The quaint, little town of Snowflake is located in northern Arizona. Snowflake was founded in 1878 by two families. The Snows and the Flakes; hence the town name.
While we explored up and down most streets, we noticed many areas that reminded us of a charming New England neighborhood.
The town of Snowflake was first settled by Mormon pioneers, Mr. William Flake and Erastus Snow.
Gently nestled between Arizona’s Painted Desert to the north and the breathtaking White Mountains to the south is where you will find this charming town.
The elevation ranges from 5,580 to 5,790. Free-range cattle and horses are seen roaming on open land.
The town is a quiet getaway with only 5,000 residents. Travelers can visit over 100 historic buildings and learn much of Snowflake’s history at the Pioneer Museum.
A note: if you plan traveling to this area: the local police are very strict with the speed limit. We learned the hard way.
I asked a long time resident, “What do you like about Snowflake?” Without hesitation he said, “Snowflake, Arizona is a Community of Communities.” “Christians, Farmers, Environmentalists, Mormons, Homesteaders, etc… all have a place in Snowflake.”
Winter temperatures can get as low as -5 at night but always warm up during the day. There is no shortage of sunshine and many homes are powered by solar energy.
Several of our relatives live in the Snowflake area. Their reasons for homesteading here are simple:
- the air has very little pollution
- living Green and off the Grid
- warmth during the day and cooler temperatures at night
- love of friends and nature
- Valley fever fungus & mold are no problem
- peaceful lifestyle
- affordable acreage
Off the Grid living is very familiar to Snowflake and Taylor, Arizona. Solar and wind powered homes are commonplace.
Spring can get windy with gusts over 60mph and that can be a challenge. Being prepared can help. The average rainfall is approximately 12 inches a year, received mainly during the summer monsoon.
Snowflake has a sister town, Taylor, bordering it on the south, and these two communities have grown together.
Other than a mild rise along the edges of the valley and a few sudden pointy hills, the surrounding terrain is pretty flat. The dry climate makes it difficult for large-scale farming but it is not uncommon to see fields of corn and alfalfa.
Heritage Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a taste of Snowflake’s small-town charm. The inn, a renovated Victorian home from 1890, offers 10 room choices.
We stayed at the Heritage Inn and were overwhelmed with the superb customer service. Not to mention the delicious home cooked breakfasts!
For people coping with Chemical and Electrical Hypersensitivity there is a MCS / EHS homesteading community in Snowflake, Arizona. I’ve listed brief information and a link to their website below.
This website’s primary purpose is to give practical information for people with severe multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS/ES). http://www.eiwellspring.org/arizonalocal.html
MCS and EHS are closely related illnesses, which together are referred to as Environmental Illness (EI).
Happy Arizona travels and we hope to hear about your visits to Snowflake!