Escape Phoenix

for a Day Trip to Peach Springs, Arizona

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Did you know historic Peach Springs, Arizona, is about a two-hour drive north from Phoenix, Arizona, along an unspoiled stretch of historic Route 66? You can leave the concrete jungle and be in the great outdoors and get back in time for dinner. And we have ideas on how to spend your day for the most fun on this one-day road trip.

Load up the car and head north! You can take a direct route to get to Grand Canyon West faster or take your time and explore some towns along the way, including New River, Prescott, Ash Fork and Kingman, Arizona. Once you arrive at the Canyon, follow our itinerary to optimize your day trip

Part 1

Eating is a Treat

You’ll probably be famished, so make your first stop at the Diamond Creek Restaurant to fill up with home-style cooking before you start exploring historic downtown Peach Springs. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. You can up the ante by ordering the Devastator Taco—a super-sized feast full of refried beans, taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and salsa. If you can eat this almost six pound dish in 60 minutes or less, you get a t-shirt and your photo on the wall of fame, plus your meal is free! Once you’ve satisfied your hunger, it’s time to explore.

Part 2

More to Explore

Start in historic downtown Peach Springs, Arizona, and visit two insta-worthy landmarks along this Route 66 town. The John Osterman Shell Station is an historic gas station listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The Historic Peach Springs Trading Post is a Pueblo Revival building built in 1928 by Cecil Davis that has served as a post office and a general store. For more adventures, go a little farther.

Part 3

Cool Off in the Cavern

The Grand Canyon Caverns is nearby. If you decide to take the tour, you’ll be lowered 21 stories underground by an elevator. Discover unique geological formations as you traverse smoothly paved walking paths in the mild 56 degrees of the largest dry caverns in the United States.

Part 4

Wild Times Ahead

If you prefer to stay above ground, you can embark on a wild journey at the Keepers of the Wild Nature Park. This picturesque 175-acre canyon in nearby Valentine, Arizona, is home to over 130 wild animals, including lions, tigers, wolves, bears, leopards, primates and other indigenous Southwest wildlife.

Make your last stop on your day trip to Grand Canyon to the Walapai Market for gas, sundries and snacks before you head back to the city.

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