With many reconsidering summer travel plans this year due to COVID-19, Arizona families are looking to discover new adventures in their own backyard where it’s possible to social distance and explore their home state safely. Tortilla Flat serves as a perfect activity, with its close proximity to the Valley, rich history and wide variety of sites.
The historic Western town is nestled in the Superstition Mountains, approximately an hour outside of Phoenix. Its history dates back hundreds of years, serving as a stop along Native American’s journey along the Tonto Trail. Originally, it was a camp for those searching for the Superstition Mountain’s legendary gold. It eventually turned into a small settlement in the early 1900s. Over the years, Tortilla Flat has had several famous visitors including Teddy Roosevelt, Clark Gable, John Wayne and even Barbara Streisand.
Tortilla Flat has seen its fair share of natural catastrophes including a devastating fire, and several floods. Now, over a hundred years later, Tortilla Flat retains its western charm and place in Arizona history. It is still a fully independent town with a population of six people, complete with its own restaurant and saloon, museum, country store and mercantile.
During a day at Tortilla Flat, guests can enjoy the town’s beautiful mountain views while exploring the town’s sights. At the restaurant and saloon, diners will enjoy modern southwest fare like the El Mesquite Reuben sandwich and carne asada street tacos, as well as specialty dishes created with Tortilla Flat’s own signature ‘Killer Chili’ seasoning, including the Devil’s Chili with Cornbread, Killer Chili Dog and Cowboy Quesadilla.
From there, guests can head next door to the country store for Tortilla Flat’s legendary, savory prickly pear gelato and browse other desert-inspired specialty products including cactus salsa, Prickly Pear dressing, jalapeno honey and more.
To remember the occasion, visitors can stop by the mercantile to mail a postcard, purchase mementoes of Tortilla Flat history or shop locally produced, southwestern-inspired pieces.
Arizona history enthusiasts also can’t leave Tortilla Flat without stopping by the Tortilla Flat museum, a repurposed former school that houses over 100 years of Tortilla Flat history, including details of past owners, historic photos and much more.
Any trip to Tortilla Flat is sure to bring a day of great food, Arizona history and the excitement of the Wild West. Tortilla Flat is located at 1 Main Street, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85190. For more information, visit www.tortillaflataz.com