Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins

Flagstaff, Arizona

ArizonaRoadside Attraction

Route 66 was established in 1926, and it was decommissioned in 1985. Though the bustling two-lane highway once attracted heaps of visitors to the towns along the road, the emergence of Interstate 40 veered them away, leaving many of the once famous attractions that dotted the road in its wake. While there have been many efforts lately to restore and revive parts of historic Route 66, other parts have seen better days and have questionable futures ahead. One such attraction is the Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The Arizona trading post opened in the late 1940s as Canyon Padre Trading Post, but it changed its name to Twin Arrows Trading post soon after. Twin Arrows became a popular stop for travelers going between Winslow and Flagstaff on Route 66, with a gas station, gift shop, and Valentine’s Diner (a popular pre-fab mail-order diner concept built by the Valentine Manufacturing Company in the 1940s-70s).

The highlight of this road trip stop is the pair of bright wooden arrows that were erected on the property to draw attention to passersby. Made from two telephone poles and extra wood, they projected a clear message of the business’s name to anyone on the road. These twin arrows became an iconic and highly recognizable Route 66 roadside attraction.

Unfortunately, the creation of I-40 started speeding travelers past this roadside gem. Though is had earned the nickname “the Best Little Stop on I-40” it still wasn’t enough to keep business flowing in. The property began to fall into decline, ownership shifted hands multiple times, and, eventually, in 1995, the business was abandoned.

Through the years the buildings fell into more and more decay. Now the property is unrecognizable, as it is falling apart and any original signage is long covered in layers of graffiti.

But despite all that, the twin arrows roadside attraction still stood. It was even restored in 2009 in a cooperative effort between the Hopi tribe and Route 66 aficionados. But that was the last time they were looked after. In 2022 one of the arrows fell. Some reports say that is was burned down. Others blame a harsh wind storm. But whatever happened the site now has just one arrow standing with the other fallen beside it.

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Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins

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I-40 Flagstaff, Arizona, 86004

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Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

  • This is an abandoned Route 66 roadside attraction, so explore at your own risk and watch out for debris.
  • The road is a bit rough, but you can pull into the property to park wherever you can.
  • If you want to see it in better shape, look for its cameos in the films Joe Dirt and Forrest Gump, where it’s seen in the background of popular scenes.

Where to Stay Near Twin Arrows Trading Post

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Flagstaff, Arizona hotels near Route 66.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

Located right across the highway from the Twin Arrows Trading Post, Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort is a lively casino hotel with amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, indoor pool, and free WiFi. Visit the on-site casino, theater, cafes, fitness center, restaurants, and bars.

Americana Motor Hotel

Built in 1962 and renovated and reopened in 2023, the Americana Motor Hotel is the perfect mix of vintage charm and modern convenience. Rooms are decorated in a retro-futuristic design and offer plush beds, walk-in showers, 4K TVs, and premium WiFi. At the Route 66 hotel you’ll find convenient self-parking, a year-round heated pool, telescopes, board games, yard games, and EV chargers.

Hotel Monte Vista

Built in 1926, Hotel Monte Vista is a classic hotel in a prime location in downtown Flagstaff. The restored guest rooms include free WiFi and cable TV and attached bars offer entertainment and drinks. For those traveling on a budget, Hotel Monte Vista also offers Traveler’s Rooms with shared bathrooms and showers. This hotel is allegedly haunted, so keep an eye out for ghosts. On-site parking is available, though limited.

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1 Review of Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins in Flagstaff, Arizona

  1. Wish this one was better taken care of. It’s down to just one arrow now! Still it is a must-see for your Arizona road trip! Especially important to see now as it may no longer be here tomorrow.

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