Northwestern Arizona is obviously most famous for its spectacular Grand Canyon. Carved out by the Colorado River, the eroded rock represents millions of years of Earth's history. The Canyon is 18 miles wide in places and more than 6,000 feet deep. The National Park contains about 1.2 million acres of land. In any given year there are about 4 million visitors who come to see one of the most awe inspiring places of the entire world.
Grand Canyon Caverns located on Route 66, is a lesser known trip, twenty-two miles west of Seligman, AZ, (just in our back yard) having limestone walls formed in prehistoric times by an inland sea. Fossils and the bones of long-extinct animals have been found in the Caverns. Although Grand Canyon Caverns has been open to the public for over 74 years, each year new discoveries and deeper wonders are uncovered.
Hoover Dam - an example of our Country's ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than 5 years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, more than 60 years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
Laughlin Nevada - on the banks of the Colorado River and across from Bullhead City. Great "Little Vegas" where you can still stay for next to nothing and have a buffet thrown in for good measure. Beautiful scenery and boating activities on the Colorado.
The Town of Seligman retains all the flavor of the Mother Road, Route 66. Seligman was founded in 1886 after the completion of the Prescott and Central Arizona Railroad. Santa Fe Railroad established repair facilities along the route, including the famous “Harvey House – Road House in Seligman.” This hotel opened in 1905, and the building still stands to this day.
In the late 1800s into the early 1900s, the population of Seligman was mostly cowboys who worked the area ranches. During this time, there were many gunfights in the streets, and saloons and brothels outnumbered churches three to one.
When Route 66 came through Seligman, several motor courts and other roadside services popped up, which was quite a boost to the town’s economy. However, in the 1970s, Interstate 40 was constructed and replaced Route 66 as the primary means of travel, and in the mid-1980s, the Santa Fe Railroad closed its operations in the city. The combination of these two events nearly killed the town. But with the enthusiasm of Seligman’s townsfolk, the famous roadway that had helped to build the town, became designated “Historic Route 66,” and Seligman is now known nationally and internationally as a popular and well-preserved Route 66 stop in Arizona.
The Prescott National Forest - located south of Seligman and north of and around Prescott, is a beautiful stretch of virgin lands with Juniper, small pine, rock outcroppings, vast vistas, and tranquil habitats for a large number of animals - including elk, mule deer, javelina, bears, mountain lions, and a variety of other species.
Prescott - located in the mountains of north-central Arizona only 90 miles, but a world away, from metropolitan Phoenix. The town is nestled in a scenic valley at the northern edge of the rugged Bradshaw Mountains. The pine-clad mountains above town reach heights of nearly 8,000ft, but downtown Prescott sits at 5,400ft.
The climate is a delightful combination of four moderate seasons with monsoon rains in the late summer and snow in the winter producing an average of 19” precipitation per year. The high percentage of sunny days each year provides ideal conditions for outdoor recreation opportunities. The area is well known for its picturesque lakes set in striking pre-Cambrian granite formations and wooded pine forests. Residents and visitors enjoy miles of hiking, horseback, and mountain bike trails throughout the forests surrounding town.
Prescott’s central downtown business district is built around an elm-shaded, traditional courthouse plaza. The historic plaza hosts activities throughout the year ranging from bustling art shows, evening music concerts, antique fairs, and family oriented community events.