Winslow (Arizona)

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Winslow is a small town on Route 66 in Northern Arizona. While the town itself is of limited interest, it is a convenient gateway to a number of regional attractions.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

Winslow is on Interstate 40 (I-40), which follows the roadway of old Route 66 through much of Arizona. Several state and local highways connect the town to Phoenix, about 150 miles away, which is a major commercial air hub. To get to Winslow from Phoenix, you'll just have to drive.

  •    Amtrak Station - WLO501 E 2nd St (next to the La Posada Hotel), toll-free: +1 800-872-7245. The daily Southwest Chief Chicago-Los Angeles line stops in Winslow. The westbound train arrives at 8:50PM and the eastbound train arrives at 7:09AM. This stop has no ticket office and no Quik-Trak ticket machine so tickets must be purchased at another station or online.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transportation. There is one privately-owned taxi service and one hire car firm in Winslow.

See[edit]

Barringer Meteor Crater
Take It Easy
Little Painted Desert County Park
Petroglyph at Rock Art Ranch
  •    Meteor Crater (Exit 233 about 18 miles west of Winslow on I-40). Memorial Day - Sep 15: daily 7AM-7PM; Sep 16 - Memorial Day: daily 8AM-5PM. This is an exceptionally well preserved meteor (impact) crater, although not the largest in the world as sometimes claimed. The crater was formed approximately 50,000 years ago by an explosion estimated to be the equivalent of 2.5 megatons of TNT, or 150 times the force of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The meteorite itself was estimated to be 150 feet across and weighed approximately 300,000 tons. Although most of the meteorite itself vaporized upon impact, large chunks of nickel-iron remnants have been found in the surrounding area. The site is privately owned, and includes a well-done visitor center with a number of interpretive exhibits and short trails to viewpoints. $16 (adults), $15 (seniors), $8 (juniors 8-17); no passes accepted.
  •    Homolovi State Park (I-40 Exit 257, 1.5 miles north on Hwy 87),  +1 928-289-4106. This park preserves over seven separate ruined pueblos, and over 300 archeological sites. The park hosts interpretive programs throughout the year, and has a number of hiking trails as well as a year-round campground. $7/vehicle (1-4 adults), $3 (individual/bicycle).
  •    Take It Easycorner of N Kinsley Ave and E 2nd St. Winslow owes much of its fame to the Eagles' hit song of the 1970s, "Take It Easy," with lyrics that talk about "standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona." If you want to relive the song, the town has erected a small exhibit at Standin' on the Corner Park in the downtown area; go there and see if a girl in a flat bed Ford slows down to take a look at you. Free.
  •    Brigham City ghost town. Founded by Latter-day Saints in 1876, the town was abandoned in 1881 due to flash flooding. It is now on the register of National Historic Places, and 37 buildings have been partially restored. Free.
  •    Little Painted Desert County ParkHwy 87 (18 miles N of Winslow). A gem of a park, with a good view of the Painted Desert. The view is particularly beautiful in the early morning and late afternoon. Free.
  •    Rock Art Ranch House and Museum (Chevelon Steps Petroglyphs), Territorial Rd (15 miles SE of Winslow),  +1 928-288-3260. By appointment only. Over 3000 petroglyphs are located on what is now a working cattle and buffalo ranch. The petroglyphs are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and have been determined to cover a period spanning 6000 years produced by several Native American cultures. Personal guided tours are offered by the ranch owner Brantley Baird and his ranch hand Clem Rogers. $15.

Do[edit]

  •    McHood Park / Clear Creek ReservoirHwy 99 +1 928-289-2855. Offers opportunities for canoeing, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Clear Creek Canyon, a deep rock canyon with petroglyphs, is accessible only by canoe. It is possible to camp here; see listing below. Free.

Buy[edit]

  • Old Trails Museum Store214 N Kinsley Ave +1 928-289-5861. Apr-Nov T-Sa 10AM-4PM, Dec-Mar T-Sa 11AM-3PM. Specializes in regional Navajo and Hopi arts and crafts, and books of local interest. Free.

Eat[edit]

  •    Casa Blanca Café1201 E 2nd St +1 928-289-4191. M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11:30AM-8PM, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas. Serviceable, inexpensive Mexican food. A different opinion says this is one of the great bargain foodie road warrior stops if you want AzMex home cooking. Outstanding sopapillas, huevos rancheros and homemade salsa. Local dining at its finest. Kid friendly, family oriented, mobbed by locals. Dinners $4-10.
  •    Turquoise Room303 E 2nd St (La Posada Inn),  +1 928-289-2888. High-end drinking in the desert with a competent and capable barman. Perfect, a bit pricey, to wash that road dirt from your throat. Very classy and original.

Groceries[edit]

  •    Safeway1601 N Park Dr +1 928-289-3126. Daily 5AM-10PM. Has a hot and cold full-service deli for self-catering options, as well as a pharmacy onsite.
  •    Walmart Supercenter700 Mikes Pike +1 928-289-4641. Daily 7AM-11PM. Has a full grocery store, deli and pharmacy.

Drink[edit]

  •    PT's1500 E 3rd St +1 928-289-0787. Live music and karaoke on some weekends. A nice, relaxing place where locals meet with friends.

Sleep[edit]

Interior of the historic La Posada Hotel

Lodging in Winslow can charitably be described as "functional" - geared to the thousands of travelers passing by on I-40 who need a place to sleep and nothing more. The usual motels and motor lodges (Best Western, Days Inn, Super 8, etc.) cluster near the exits, with little to choose among them. For a bit of flavor of the old town and Route 66, try the La Posada Hotel.

  •    La Posada Hotel303 E 2nd St (Old Rte 66),  +1 928-289-4366, e-mail: . One of the legendary Fred Harvey stations, designed by architect Mary Colter, is in the process of a multi-year restoration. An architectural gem and must-stop for Route 66 tourists, rail buffs and fans of Old Hollywood. Very-high-quality gift shop, excellent bar and quality high-end restaurant in The Turquoise Room. Pets welcomed for a slight additional charge. Pretentious and prissy staff can ruin the experience. Complete disconnect from the surrounding native populace. $89-169.
  •    Quality Inn1701 N Park Dr +1 928-289-4638fax: +1 928-289-5514. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Free wi-fi and breakfast, laundromat, pets accepted. $69-$109/night.

Camping[edit]

  •    McHood Park / Clear Creek ReservoirHwy 99 +1 928-289-2855. Grills and restrooms available, but no hookups or water connections. For park description, see listing above. Free.
  •    Homolovi State Park Campground (I-40 Exit 257, 1.5 miles north on Hwy 87),  +1 520-586-2283 (reservations). Open year-round, showers and toilets available. For park description see listing above. $25 (electric site), $15-$18 (non-electric site).

Connect[edit]

  •    Winslow Public Library420 W Gilmore St +1 928-289-4982. Su 10AM-2PM, T 10AM-5PM, W 10AM-7PM, Th-F 10AM-5PM. Has public access computers, and wi-fi throughout the building 24 hrs/day.

Cope[edit]

Go next[edit]

Nearby destinations include:

Routes through Winslow
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