Holbrook Travel Guide

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Holbrook Things to Do

  • Holbrook Depot 1892

    Built in 1892 by the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad of red sandstone, the depot was used by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to transport passengers from and to the Grand Canyon, but sadly services stopped in 1971. The frieght rooms additions were added in 1912-1917 as traffic increased. These structures are of concrete and stucco, not...

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  • Petrified Forest National Park

    The park is just located right outside the Holbrook. You can enter the park from only two entrances. North entrance: from I-40 Exit 311 and the other is the south entrance off US 180.Here is a timeline:Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves was the first to document finding petrified wood in this region.

1853: Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, during a...

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  • Painted Desert

    The Painted Desert if part of the Petrified Forest National Park. It consists of more than 93,500 acres, with vast landscape featuring rocks with many beautiful colors from deep lavenders and rich grays to reds, oranges and even pinks.

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  • Meet Wild Bill

    I saw a billboard on the way to the Petrified Forest National Park and it was advertising a fossilized Alligator called Wild Bill so I wanted to see this roadside wonder. I was not disappointed because it is real and free. Wild Bill, named after a friend of Gray family, Wild Bill is a fossilized Alligator approximately 2.9 millions years old and...

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  • Rainbow Rock Shop & Dinosaurs

    Located right on the corner of Navajo Blvd and US 180 is a neat little rock shop with these huge concrete dinosaurs who have graced this corner for over 20 years. It a great place to just stop and take some unique photo's. If you look around the building, you can see all type of rocks, petrified wood & Geodes available for sale. Also, they have a...

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  • Wigwam Motel

    Wigwam Motel started in the 1950's by Chester E. Lewis and is still owned and operated by the Lewis family. This site is listed on National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 2002. It became very popular during its heyday of the Route 66 days. As a kid, I would sigh everytime we passed by this wonderful piece of Americana. It was fun to see it...

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  • Don't Drive By And Miss This

    You can see this park in a minimum of two hours, although more time would be nice. The tree stumps are so numerous, colorful and just about everywhere there is a parking area. You can take a short hike and wander through the areas, each one having a different kind of petrification.The first part of the park is dedicated to the Painted Desert. There...

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  • Veterans Memorials

    On the grounds of the old courthouse, there are two veterans memorials dedicated to area veterans who gave their lives in the countries wars.

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  • Navajo County Museum (Other Displays)

    The Navajo County Museum also houses several historical displays including: Pioneer items; a military room; the pony express; a school room; and a display about the town's saloons (the bucket of blood saloon was named after a gunfight where two Mexicans were killed).

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  • Navajo County Museum (Old Courthouse)

    The Navajo County Museum is located in the old Navajo County Courthouse and contains a few rooms showing the old courthouse. Hours for the museum are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday.

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  • Holbrook Historic District

    Holbrook has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest (including the old depot).

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  • Holbrook and Navajo County

    Holbrook is a town of over 5000 located along Interstate 40 in Northwest Arizona. Holbrook is the county seat of Navajo County. Holbrook was established in the early 1880s and was named after the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.The new county courthouse is located on the outskirts of town. The old courthouse is located in...

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  • Painted Desert

    The whole Painted Desert actually covers almost 95,000 acres from the Grand Canyon to the part you see in the Petrified Forest National Park. The area was formed by the Chinle Formation, a very soft layer of earth consisting mainly of mud, sandstone, and volcanic ash. The softness of the soil allows for fantastic erosion effects as well as colorful...

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  • Petrified Forest National Park

    The Petrified Forest National Park was established in 1906. The park has one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, the colorful painted desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and 225 million year old fossils. It is open from 7 AM to 7 PM during the summer and from 8 AM to 5 PM in the winter. The...

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  • Meteor Crater

    About 50,000 years ago a meteor estimated to be about 150 feet in diameter slammed into the earth about 20 miles west of modern day Winslow, Arizona. The depression is about 0.75 miles in diameter and 550 feet deep. It is one of the better examples of a meteor crater on the planet; but the area is privately owned, and the entry charge ($10 per...

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  • Petrified Forest and Painted Dessert

    Just amazing, in Greece there is one with only 2 trees but here as far as you can see tree trunks and bit and pieces laying around. It is one of the most amazing things we've ever seen.Just spend the day there driving around and at the end enjoy the Painted Dessert. Don't forget to look at the rockpaintings at Newspaper Rock.

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  • Petrified Forest & Painted Desert

    The Petrified Forest is about 30 miles down Interstate 40 from Holbrook. This National Park features petrified trees at the southern end, the middle has native American historical artifacts, and the north end of the park offers great views of the Painted Desert. Entrance is $20 per vehicle for a one-week period, and the park is just 28 miles long,...

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  • Old Route 66

    Prior to the establishment of the interstate system, Route 66 ran from Santa Monica, California to Chicago, Illinois. After WWII, when Eisenhower saw the value of Germany's autobahn, he pushed for similar multi lane, divided highways in the US.Route 66 ran down what is now Navajo Blvd in Holbrook, AZ. The street here is lined with signed embedded...

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  • Painted Desert

    The photo does not do justice to the scale and colours on view.Yet another example that makes Arizona such an inspiring place to visit.

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  • Petrified Forest

    I'd read mixed reviews on this - people complaining of lack of trees!Well - they may look like trees but they're actually lumps of rock and they are pretty amazing. Visit the park museum and listen to the rangers or read the material to find out what it's all about.I'm certainly glad I went.

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  • Wigwam Motel

    It's not really right to put this under 'Hotel' as I didn't stay there.I just passed through Holbrook on my way down Route 66 but the place is so unusual I just had to put it in here.

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Holbrook Hotels

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  • Travelodge Holbrook

    An average hotel with free wifi, plenty of parking, and within walking distance of a few of...

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  • Motel 6 Holbrook

    2514 Navajo Blvd, I-40 at Exit #289, Holbrook, Arizona, 86025, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Arizonian Inn

    we arrived very early but we allready could check in. toll free 1-877-280-7300

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Holbrook Restaurants

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    by Ewingjr98 Written Sep 7, 2006

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    An average Denny's or Perkin's-type family restaurant, I enjoyed the chicken fried steak. Unfortunately they had no beer. Service was OK, food was good... all in all an average experience.

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Holbrook Shopping

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    by Yaqui Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    We stopped in here because I wanted to see Wild Bill. What a huge shop. At first I didin't quite understand why some companies can harvest the petrified wood since it is against the law to take anything from the national park. As it turns out, Jim Gray Company owns mineral rights to many areas outside of the park and are licensed to sell. They make all kinds of things out of the beautiful wood. The furniture is spectacular. The jewelry is beautiful and stunning. It is amazing the various colors of the wood produces. You just have to walk thru the whole store to see all the things they sell. I will say, it made me nervous having my autistic son with me because he wanted to touch everything, so he had to stand by my side the whole time.

    This store has some real retro cars in front of it too, just like the Wigwam Hotel in honor of the Old Route 66 Days.

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    • Historical Travel

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