Winslow’s location on the scenic Colorado Plateau means easy access to some spectacular destinations. These are just a few.
Petrified Forest National Park
• Distance: 55 Miles
Best known for globally significant Late Triassic fossils, the park attracts many researchers. Geologists study the multi-hued Chinle Formation. Archeologists research over 13,000 years of history. Biologists explore one of the best remnants of native Arizona grassland. Air quality is an ongoing study in the park. Download the Friends of Petrified Forest National Park newsletter to learn more.
McHood Park / Clear Creek
• Distance: 5 miles
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Clear Creek, which offers canoeing, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Canoeist can paddle to Clear Creek Canyon — a deep, magnificent, secluded canyon. McHood Park is the perfect spot for camping and picnicking. From Winslow, take Route 87 south to Highway 99 and turn left.
Little Painted Desert County Park
• Distance: 13 miles
This park offers 660 acres of colorful formations of red, violet, green and gray, which were deposited by an ancient ocean and carved by the wind. View the panorama from the scenic overlook or use the picnic ramadas and restroom. Take Exit 257 from I-40; the park is located less than 1/4 mile from Highway 87, near the Navajo reservation.
• Distance: 20 miles
Meteor Crater is the best-preserved impact site on earth, with topographical terrain that closely resembles the surface of the moon. In fact, NASA designated the crater as the training site for astronauts. From Winslow, take I-40 west to exit 233.
• Distance: 30 miles
For rock climbers, Jack’s Canyon features over 200 steep (5.5–5.13) routes concentrated in a section of the canyon called Moenkopi. All routes are well protected. Go south on Highway 87 to mile marker 313.7 and turn right, through gate (always close gate).
303 E. 2nd Street (Route 66)