Twin Arrows, AZ

Along Route 66 and just outside of Flagstaff, sits an abandoned site known as Twin Arrows. Sometime in the 1880s, a road for wagons was charted between Flagstaff and Winslow. A railway track was constructed for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad along the north side of the National Old Trails which ultimately became US 66 (Route 66). It was in 1926 when the highway was officially recognized as US 66.

Many people, who moved out west in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl, used this thoroughfare as a means to get to their destination. A few small communities where built along Route 66 which help to sustain their way of life. Twin Arrows was one of those settlements that thrived. It had a trading post which was originally known as Canyon Padre Trading Post. For some reason the diner and store didn’t do well until the owner changed the name to Twin Arrows Trading Post. They added two 25 foot enormous arrows so those driving by would not miss his place and it worked. Business was booming.

Twin Arrows declined when Interstate 40 was built. Many people owned the business, but in 1995, it shut down for good. Today, Twin Arrows sits abandoned and is a place people like to stop and photograph. The property that Twin Arrows sits on is owned by the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino.

I have driven by Twin Arrows many times heading towards the Meteor Crater and always wanted to stop and photograph the remains. For our Route 66 trip, Sharon and I had plans to stop there. I am so glad we did. I love to photograph abandoned places and this one was amazing.


  1. That place was epic mid century interstate construction. Oh, in the heyday I'm sure it was a happy stop off.


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