Snowflake is in east-central Arizona 30 miles south of

Holbrook on state Route 77. The Mogollon Rim and the White

Mountains, south and west of Snowflake, form an almost continuous

barrier protecting the community from severe winters

and creating a semi-arid climate. Founded in 1878, Snowflake

was named after its founders Apostle Erastus Snow and

Mormon land agent William Flake. At an elevation of 5,600

feet, it lies in a broad, flat valley drained by the Cottonwood

and Silver Creeks. Established in 1881, it incorporated in 1948.


Arizona's only pulp and paper mill is Snowflake's largest industry.

Stone Container, located on a 640-acre site 15 miles west of

Snowflake, is one of the most modern and efficient facilities of

its type in America. Its daily production of 1,300 combined tons

of newsprint and Kraft linerboard supplies the fast growing

Southwest region. The plant's permanent employees are supplemented

by an equal number who work as wood cutters, truckers

and in other affiliated jobs. The annual payroll and the mill's

substantial contribution to local taxes contributes immensely to

the economy and growth of the area.


Lion Industries Inc. distributes paper-manufacturing chemicals to

Stone Container. Precision Pine and Timber maintains a sawmill

in the Heber area that converts logs into rough boards. Precision

Pine and Timber Planer Mill surfaces the rough lumber that is

wholesaled to retailers and dealers needing finished and rough

lumber for railroad ties and other uses.


P.F.F.J., Inc., is a large swine production company, producing

market pigs for Clougherty Packing. P.F.F.J.’s 130 employees

work in areas of production, maintenance, feed milling, transportation

and administration. Smith Molding and Snowflake

Lumber & Molding are two other major employers in the area.

Farming and ranching continue to be major activities in the area.

All of Navajo County is an Enterprise Zone.


Snowflake lies in an area of great contrasts – barren desert to

the north and mountain ranges to the south. One of the nation's

most unique parks lies north of Snowflake, the Petrified Forest

National Park, which includes not only the Petrified Forest, but

the Painted Desert and Navajo Indian Reservation with attractions

such as Monument Valley and Oraibi, the oldest continually

occupied village in the U.S.


To the south and west of Snowflake are high mountains and

forests, including the White Mountains, Sitgreaves National

Forest, and the Mogollon Rim. Many small lakes, perfect for

trout fishing and swimming, are scattered throughout these

mountains. The Sunrise Ski Resort is located 65 miles south of

Snowflake on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.