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Houck AZ

Houck, Arizona (Route 66)

Houck, Arizona, is a small community located along the historic Route 66 in northeastern Arizona. Established in the early 20th century, Houck was once a bustling stop for travelers along Route 66, featuring gas stations, motels, and diners. However, with the construction of Interstate 40 bypassing the town, Houck experienced a decline in visitors and businesses.

Today, Houck is a quiet community with a few remaining attractions for Route 66 enthusiasts. One such attraction is Fort Courage, a former trading post and tourist stop inspired by the 1960s TV show “F Troop.” Another notable site is Chee’s Indian Store, a family-owned business offering authentic Native American arts, crafts, and jewelry. Additionally, Ortega Indian City Arts is a popular destination for visitors seeking unique Native American art and souvenirs. The nearby Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park offer stunning natural landscapes for visitors to explore.

Route 66 Attractions in Houck, Arizona

  1. Fort Courage
  2. Chee’s Indian Store
  3. Ortega Indian City Arts
  4. Painted Desert: Just east of Houck, you’ll find the stunning Painted Desert, which is part of Petrified Forest National Park. The colorful and otherworldly landscapes of the Painted Desert are a must-see. The park also includes petrified wood and ancient Native American petroglyphs.
  5. Petrified Forest National Park: While not in Houck itself, Petrified Forest National Park is a major attraction in the region. It’s known for its unique landscape, colorful petrified wood, and the historic Route 66 alignment that runs through the park.




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