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Holbrook Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 177 photos

Holbrook is located in north-eastern Arizona's Navajo County on the banks of the Little Colorado River and along Interstate 40. In 1881 railroad tracks were laid and a railway station was built. The community was then named Holbrook, in honor or the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.
The railroad is now BNSF and Holbrook is still an important transportation hub for north-eastern Arizona.

Nowadays Holbrook is surrounded by the plains of Arizona’s high plateau country, which are not very inviting for visitors. The town, with about 5000 inhabitants, still has some western/frontier style with some older buildings. When we arrived and left we were amazed by the wide empty roads lined with shops, businesses, motels and gas stations, all with garish (neon) lights.

Holbrook has just a couple of things to offer:
- the Historic Navajo County Courthouse (built in 1898), which now houses a small museum. When we arrived it was already closed.
- Old Route 66 (Hopi Drive and Navajo Boulevard)
- Wigwam Motel (along Route 66), although we were happy not sleeping there so close to the noisy railroad.

But the main reason for tourists to stop and stay overnight in Holbrook is the vicinity of Petrified Forest National Park, which is just 19 miles east to the south entrance. The town is the gateway to this national park and for us also the only reason for visiting Holbrook.

  • Last visit to Holbrook: Jun 2008
  • Intro Written Nov 28, 2008
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    Aug 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Thank you for your informative write up on Holbrook and Petrified Forest National Park. We will be traveling in the area in Feb. and can spend up to a week in the area. I have yet decided how much time to give the national park. We do hike, but would keep the trails in the 3-mile range. I can see that outside of the park, Holbrook really doesn't have much to offer. Unfortunately, I have not found a nice campground to house a 28 ft. 5th wheel trailer, where we would just want to relax with a book in our hand. Your pages have given me some further information to make a decision on.

    • vtveen's Profile Photo
      Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Thank you for your visit. I'm sure you will enjoy the Petrified Forest National Park. Soory, but can not help you with campgrounds.


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