Snowflake and Taylor
Snowflake’s history began in 1878 when five families, led by William J. Flake, settled in the Silver Creek Valley. Flake had purchased the Rancho Rio Plata from James Stinson, who raised cattle to feed soldiers at Fort Apache. Flake and the other families were among the numerous individuals sent by the Mormon Church President Brigham Young to establish religious colonies throughout the southwest. In September, 1878, Flake met with Mormon Apostle Erastus Snow, who was dedicating the new Mormon colonies. The two men named the new community by combining their last names, Snow and Flake.
On January 23, 1878, James Pearce settled in Taylor, the first Mormon settler along the Silver Creek. He was joined by John Sandifird in March, along with additional families from 1878 to 1881 to form the town of Taylor, which was named after John Taylor, third President of the Mormon Church.
Snowflake and Taylor, both located along the peaceful Silver Creek Valley, enjoy a colorful four-season climate with plentiful sunshine and mild year-round temperatures. The local population has grown dramatically in recent years with prosperous industry, commercial expansion and modern infrastructure.
Today both towns full of country charm and rich in history share performing arts, schools, parks, and many celebrations.
- Founded: 1878
- Elevation: 5,600
- 2016 Combined Population: 10,000
- Location: Navajo County
- Sales Tax: 8.1%
For emergencies dial 911.
- Snowflake-Taylor Police Department602 S Main St, SnowflakeNon-emergency: 928-536-7500
- Taylor-Snowflake Fire & Medical Department, Station #1411 W Paper Mill Road, TaylorBusiness Office: 928-536-7900
- Taylor-Snowflake Fire & Medical Department, Station #2325 W 4th St South, SnowflakeBusiness Office: 928-536-7900
Community Facilities: Snowflake
Snowflake offers a broad range of facilities including the Stinson Museum, historic home tours, a library, Senior Center, 27-hole municipal golf course and disc golf, and municipal parks that offer tennis, raquetball, basketball and volleyball courts, skatepark, splash pad, playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas, and an ampitheater. Snowflake is also home to the Snowflake Arizona LDS Temple, the 108th temple to be built in the world.
Featured attractions include celebrations, arts and crafts shows, car show, Pioneer Days parade and rodeo, softball and golf tournaments.
Community Facilities: Taylor
The Town of Taylor is home to a lighted, professional rodeo arena seating more than 5,000 where several rodeos are held throughout the summer. Other facilities include the Taylor Museum and Visitor Center, historic home tours, Taylor Municipal Airport, and municipal parks that offer pickleball, raquetball, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and baseball fields, picnic and barbeque areas, playgrounds and walking trails.
Featured attractions include various celebrations, fun runs, Firing of the Anvil for 4th of July, rodeos, fireworks, and softball tournaments.