Top 15 Things To Do In Snowflake, Arizona

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Snowflake, Arizona, which received its somewhat unexpected name from its founders E. Snow and W. J. Flake, sits about three hours northeast of Phoenix, just slightly above the boundaries of Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest. The town is small, but the history is rich in its flavor! Proudly, the town holds onto the pioneering culture which flavored so much of its past. Experience a bit of this history by walking through one of the many pioneer houses scattered throughout the town! Check out the unique Snowflake Temple and marvel at its stunning architecture and colors. Or, enjoy one of the tasty local restaurants. Keep scrolling to find out more about the best things to do in Snowflake, Arizona.

1. Climb the summit of Four Mile Knoll

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Arizona is known for its magnificent mountains and canyons. Take the opportunity to see the wonders of its landscapes up close. Climb the summit, Four Mile Knoll, standing 1,815 m (5,955 ft) above ground. It’s situated northwest of Snowflake Municipal Airport, about 7 minutes by car or 29 minutes on foot via Ridge View Ranch Drive. On average, an amateur trekker takes 300 m (984 ft) per hour to climb up mountains. That said, you’ll need about six hours of walking to get to the beautiful Four Mile Knoll. The view will be worth it, for sure. Join groups and ask for recommendations for your upcoming adventure.

Four Mile Knoll

Address: Snowflake, AZ 85937, United States

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2. Be amazed by the impressive rock formations of Five Mile Canyon

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Pack your adventure spirit and try the action-filled canyoneering at least once in your lifetime. When in Snowflake, you cannot miss the spectacular rock formations of Five Mile Canyon. The trek usually lasts six to eight hours, depending on your physical capacity. But expect to get wet, as the canyon features several magnificent pools. Unlike its neighboring canyons, Five Mile has more open flat areas, which will suit beginners. For safety, you are wise to travel in groups with a seasoned guide.

Five Mile Canyon

Address: Cedar Fort, UT 84013, USA

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3. Spend fun family weekends at Snowflake Town Park

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Public parks can turn into fun family destinations when you know the right spots. Snowflake Town Park, albeit relatively small, is well-maintained, clean, and complete with facilities, including restrooms. It features picnic tables overlooking a large sports field - great for spending weekend lunches with your family. The park also has a skateboarding facility, a sand-filled play area, and a pickleball field, so your kids have several activity options. Meanwhile, you can read your book on the hilly side where the benches are while watching your kids enjoy playing in the sun.

Snowflake Town Park

Address: 100 West 9th St, Snowflake, Arizona 85937 United States

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

Price: Free

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4. Have a meal at The Skillet Cafe

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People keep coming back to this quaint little restaurant standing beside a golf course. The Skillet Cafe exudes an irresistible warm vibe and serves delectable hot meals in a casual setting. Dining here, either after an intense golf practice or simply when hunger pangs hit you, feels like dining in your home. The friendly staff welcomes you with a ready smile. Pancakes, onion rings, meatloaf, chicken wings - whatever is your comfort food, you can very well have it at this charming American restaurant.

The Skillet Cafe

Address: 90 W Country Club Dr # 200, Snowflake, AZ 85937, United States

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 3pm; Fri - Sat: 8am - 8pm

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5. Marvel at the architecture of Snowflake Arizona Temple

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This magnificent temple stands out among the scenery of Snowflake atop Temple Hill. Constructed mostly with a marble exterior which glows in the warm desert sun, Snowflake Arizona Temple was built in 2002 and it continues to be an operating temple for the LDS Church. Inside, the decorations are highly reflective of the pioneer-type style, nodding back to the culture of the town’s pioneer ancestry. Also, you will find the colorful artistic influences of Navajo Native Americans throughout, from baskets to rugs, to pottery. Both externally and interiorly, Snowflake Arizona Temple’s majesty deserves a look!

Snowflake Temple

Address: 1875 Canyon Dr, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Snowflake Temple

Opening hours: Tue: 7am - 6:30pm; Wed: 8:30am - 6:30pm; Thu: 7am - 6:30pm; Fri: 5:30am - 6:30pm; Sat: 7am - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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6. Play golf at Snowflake Community Golf Course

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Take advantage of the tempered weather of Arizona by spending the day working your way through the 27 holes of the Snowflake Community Golf Course! The course is immaculately manicured and it sits just below Temple Hill on a large stretch of land. Rent a golf cart and challenge yourself to some of the difficult holes geared towards the level of seasoned players. But don’t fret if you’re still learning! You can practice your skills on the driving range, or set yourself up for success on one of the simpler areas! No matter your skill level, everyone will enjoy their day on this putting green.

Snowflake Community Golf Course

Address: 90 N W Country Club Dr, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Snowflake Community Golf Course

Opening hours: 7am - 4:30pm (daily)

Price: 8 - 28USD

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7. Pack a picnic lunch to have at Pioneer Park

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Pioneer Park is a lovely public park to spend any day, especially with the kids! With plenty of walking paths and lots of grassy lawns, it’s a beautiful area to exercise or throw down a blanket and soak in the sun. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy yummy homemade sandwiches at the picnicking area. Pack the frisbee and start a game of Ultimate on the grassy area! And especially during the summer months, let the kids run around in the splash pad during the toasty days of summer!

Pioneer Park

Address: 506 1st St E, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Pioneer Park

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8. Tour the historical John A. Freeman Home

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The John A. Freeman Home remains as one of the original pioneer homes of Snowflake. Built in 1893, it stands as one of the most intact examples of the Gothic Revival style after many intentional years of care, starting when Freeman himself lived there a century ago with his wife. Today, by contacting the Snowflake Chamber of Commerce, you can tour the home free of charge and listen to the interesting history involved in the late 1800s. And after the tour, stop at the quaint onsite café for a pastry before continuing your time in Snowflake!

John A. Freeman Home

Address: 102 1st St E, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: John A. Freeman Home

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 2pm (closed on Sun)

Price: Free

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9. Attend a summer festival at Snowflake City Park

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Snowflake City Park’s sprawling green lawns and towering trees set the perfect backdrop for a picnic afternoon, providing shade from the sun and large spaces where the kiddos can run! Once a year, during the warm months of summer, the town throws a wild wild west themed festival in the park! During these Pioneer Days, everyone can experience tastes of covered wagon, cattle-herding fun! From vendors selling homemade soaps, quilts and accessories, to cowboys wrangling steers at the rodeo, it’s an event at the Snowflake City Park which no one will want to miss!

Snowflake City Park

Address: Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Snowflake City Park

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10. Step back in time at Stinson Pioneer Museum

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Stinson Pioneer Museum holds displays and exhibits of pioneer life back in the 1800s. You can admire the pictures throughout the museum, with plaques giving you history and information on the challenges and innovations which the pioneers encountered. There are also many examples of Native American artifacts, from clothing and jewelry to hunting weapons and pottery. Check out a couple of the rooms which are furnished in the style of 19th century pioneer days and be sure to snap a picture of the old weaving loom which was used by Lucy Hannah Flake to make rugs and clothing for her family!

Stinson Pioneer Museum

Address: 102 1st St E, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Stinson Pioneer Museum

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 2pm (closed on Sun)

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11. Pick a plump pumpkin at Willis Farm

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Willis Farm opens during the gorgeous fall months to provide you with the best of autumnal festivities! Bring your kids, bring your date, bring your girl gang, and don’t forget the camera, because everyone will love spending an afternoon partaking of this farm’s fun! Tromp through the pumpkin patch to find the best one for carving; try to find your way through the Big Cornmaze or the Agrifact Maze; test your mettle at the thrilling Haunt Nights; challenge your friends with some Laser Tag after dark; take your kids to ride the train and play around in the Game Zone. If it’s fall vibes you’re after, look no further – Willis Farm has got it all!

Willis Farm

Address: 381 South 1st St E, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Willis Farm

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 1pm - 10pm; Sat: 10am - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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12. Enjoy Mexican cuisine at El Cupidos Mexican Food

Assorted Mexian food
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Craving some authentic southwestern Mexican food? Need to cater your next event? Want something delicious for dinner but have no desire to leave the house? Prefer to enjoy the Mexican environment as well as the food? Well, El Cupidos Mexican Food can do all that and more! Simply check out their menu, pick your favorites, and they’ll help with the rest! They provide a large selection of breakfast burritos and omelets for the morning, and a huge variety of burritos bulging with the freshest veggies and richest meats and salsas. So choose your appetizer, pick your temperature of salsa, and take advantage of all that El Cupidos has to offer!

El Cupidos

Address: 379 Main St, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: El Cupidos

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6am - 8:30pm (closed on Sun)

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13. Tour Snowflake’s historic homes

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Anyone in the area can tell you that some of the things Snowflake is known for are the hundreds of historic buildings in the town. Many of these are the historic homes which the pioneers themselves built when they homesteaded in the Snowflake Valley in the 1800s. Some of the homes allow walk-through tours so you can see the way the pioneers furnished, decorated, and utilized the spaces within. Others have hands-on learning activities, such as blacksmith and weaving experiences. Plus, if you schedule it ahead of time, you might be able to experience pioneer-style transportation in a covered wagon, typical of many of the families who lived in these historic homes!

Snowflake’s Historic Homes

Address: 102 1st St E, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: Snowflake’s Historic Homes

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 2pm (closed on Sun)

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14. Try a cocktail at Ranch House Saloon

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Stop by Ranch House Saloon after a busy work week and order one of their cold brews and a tasty appetizer. Or you can have a nice mixer made with one of their quality whiskeys. The locals highly recommend this bar as a spot where something is always going on! From the delicious Taco Tuesday menu to tequila-themed events to whiskey tasting nights, there’s always something yummy being served up at the Ranch House Saloon!

Ranch House Saloon

Address: 691 W Snowflake Blvd, Snowflake, Arizona 85937

Website: Ranch House Saloon

Opening hours: 10am - 2pm (daily)

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15. Dine at La Cocina De Eva

Chips and salsa
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Locals and visitors alike love the dishes which La Cocina De Eva serves up! Guests are highly pleased with the welcoming staff and flavorful food, which never falls below the standard of delicious! Be sure to order the chips and salsa, one of their specialties. From authentic bean burritos to enchiladas smothered in cheese to tacos bursting with flavor, you won’t ever leave La Concina De Eva disappointed or hungry! So, stop in and see just what makes the locals come back again and again.

La Cocina De Eva

Address: 201 Main St, Snowflake, AZ 85937

Website: La Cocina De Eva

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 8pm (closed on Sun)

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A small town with rich history

Known for its history, Snowflake, Arizona, stands as a tribute to the influences of the pioneers who explored the land back in the 19th century. Today, however, you have the chance to visit this historic town and experience the ways in which this history has been preserved! And, on top of that, take advantage of the festivals, parks, and restaurants which this small town has to offer!

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