Visitors to Snowflake’s historic homes and tree-lined streets are captivated by its hometown charm and inspiring location. Less than twenty-five miles to the south, the White Mountains’ conifer wilderness climbs to 7000+ feet; thirty miles to the north, on Old Route 66 / I-40, the expanses of the Painted Desert, Navajo Nation and the Petrified Forest National Park offer a rare natural beauty.
Why Snowflake? Does it snow? Although we do receive modest amounts of quickly-melting winter snowfall, Snowflake was named by early Mormon leaders, Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake. Their dramatic saga remains a strong part of Snowflake’s identity. Contrary to our name, our geographic location is spared harsh winters, and summer months bring cool breezes that rarely let the temperature rise to the record heat Arizona is known for.
Snowflake is a pleasant 3 hour drive from Phoenix, through either the scenic “Rim Road” or through the heart of Arizona’s copper country, the Cobre Valley.
While in Snowflake, you may wish to take one of the Southwest’s premier walking tours of the restored scenic homes from the early pioneer days. These homes, carefully restored and meticulously manicured, capture the diversity of the 19th century architecture, and the pioneer spirit of those that forged a new life in a the untamed west.
The recent completion of the Snowflake LDS Temple, only one of 108 worldwide, has brought our community international attention. While it is not open for tours to the general public, many visitors enjoy the clean architecture and magnificent views overlooking the community.
Although known for our clean air and plentiful sunshine, you’ll find the people of Snowflake are our greatest asset. Here you’ll find residents who care about their neighbors, and the sense of family is strong in our community.
Come visit Snowflake, where you’ll find the noise and bustle of the City is a lifetime away…