category : Petroglyphs
From 500 B.C. through 1350 A.D., early Native American tribes left petroglyphs and pictographs, gracefully simple designs scratched into cliff walls, overhangs, and monoliths. Common symbols include spirals, chevrons, antlered dancers, Kokopelli (the flute player), spirits, humans, handprints, and animals.

There is little doubt that petroglyphs were personal and magical marks: invocations, territory markings, story telling, trance visions, and documentation of everyday life. Many archeologists see a relationship between modern human sign and symbol languages, and the symbols left by these ancient inhabitants.

The late Snowflake historian Albert Levine spent years documenting the petroglyphs and rock art found in the canyons surrounding the community. The entire Silver Creek region is well known in archeological circles for the abundance of the petroglyphs, as well as the Ancestral Pueblo ruins and 1,000 year-old Snowflake Cibola pottery and artifacts.

All of the petroglyphs an ruins are on private or federal lands, and must be seen with a guide and permission. Visitors are encouraged to view but not deface or handle the petroglyphs, as they are fragile and irreplaceable.

For information on finding or photographing the petroglyphs in the Navajo County outback outside of Snowflake and Taylor, please contact the Chamber of Commerce.

Phone: 928-536-4331

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Stinson Museum

When the Flakes entered the Silver Creek Valley, they found two adobe structures that had been erected by James Stinson, owner of the ranch. Eventually, the two structures were joined together into one continuous building that visitors see today as the Stinson Museum.

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Snowflake Municipal Golf Course

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Historic Homes Tour

Many of 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

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Snowflake Temple

Only the 108th temple worldwide, and the 51st in the Continental United States, the temple serves nearly 35,000 Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormon) living in northeastern Arizona and neighboring New Mexico. The 17,500

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Snowflake Monument

Those acquainted with Arizona know that the Town of Snowflake receives its share of snow occasionally, but the naming of the town comes from a more interesting story, and the heroic-sized bronze monument on Main Street depicts the event.

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From 500 B.C. through 1350 A.D., early Native American tribes left petroglyphs and pictographs, gracefully simple designs scr...