Famous the world over for a single line in an Eagles song, Winslow, Arizona is more than just a throwback town to the days of Route 66. With petroglyphs, outdoor adventures, and the best-preserved meteor impact site on earth, Winslow combines history and nature’s beauty, in one place.
1. 1. Standin’ on the Corner Park
When classic rock fans worldwide hear the name “Winslow, Arizona,” the next words out of their mouths are probably, “Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…” From the iconic song “Take it Easy” by the Eagles, those lines put Winslow on the map, and when you visit Winslow, you can see the corner in person.
On the corner of Route 66 and North Kinsley Avenue is a tribute to the Eagles song, a statue of a 1970’s man, garbed in jeans, boots and a vest, with a guitar propped on his toe. Thousands of visitors each year stop at the park to pose with the statue and pay tribute to the song that revitalized Winslow.
Standin’ on the Corner Park
Address: Standin’ On The Corner Park, Old Hwy 66, Winslow, AZ 86047
Website: Standin’ on the Corner Park
2. 2. Rock Art Ranch
Every year, thousands of archaeologists and archaeology students travel to the Rock Art Ranch in Winslow, Arizona to explore and study one of the biggest and best-preserved collections of ancient petroglyphs, in the world. In this self-guided tour, you can travel down into the canyon and see where the original Arizonians lived, all while enjoying the beautiful oasis of a creek, separate from the traditional Arizona desert.
The ranch also features the Anasazi Museum, home of multiple artefacts from thousands of years ago, and information about the glyphs and people who lived there.
Rock Art Ranch
Address: Rock Art Ranch Rd, Winslow, AZ 86047
Facebook: Rock Art Ranch
3. 3. Homolovi State Park
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For more ancient ruins that helped shape history, head to the Homolovi State Park. Fifteen minutes outside of Winslow, Arizona, are the remains of the Homolovi settlement, before the Anasazi people headed north to join the Hopi. Today, the Hopi consider the Homolovi site a part of their history, as many of their ancestors hail from the Anasazi, that built the pueblo.
At the park, you can walk on the trails around the ruins, while enjoying the beauty of the desert. A visitor centre with Hopi artefacts and history of the Hopi is also open to the public, with exhibits featuring the changing art of current Hopi members, alongside prehistoric pottery, stone and bone tools. RV and tent camping are available, perfect for enjoying an Arizona night.
Homolovi State Park
Address: Homolovi State Park, Arizona 87, Winslow, AZ 86047
Website: Homolovi State Park
4. 4. La Posada Hotel & Gardens
Built in 1929, by the Santa Fe Railway and perhaps the last great railroad hotel, La Posada Hotel & Gardens stands today as a historic monument. Despite multiple threats of the hotel being demolished, throughout the years, La Posada was refurbished in 1997 and re-opened to the public.
Today when you visit, you’ll see beautifully maintained gardens and art, exhibited throughout the hotel. While a stay at the hotel isn’t necessary to enjoy its history and art, each room at the hotel is unique and many feature handmade Ponderosa pine beds, mosaic tile bathrooms, and some even have whirlpool tubs.
La Posada Hotel & Gardens
Address: La Posada Lodge & Casitas, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, 5900 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
Website: La Posada Hotel & Gardens
5. 5. Old Trails Museum
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As the home for many Native American tribes, and the centre of Westward expansion, Arizona is the centre of many cultures. At the Old Trails Museum, you can view this history on display. The museum is home to multiple exhibits, from all points in time, including the pre-history meteor crater and Columbian mammoths, artefacts and information about the Hopi, Laguna, and Navajo peoples, trails from early residents, the various railways that have shaped the town, and exhibits about historic buildings and businesses, in Winslow.
The collections are made up of objects, documents, photographs, and textiles, with oral histories donated by Winslow residents. Each exhibit comes together to give visitors a rounded view of Winslow, Arizona and its past.
Old Trails Museum
Address: Old Trails Museum, 212 N Kinsley Ave, Winslow, AZ 86047
Website: Old Trails Museum
6. 6. Arizona 66 Trading Company
Named for the historic highway that turned Winslow into a tourist town, the Arizona 66 Trading Company is a perfect nod to the Old West. This cute country store is a great place to find Winslow souvenirs for your relatives and yourself, with beautiful jewellery, T-shirts, and art from local artists. Before you go, take a few minutes to cool off, out of the Arizona heat, with cold drinks and ice cream.
Arizona 66 Trading Company
Address: 101 Old Hwy 66, Winslow, AZ 86047
Facebook: Arizona 66 Trading Company
7. 7. First Street Pathway Park
For a perfect place to watch trains on a historic railway, head to the First Street Pathway Park. At the First Street Pathway Park, you’ll find a small path that leads to a totem pole, with the railway easy to see, just a few yards away. Rhyming highway signs and a station clock are scattered about the park, telling of Winslow’s history.
This attraction is perfect for a relaxed afternoon stroll, allowing you to view multiple aspects of Winslow, at your own pace and leisure.
First Street Pathway Park
Address: First Street Pathway Park, W 1st St, Winslow, AZ 86047
8. 8. McHood Park
At McHood Park, you can experience Arizona’s outdoors, on a lake. McHood Park is a reservoir, perfect for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, and canoeing. If you have a boat, be sure to look for the petroglyphs, on the sides of the canyon that the water runs through.
Surrounding the park are boulders fit for climbing and exploring. At the park, keep your eyes out for wildlife, including a vast selection of birds for the avid and casual birdwatcher, alike. The grounds are a beautiful place for a hike, and when you’re done, pitch a tent or park your RV for the night. While there are no hookups, camping is free for 14 nights.
9. 9. Hike and see the beautiful color changing rocks at Little Painted Desert County Park
For those into a little trekking adventure, then visiting Little Painted Desert County Park is the way to go when in Winslow. This county park stands out on its own right for its majestic rock formations and hues of changing colors. This part of Winslow provides parking and facilities around the area best for those adventurers who drove up to see this scenic yet underrated attraction. Little Painted Desert County Park has a paved trail making it more convenient for avid nature photographers to get the best snapshot for their Instagram portfolios. Hike your way into a beautiful view and make the most out of your Winslow adventure in this hidden gem of an attraction.
Little Painted Desert County Park
Address: Painted Desert Rim Drive, Winslow, AZ
Opening hours: 24 hours, Mondays to Sundays
Duration: 2 hours
10. 10. Arizona Meteor Crater
Finally, just outside Winslow, is the international travel destination, the Arizona Meteor Crater. The site of a 50,000-year-old encounter with space draws thousands of visitors each year, who wish to explore and contemplate the magnitude of the meteor’s impact. At the park, you will learn about the discovery of the site and the scientists who worked to find the final resting place of the massive piece of space matter that hit our planet.
A lookout point is available for you to gaze across the 4,000 foot wide (1219 meter) crater, and guided tours are given daily. If you’re wanting to stay the night, an RV park is also on site, with modern restrooms and showers. Don’t worry about running out of gas or getting hungry: a Mobil gas station and “The Hole Enchilada” Mexican Restaurant are next door to the crater, ready to take care of your vacation needs.
Arizona Meteor Crater
Address: Meteor Crater, Winslow, AZ 86047
Website: Arizona Meteor Crater
11. 11. Explore Arizona's dark tourism at the Apache Death Cave
Those who are into some dark tourism is up for a treat when in Arizona. The Apache Death Cave is a place to check out when you’re after a little thrill in your step. The long and mythical history behind the Apache Death Cave premised local tribes, angry spirits, and a cursed land that was impacted by settlers which later became known to be a superstition more than a historical account. It was said that a wall of charred horses was stacked high together which trapped the men inside the cave as the flames commenced. Today, the town utilized the tragic incident as a tourism ploy and features the bones of the dead Apache warriors as props towards the cave. Defy your goosebumps and explore this part of Winslow and snap a picture of the mythical scene.
Apache Death Cave
Address: 2 Guns, Winslow, AZ 86047, United States
Opening hours: 24 hours, Sundays to Mondays
12. 12. Have a weekender drink at the Relic Road Brewing Company
Wind down from a long day of exploring and chill at Relic Road Brewing Company. This local Arizonian bar holds a series of locally made drinks, from alcoholic to non-alcoholic, a little bit of something for everyone. The place is family-friendly, best for those traveling in big groups and definitely emits Southern charm from its interior to their drinks, Relic Road Brewing Company is a great place to be if you wish to experience true Texan locale.
Relic Road Brewing Company
Address: Relic Road Brewing Company, 107 W Second St, Winslow, AZ 86047-3603
Contact: +1 928 224 0045
Opening hours: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Sundays to Mondays
Stand on a corner in Winslow!
While you may have only heard of Winslow because of a classic rock band, or because your astronomy professor included it in a slideshow, the town is definitely worth a visit. Both the local history and the Arizona wilds are waiting to be explored, whether in a museum, on the lake, or walking around the town. Whatever you choose to do, Winslow will be a trip to remember.
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