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.

Pros

-Nearby mountains
-Low heat and humidity
-Attractive setting

Cons

-Rising living costs
-Growth and sprawl
-Some winter cold

History

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.

 

Location

North-central Arizona, 50 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park.  Elevation is 6993.

Weather

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'.

Shopping

Safeway
local.safeway.com
928-635-0500
Open now:  5AM–12AM

 

Bill Williams Shopping Plaza, 
637 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Native America Shop
928-635-4600

 

Target
target.com
928-774-3500
Open now:  8AM–11PM
1650 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA

 

Restaurants

subway.com
 928-773-0197
Open 24 hours

 

Road House Bar and Grill
928-774-5080
Open now:  11AM–10:30PM
11840 West Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86003, USA

 

Red Raven Restaurant
redravenrestaurant.com
928-635-4980
Open now:  11AM–2PM, 5–9:30PM

 

Rods Steak House
301 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
rods-steakhouse.com
928-635-2671
Open now:  11AM–9PM

 

Nightlife

 

Canyon Club Bar
126 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
928-635-2582

 

Old Smokeys 2 Bar and Saloon
1613 E Tangerine St, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

 

South Rims Wine & Beer Garage
southrims.com
928-635-5902
Open now:  3–9PM
514 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

 

Historic Brewing Barrel + Bottle House
historicbarrelandbottle.com
928-635-4150
141 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

 

Schools

Maine Consolidated School
10 Spring Valley Rd., Parks, AZ 86018

 

Williams High School
440 S 7th St  Williams, AZ
928-635-4474

 

Williams Head Start
310 W Sherman Ave Williams, AZ
928-635-4273

 

Coconino High School
2801 Izabel St Flagstaff, AZ
928-773-8200

 

Landmarks

 

Transportation

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

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