"Temple Hill" is a perfect moniker to describe this beautiful two-toned temple and the knoll it sits majestically atop. A dream come true for Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake, Mormon pioneers who founded and settled the area in 1878 and who the town is named after. At the request of Brigham Young, Flake traveled to the region with his family, their wagons and livestock and met Snow, a Mormon apostle, along the way. They found a little place near a stream to colonize. A ranch was purchased from James Stinson in trade for cattle where early pioneer communities were built and families lived. These historical buildings have been restored and are open for touring at the Stinson Pioneer Museum & Historic Homes.
The unusual polished granite displays a darker color on the bottom of the temple and a lighter color on top and is surrounded by red rock walls. The water feature at the entrance is spectacular and a gorgeous focal point. Water cascades down through rock ledges, under a footbridge, over more rocks and into a pool. The beveled starburst windows sparkle letting light penetrate the interior. Some of the interior furniture was built in a design similar to what early pioneers would have used. Many of the artifacts and paintings give a nod to the American Indians who also have a history in the area.
Snowflake is close to many natural wonders, including the Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon. These are some of the earth's greatest creations and should not be missed. Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. is a nice stop to pick up some petrified wood souvenirs. At Casa Malpais Archeological Park you can tour a pueblo complex, ancient artifacts and a great kiva.
Visit Celebrations of Generations for a memorable lunch. Famous for their sandwiches, scones and boutique environment. El Cupidos Mexican Food is merely a second-thought as an add-on to a gas station, but you'll find some large, tasty breakfast burritos that won't soon leave your memory. La Cocina De Eva is the quintessential restaurant on Main that every small town has. Stop for favorite Mexican specialties. Amelia's Garden Green Grocer and Organic Cafe is a little cafe inside a grocery store that offers healthy entrees. For a short drive outside town at Elements Bistro, you'll find hearty breakfasts and down-home lunches.