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Pick your spot - off the highway: BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING
There is no accomodations within the Park.
Wilderness backpacking is allowed with a permit from the visitor center. Take all of your water and lots of sun protection. There are no trees out here that haven't been turned to stone. There are no trails, no set destinations, but that is kind of like life!?
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OK RV Park: A Campground in Holbrook
We typically like to stay in National and State Parks, but there was no campground in Painted Desert or Petrified Forest. Since we essentially just needed a place to spend the nights while visiting the parks, Holbrook was a convenient location. We chose the OK RV Park, and since it was their off season, we did not need to make a reservation ahead of time. This is not a beautiful park, and the sites are close to each other, but the staff was friendly and helpful, I was able to do laundry, and had the use of WiFi at our campsite. The restrooms were clean, you will have full hook-ups, and all the sites are pull-thrus. This park is a Good Sam Park, and approved by AAA. You can also receive a discount with an AARP card or as an Active Military Personnel.
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Wigwam Village #6 Motel: A Bit of History
Although we were traveling with our 5th wheel trailer, when I saw this motel I just had to photograph it, and upon returning home I spent time reading about it on the web. This is a true piece of history, and in 2002 the Wigwam Village was named to the National Register of Historic Places. If I ever get the chance, I would enjoy stepping back into history and staying in one of these. There are 15 teepees, all built of concrete and steel, surrounding an office. These measure 21 feet at the base, and are 28 feet high The teepee rooms contain the original hand-made hickory furniture, and are equipped with a sink, toilet, shower, a television, and air conditioner.
Though called Wigwams, these are really shaped like teepees, but Frank Redford who patented this design in 1936 didn’t like the word teepee. The motel that you see in Holbrook was built by Chester Lewis, who bought copies of the plans, and the right to use the Wigwam Village name. As part of the right of use agreement Lewis had to install coin operated radios. Travelers who stayed in the motel had to pay a dime for 30 minutes to hear the radio. All of the money earned from the radios had to be sent to Redford as a payment. Seven Wigwam Villages were built across the country between 1936 and the 1950s. This motel is Wigwam Village Motel #6, as it was the 6th Wigwam Village built. There are a number of vintage automobiles permanently parked through out the village, including a Studebaker that was owned by Mr. Lewis, which adds to the feeling of stepping back in time. This motel was popular with people traveling along the historic Route 66. Mr. Lewis operated the motel until the late 1970. After I-40 was built, bypassing downtown Holbrook, Lewis sold the motel. The new owner operated it as a gas station, however, two years after Lewis died, his wife and grown children re-purchased the motel and reopened it in 1988. They removed the old gas pumps, and turned the main office into a museum, which holds Mr. Lewis’ collection of Indian artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, route 66 collectibles, and petrified wood. I didn’t discover until I was home, and had begun to read about the motel, that this museum is open to the public.
Of the seven original Wigwam Village Motels constructed, only the one in Holbrook; Motel #2 in Cave City, Kentucky; and #7 in Rialto/San Bernadino, California remain.
The motel basically looks the same as it historically did when it opened in 1950, making it a perfect stay for anyone interested in history
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