Arizona, Desert, Vintage, Wigwam

A Night in a Wigwam

When I was planning a trip to the desert and clicking around on google maps to get an idea of places to go, I saw the Wigwam village in Arizona and knew it had to be part of the trip.  I had heard of this place before, and seen pictures, but was never exactly sure where it was.
This Wigwam Motel was part of a chain of motels built in the 30s and 40s. There were seven total; two in Kentucky, and one in Alabama, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, and California. Unfortunately all but three of them survived, but they are now on the national register of historic places. The surviving ones are in Cave City Kentucky, San Bernardino California, and Holbrook Arizona.
This one, in Holbrook, is just a straight shot from my house down the interstate in my backyard!
The wigwam village was the final stop at the end of a long day which started at Monument Valley included a long drive through the Petrified Forest and then a trip to Two Guns Ghost Town.
This was the first day that I really experienced the crazy desert wind, and wished I had brought something to keep the hair out of my face.
Each Wigwam was paired with it’s own vintage car. It felt like stepping back in time.
We stayed in Wigwam #8.
The interior was cozy.  Nothing too fancy, but it was a blast to stay in this funny little Motel.

It was a frigid night, but luckily there was a nice heater inside our wigwam.  We awoke in the morning to find the lightest dusting on snow on the ground!  Snow in Arizona!  I couldn’t believe it.  But soon I was about to see even more…

I am dreaming up trips that involve staying at the other two wigwam motels.  Kentucky is close by, and I still can’t get California out of my mind.