A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Arizona In 1967 And No One Saw It Coming

Think Arizona is all sunshine and cactus? Not exactly! There seems to be a common misconception among non-Arizonans that it doesn’t snow here at all but we can, and often do, have a white Christmas.

All regions of the state typically see some amount of snow every year—whether it’s sitting right out the front door or on a not-too-distant mountain. We’ve even had blizzards some years and today, we’ll be highlighting on particularly brutal one that occurred almost a half-century ago.

Unfortunately, we were unable to use photos from the 1967 storm but you can take a peek at them at this link. It’s pretty amazing! A similar storm occurred in 2010, though less severe, so we’re including photos from that event to help illustrate the scenario.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Want to read more interesting tidbits about Arizona history? You might want to start with reading this short article, 7 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Arizona, which features events you probably didn’t learn in school.