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Tourism in Snowflake

Between the area’s local attractions, regional attractions and Native-American attractions, guests can easily fill a day, a weekend or a week with sightseeing in the White Mountains region.

James M. Flake House

Local Attractions
The James M. Flake House was a home built in 1895 by Jim Flake for his growing family. The “Big House,” a popular site on the Historic Homes Tour, features original furniture, photographs and artifacts.

The John A. Freeman Home exhibits a typical Mormon home in the 1890s. The home was recently restored by the town of Snowflake.

Snowflake Temple serves approximately 35,000 Latter-Day Saints residing in the northeastern section of the state as well as parts of New Mexico. The 17,500 square-foot temple stands as the 108th temple built throughout the world and the 51st in the country. The beautiful architecture both inside and out make this site one not to be missed.

Snowflake Monument portrays a meeting between William Jordan Flake and Erastus Snow in 1878. The monument depicts Snow inquiring if the town had been named, eventually proposing the combination of the names Snow and Flake.

Shumway School, located five minutes south of Taylor, is the only one-room brick schoolhouse that is still standing in the state. The schoolhouse was in use from 1904 through 1947 and was repaired in 2001.

Stinson Museum

Stinson Museum displays artifacts and pictures from Snowflake’s early history. The curator, Susan Lofthouse, recalls the history of both Snowflake and Taylor for eager patrons.

Taylor Pioneer Museum was built in 1930 and houses artifacts from Taylor’s history. One of the museum’s highlights is an exhibit of the drum, which is seen in the town logo of Taylor.

Petroglyphs and pictographs from early Native-American tribes can be found on cliff walls, overhangs and monoliths.

Regional Attractions
Several archaeological ruins can be found in the region, including the Casa Malpais Ruins, which overlook Springerville and Rattlesnake Point Ruin and Petroglyph Trail at Lymon Lake State Park.

A few Native-American attractions are also accessible within a half-day’s drive from Snowflake/Taylor – Monument Valley, where visitors can tour the Navajo Nation; Hopi Nation, featuring the famous villages of Kykotsmovi and Second Mesa; and the Fort Apache Historic Park, which is an hour’s drive from the area. The park is a 288-acre site comprised of prehistoric ruins, petroglyphs, a museum, the old military cemetery and much more.

Snowflake/Taylor – Monument Valley

Dining is abundant in the area, offering a variety of cuisines and environments. Amelia’s Garden in Snowflake affords a healthier menu made from organic and natural food. Restaurants in nearby Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside are home to a wide array of restaurants including Khadija’s Bakery and Bistro, well-known for their soups and sandwiches; The Lion’s Den, boasting the Mountain Wineburger; home-style cooking at Mama Bear’s Restaurant; and additional casual dining at Dimples Bar and Grill and Sandbagger’s Bar and Grill.

At the end of the day, finding comfortable accommodations in the area is simple. Visitors have a choice of economy rooms and bed and breakfasts in the Snowflake/Taylor area.

The Comfort Inn affords 64 rooms, a fitness facility, meeting rooms and a free continental breakfast. The hotel is located at 2055 South Main Street in Snowflake.

Additional economy rooms are available at the Cedar Motel at 39 South Main Street in Snowflake and the Silver Creek Inn at 825 North Main Street in Taylor, which provides 42 rooms, a spa and complimentary breakfast and coffee.

The Osmer D. Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast is a restored Pioneer home built in 1890. The home features 12 cozy rooms and offers a delicious gourmet breakfast. The bed and breakfast is located at 161 North Main Street in Snowflake.

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