Something Special About Christopher Creek


Hello again, fellow Creekers.

There is something special about Christopher Creek. During the last month I have been doing a fair amount of driving around the state and have visited Sedona, Flagstaff and Pinetop-Lakeside. While those places are all beautiful in their own right, they’re still not quite Christopher Creek.

It is sort of hard to explain, but no matter which direction I approach Christopher Creek from, either coming west from Show Low/Heber or headed east from Payson, once I turn down Christopher Creek Loop, it is like its own little world. Everything seems more beautiful, everything smells better, it is always quiet and calm, time just starts to go slower and I swear Christopher Creek has its own unique weather pattern.

Every single time I pull into the loop, the same thought goes through my mind, which is that it is one of the most beautiful places in Arizona and that “there is something special about Christopher Creek.”

I recently got an e-mail from Major John H. Eager (retired USMC) who lives in Ponderosa Springs and Glendale. This is what he wrote: “This morning I had the pleasure and privilege of being part of the group who welcomed Ryan Sundra home. We all are very proud of Ryan and are very happy to have him home. This is the group (above) that met him this morning. A day late after being stuck in London because of the weather, and missing his flight out of Chicago. Again, welcome back Ryan and all the other servicemen and women who have returned. And for all of those serving abroad and for others still that have been less fortunate, thank you all for your incalculable sacrifice.

May you all have a safe and happy holiday!

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.


Dan Varnes 6 years ago

What a pleasure it is to spend time in Christopher Creek, especially after the HWY 260 bypass took the high-speed, 18 wheelers and noisy traffic out of the center of town. Best improvement that could have happened.

Now, you're able to truly relax and enjoy the area's natural serenity.


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