What is a better summer adventure than a high country road trip that includes both the great American cheeseburger with fries and a real, ice cream strawberry milkshake? And no place in Arizona offers these three summer legends better than Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman, Arizona.
After World War II average Americans discovered the joy of the great American road trip in their very own family cars. No highway carried more automobiles into the American West than the Route 66 which passed right through the center of Seligman, AZ.
In 1953 Seligman resident Juan Delgadillo decided to take advantage of all this highway traffic. He built the Snow Cap Drive-In from scrap lumber salvaged from the Santa Fe Railroad yard and it has now been serving up great, roadside food along with a large helping of Delgadillo humor for sixty-four years.
Menu items listed such offerings as “cheeseburger with cheese” and the famous “dead chicken” sandwich. Juan advertizing scheme included cutting the roof off of his 1936 Chevrolet and decorating it with horns, paint and an artificial Christmas tree. The Snow Cap opened in the time known today as Classic Americana and all of those fun, family elements can still be found today at this drive-in along America’s historic Mother Road.
Juan Delgadillo died in 2004 but the Snow Cap, its good food and the family humor is kept alive today by Juan’s daughter and son who will still greet you at the old, drive-in’s food counter.
Seligman is today the gateway to many northwestern Arizona adventures. The longest stretch of Route 66 begins here and ends some 160 miles later in Topock, Arizona. It offers a wonderful, leisurely drive through the many small Arizona towns that once saw millions of Americans and their automobiles pass through their small town centers.
Along this stretch of highway is also found the Grand Canyon Caverns that offers a great, family adventure into their amazing underground caverns. Here too is found the road that leads to Hualapai Hilltop which is the trailhead for any hiker going to the Havasupai Indian Reservation and those spectacular, blue-green waterfalls.
So it’s summer and it must surely be time for an Arizona road trip! Get out and make your way to the historic Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman. You will have a great time in a fun, family friendly place to eat, enjoy the cooler temperatures found in the high country of Arizona and give yourself the opportunity to discover for yourself some wonderful Arizona adventures.