Decades Ago, This Abandoned Arizona Town Used To Be A Christmas Destination
Driving through Arizona, you can find many abandoned places sitting just a stone’s throw from the highway. Ghost towns, vestiges of once thriving businesses, and neglected tourist stops are scattered around the state, slowly being reclaimed by nature. One tourist stop that we’re going to look at today happens to be a former, year-round Christmas destination named after our favorite jolly man in a red suit.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.