Ash Fork is an unincorporated community in north-central

Arizona at the junction of State Highway 89 and Interstate 40 on

Historic Route 66. The Kaibab and Coconino National Forest mountain

peaks dominate the eastern horizon with Bill Williams Mountain

(9,256 feet) and Humphrey's Peak (12,611 feet).

The community, at an elevation of 5,142 feet, started as a stage

depot situated under a group of ash trees at the fork of Ash Creek.

The arrival of the railroad in 1882 changed the economy of the area.

In 1883, a post office was established; in 1885, Wells Fargo built a

station in the area. The Santa Fe Railway line to Phoenix connects

with the mainline here.

Predominant economic activities are tourism, mining, and cattle

ranching. The trade and services sectors are strong because of

tourism and the truck volume on I-40. Motels, restaurants, and a

major trucking center serve both truckers and tourists.

There are five stone yards that quarry and ship nationwide the

beautiful flagstone found north and south of town. Adding to the

trade and service sector economy is a sawmill on the west side of

town.

Kaibab Estates, to the north of town, and Juniper wood Ranches,

to the south, are having an impact on the community as people

move into these areas. Ash Fork business and community leaders are

committed to controlled economic growth over the next decade.

Industrial and commercial land sites are available.

Route 66, marked with historic markers, runs the length of the

town. Some of the motels, gas stations, and businesses along the

route have operated since the beginning of the road in 1926.

In the north-central mountain country of Arizona, Ash Fork's moderate

climate and excellent location make it a perfect stopping point

to see the surrounding area. The first (1857) federally funded inter-state

highway, Beale Road, is 15 miles north of town. Dante's

Descent (Devil's Hole), a natural sink hole 380-feet deep, is five miles

northwest, and there are numerous caves and petroglyphs in the

surrounding area.

Within a 60-minute drive, you can visit the San Francisco Peaks,

Fairfield Snow Bowl, Northern Arizona University, Northern Arizona

Museum, Lowell Observatory, Lake Mary, Mormon Lake, Meteor

Crater, Sunset Crater, Tuzigoot National Monument, Prescott,

Walnut Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, White Horse Lake, Kaibab Lake,

Grand Canyon Caverns and, of course, the spectacular Grand

Canyon.