative here.


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For Visitor information

Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce | 113 N. Main St | Snowflake, AZ | (928) 536-4331 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Navajo 1878 5,590ft Unknown

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