The Little Roadside Chapel in Salome, AZ is one of the best roadside attractions we’ve found in Arizona! We travel often between Phoenix and California, so a fun pit stop is always welcome on that long desert drive.
The Little Roadside Chapel, Salome AZ
Location: 68630 W Salome Rd, Salome AZ
The Little Roadside Chapel is 90 minutes from Phoenix. If you’re traveling to California, this roadside attraction detour will take you 30 minutes off the I-10 to the Little Roadside Chapel, then about 40 minutes to continue on to Quartzsite.
Plan on an extra 30 minutes of drive time: 20 minutes extra driving when you detour to the Little Roadside Chapel, and 10 minutes to check out the chapel.
- Phoenix to Quartzsite: 2 hours (138 miles)
- Phoenix to the Little Roadside Chapel to Quartzsite: 2 hours 20 minutes (146 miles)
Hours: Always open, but you could not pay me to go at night!
Should you visit the Little Roadside Chapel in summer? Arizona summers are hot (that’s an understatement) and you’ll be stuck in the middle of nowhere if your car breaks down. We only explore the Arizona desert in December, January, and maybe the first couple weeks of February, because a rattlesnake encounter is not my idea of family fun!
Is a visit to the Little Roadside Chapel worth it?
Yes: As a detour on a roadtrip between AZ and CA.
No: As a destination in itself.
We discovered this fun roadside attraction by accident—or maybe it was Providential! We had mapped a route that included stops at several roadside attractions off the I-10 between Arizona and California, but Google had the wrong address for one of our stops so we went about an hour off our route. The Little Roadside Chapel ended up being the kids’ favorite stop on the trip!
History of the Little Roadside Chapel in Arizona
The chapel was built by Paul and Lora Marks and dedicated on February 14, 2004. In Arizona, that’s not just Valentine’s Day—Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912.
Family Travel Roadtrip Rating for the Little Roadside Chapel in Arizona: 4
1 is getting stranded with a flat tire and 10 is Disneyland.
One of the best parts of this roadtrip detour is the road on the way! The road has hundreds of small dips and we had a blast driving over them! If your kids tend to get carsick, this may not be a plus.
Make sure you step inside the Little Roadside Chapel. My kids loved feeling big inside the tiny church!
Photo op: Take a picture of your kids on the chapel porch so your photos will capture how little the Little Roadside Chapel really is!
Say a little prayer for safe travels, and get back on the road!
What’s your favorite roadside attraction? Have you ever been inside the Little Roadside Chapel in Arizona?
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