Parks is Small mountain city serving as a gateway for the Grand Canyon National Park, the predominant industry is tourism, supported by motel and restaurant strips. Downtown is clean with a strong Western feel. Most families (70.7%) in Parks are classified as small, meaning they have two or three members. There's a higherpercent of small families than there are in Coconino County.
-Low heat and humidity
-Rising living costs
-Growth and sprawl
-Some winter cold
Just off I-40’s exit 178 is the small, quiet community of Parks. First established as Rhodes, Arizona, in 1898, it was really nothing more than a railroad depot with a post office to support the growing lumber industry.
By 1906 a sawmill was in production and its first real business, the Pines General Store opened. When the General Store was built, the post office was moved from a box car into the store. Soon after the store’s doors opened, the community was renamed Parks in honor of the store owner.
As automobile transportation grew in popularity, so did Parks which eventually had the general store, a gas station, restaurant, school, and campgrounds with beautiful views of the San Francisco Peaks. Today the General Store is the only business still open.
For Route 66 enthusiast who like to explore the old alignments, Parks has remnants remaining from the 1921 and 1931 Route 66 alignments. Just east of Parks is a walking trail that was once the 1931 alignment. Along this trail can be seen an old springhouse that provided water to a tourist camp located here several decades ago.
North-central Arizona, 50 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park. Elevation is 6993.
Parks, Arizona, gets 22 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 266 sunny days per year in Parks, Arizona. Summers are mild and pleasantly cool with moderate humidity and a considerable diurnal temperature range. Temperatures often rise above 80 degrees and may reach 95 degrees. Winters bring snow cover, clear skies, and below-zero temperatures. Two distinct precipitation seasons occur in winter and late summer. First freeze is late September, last is mid-June.
Race in Parks, Arizona
98.16% of people are white, 0.61% are black, 0.00% are asian, 1.23% are native American, and 0.00% claim 'Other'.
About 96.25% of the labor force in Parks primarily drives or carpools to work. Parks has a higher percent of driving commuters than the typical city in Coconino County.
In general, residents of Parks have three personal vehicles available to them. Most Popular Commuting Method: Car