Holbrook, AZ

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Known as the Gateway to the Petrified Forest, Navajo County’s colorful seat has over 225 million years of geologic history and a Wild West past.

Walking down Holbrook’s friendly streets today, you would never guess it was once called “too tough for women and churches.” During America’s 19th-century westward expansion, Holbrook became a major cow town. The Wild West town was marked by cattle rustling, shootouts and general lawlessness. Today, use Holbrook as a jumping-off point to investigate Arizona’s distinctive geologic formations. Appreciate its gun-slinging past along the distinctively named Bucket of Blood Street.

Explore Petrified Forest National Park, which is located about a 30-minute drive outside Holbrook. Discover petrified logs that are up to 225 million years old, along with fossils, badlands, mesas and ancient petroglyphs. Discover the sprawling Painted Desert, filled with brilliantly colored rocks.

Go on a short loop hike through Blue Mesa, known for its blue-banded rocks. Enjoy sweeping views from the top of the mesa. Stroll along the Crystal Forest Loop in the heart of Petrified Forest National Park. Here ancient petrified trees are embedded with crystals, which have given them a unique hue.

Discover an early piece of American history at Agate House. The eight-room pueblo was built and served as a residence sometime between 1050 and 1300.

Learn more about Holbrook’s past at the Navajo County Historical Society Museum. Explore the 1898 courthouse and tour exhibits about local history, which includes a peek into the windowless cells of the old county jail.

Find Holbrook along Route 66. America’s famous highway originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. Drive along the historic route today to experience a slice of Americana on the road. Spend a night at the Wigwam Motel on Route 66. The rooms of the distinctive hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are built in the form of large tepees.

Explore Homolovi Ruins State Park in nearby Winslow. Walk among the pueblos built by Hopi Native Americans between 1200 and 1300. Stop at the visitor center and museum.

Enjoy Holbrook’s quirky attractions and amazing scenery in any season.

Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
2 out of 5
2514 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $50 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated in Holbrook, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Painted Desert and Northland Pioneer College. Navajo County Historical Society Museum is 2.6 mi ...
3.7/5 Good! (907 reviews)
"Everything was great,love it,"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Motel 6 Holbrook, AZ
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
2.5 out of 5
2705 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $116 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Situated in Holbrook, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Painted Desert and Northland Pioneer College. Navajo County Historical Society Museum and Navajo County ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (466 reviews)
"Loved this property. Staff was awesome, loved the free breakfast. Definitely would come here again."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest
Greentree Inn Holbrook
Greentree Inn Holbrook
2 out of 5
2596 E. Navajo Blvd, Holbrook, AZ
The price is $62 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Painted Desert and Northland Pioneer College. Navajo County Historical Society Museum is ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"Nice update to an older property. Might want to consider a dedicated pet area since the motel is pet friendly. Nice, quiet part of town."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Greentree Inn Holbrook
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Bird's Nest on Route 66  Great location right off the I-40
The Bird's Nest on Route 66 Great location right off the I-40
Holbrook, AZ
This family-friendly Holbrook vacation home is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Painted Desert and Navajo County Historical Society Museum. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Amazing!
"We had a short two night stay on our way to Flagstaff using The Birds Nest as a resting point. It was a wonderful place to stop and enjoy Holbrook, the petrified forest / painted desert. Our host was incredible and made us feel at home. There was amazing communication, lots of extras, and a great ..."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

The Bird's Nest on Route 66 Great location right off the I-40
Holbrook KOA
Holbrook KOA
2 out of 5
102 Hermosa Drive, Holbrook, AZ
Located in the heart of Holbrook, this campground is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Painted Desert and within 32 mi (52 km) of Petrified Forest National Park and Snowflake ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (16 reviews)
"Comfortable with a rustic feel, roomy"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Holbrook KOA
Route 66 Painted Desert Adventure Base Camp
Route 66 Painted Desert Adventure Base Camp
Joseph City, AZ
This family-friendly Joseph City apartment building is located in a rural location, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Painted Desert, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Hidden Cove ...
Route 66 Painted Desert Adventure Base Camp
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