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
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
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