Snowflake & Taylor
The Snowflake area is known as the "Hub" of the White
Mountains as it is centrally located. Only an hour's drive from many great
outdoor activities such as camping, hunting,
fishing, and skiing.
From Phoenix, the towns of Snowflake-Taylor are a
pleasant three hour drive to enjoy year-round golfing at the
Snowflake Municipal Golf Course. The
course is adjacent to a 90 space RV park and set amidst the beautiful Snowflake
Country Club Estates. The town offers two motels with over 65 rooms for
travelers, along with local restaurants and cafes that provide an "Old West"
James Stinson, a cattleman engaged in supplying
cattle to a military post, established his Rancho Rio De La Plata on the Silver
Creek. He first saw the Silver Creek valley in about 1870 to 1873. He hired
about 400 Mexican workers and they soon had 300 acres under irrigation.
In the summer of 1878, a group of Mormon pioneers,
including Erastus Snow and William J. Flake, were sent on colonization missions
by Brigham Young. They settled on the Stinson Ranch and named the townsite
Snowflake. That same year, settlers also founded Taylor, named in honor of John
Taylor, a president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints. Many
descendants of these pioneers are still in the area.
the homes of the first generation of settlers still remain in a habitable
condition with their original decorations and are listed with the Arizona State
Historic Preservation Office. Six, of the over one hundred homes, are listed on
the National Register of Historic Buildings. Visitors to Snowflake-Taylor will
enjoy a walking or driving tour of these many historic buildings. There are
numerous fine examples of Victorian, Georgian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Colonial,
and Neoclassical architecture. Three of the homes are historical museums which
can be toured on week days or by appointment.
- The Sinks: Unique geological formations where the
ground has sunken into subterranean faults and created huge
- Petroglyphs: Areas of Silver Creek Canyon where past
native inhabitants have covered the walls with symbolic writings telling events
of their time.
- Taylor Cemetery: Buried under rows of towering spruce.
Pioneers were told spruce trees could not be transplanted there, nor would they
- Black Mesa: Unusual flat-top mountain/ridge covered
with Indian ruins and history of the area.
- Cabin "found in a fire": An old pioneer home that
burned and revealed a complete cabin that had been converted to a sewing room
in the house built around it.
- Pioneer memorial homes: Tour them in the summer for an
interesting trip to the pioneer past.
For further information, contact:
Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce
Snowflake, AZ 85937
phone: (928) 536-4331
Town of Snowflake
81 W. First Street
Snowflake, AZ 85937
phone: (928) 536-7103
Town of Taylor
P.O. Box 158
Taylor, AZ 85939
phone: (928) 536-7366
This information was prepared by the Arizona Department of
Commerce Communications and Research Division in cooperation with the Town of