Route 66 – Holbrook, Arizona

Route 66

Holbrook, Arizona, the Petrified Forest and Wigwam Motel

Statue of man balanced on a stack of petrified logs being propped up by a concrete beam with town name on it
Sun Valley RV Resort, formerly Root 66 RV Park, in Holbrook is where we parked the big rig for three days. Decent price with Passport America, level site; very easy in and out; plus, it was close to both the Petrified Forest and the Wigwam Motel. Very nice owners and great selection of petrified wood for sale at better prices than elsewhere.

We adventured among petrified marvels for two full days, and explored the Wigwam Motel for at least two hours, where the owner was very hospitable and invited us to see the collections on display in the “museum.” What a hoot!


Photogs might like to do Blue Mesa early in the mornings. Things definitely get interesting when the angle of the sun’s dangle is something other than straight up! We saw several RVs along the park road turnouts, so making a day trip through the park in an RV is possible, though after-hours access is another matter. Wilderness permits allow for limited-area, after-hours access, an overnight adventure, for example.

At the resort, be prepared to buy drinking water and turn off household refer ice maker. Use city-fill rather than adding water to tank. Groceries are available in town at Safeway, but prices are exorbitant. Verizon service is next to nonexistent at the park, then weak to workable in other nearby areas. Satellite and antenna TV were both fine. We would return for the friendly atmosphere and sights to see!

man stands in front of five foot high loads of petrified wood

two short logs of petrified wood, ring view

pueblo architecture, historic Harvey House inn at the Petrified Forest

inside pueblo architecture, historic Harvey House inn at the Petrified Forest, soda fountain counter

petroglyph of six toed cat

ancient kiva, square hole in ground lined with stones, or petrified wood chunks


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