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Route 66 in Arizona

Historic Route 66 in Arizona: crosses the northern part of the state, from east to west, through the mountains near Flagstaff, the Little Colorado River and, in its western part, the Black Mountains and the Colorado River, to enter California. Learn more about Arizona, its history, Sights & Attractions, landmarks and Towns along U.S. 66. as well as places to stay during your road trip across Arizona.

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About Arizona

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Area: 113,990 sq. mi. (295.234 km2). Population: 6,731,484 (2014 est.).
Width: 310 mi. (500 km). Length 400 mi. (645 km)
Time zone (along U.S. 66 alignment): Mountain: UTC minus 7 hours. No Summer (DST) in most of the state (Navajo Nation has DST: UTC -6).

Historic Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ. Route 66

Historic Wigwam Motel on Route 66 near Holbrook  Arizona
Historic Wigwam Motel
Holbrook, AZ, Image
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  • Nickname: "The Grand Canyon State".
  • Motto: "Ditat Deus" (God enriches)
  • State Song: "The Arizona March Song"
  • Capital: Phoenix
  • Highest point: Humphreys Peak, 12,637 ft. (3.852 m)
  • 15th most populous state in the US.
  • Sixth largest state in America.
  • Admitted as the 48th state of the Union on February 14, 1912
  • Route 66 length in Arizona is 388 miles (624 km), the second longest after New Mexico.

View of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon and Colorado River
Grand Canyon and Colorado River, Arizona. By
Name: Arizona

The Spaniards took the Native American words " ali sonak" (O'odham language) which meant: "small spring". It was used to name the region around a mine at Planchas de Plata, and later expanded to the whole region.

Arizona's History

Arizona has been inhabited for more than ten thousand years. The historic Native tribes were the Mogollon, Anasazi and Mogollon people. The Spanish explored the region in the 1540s seeking the mythical city of Cibola.

Route 66 Oatman to Kingman, AZ

Route 66 Oatman to Kingman Arizona
Route 66 Arizona mountains, Oatman to Kingman, AZ
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The Jesuits established missions in the late 1600s. Arizona was part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain which encompassed Mexico and passed on to Mexico after its independence in 1821 as "Nueva (New) California".

After the American-Mexican War (1846-48), it was annexed by the U.S. President Lincoln established the Territory of Arizona in 1862 and fifty years later it gained statehood.

Arizona's sunny and mild climate attracted a growing flow of population after WW II.

Geography

The southern part of Arizona is the Desert Basin and Range region, but the northern part (The Colorado Plateau) is an arid upland region with many canyons and some mountain ranges.

Within this region are the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, as well as Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state, at 12,633 ft. (3,853 m). The mountains have a beautiful pine forest coverage.

Summer Forest near Flagstaff, AZ

Forest near Flagstaff, AZ
Summer Forest Flagstaff, Arizona.

The Grand Canyon is one of Arizona's best known sites: a 1 mile (1,6 km) deep gorge carved by the Colorado River with steep walls and colorful strata of rocks. It is some 280 miles long and 4 to 18 miles wide (447 km long by 6 to 29 km wide).

Monument Valley in northeastern Arizona and the Barringer Meteor Crater are other well-known features.

Though Earthquake risk is low, there have been tremors in Flagstaff in the early 1900s. And one 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook Fredonia -near Utah- in 1959.

Arizona's Climate

The region through which Route 66 runs, crosses the dry and arid or semi-arid regions of the state, which have a Semiarid Steppe Climate. This northern part is cooler than the southern areas of Arizona.

The rainy season takes place during summer (when the moisture from the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico is blown across the state), causing thunderstorms. Early winter is also a rainy period.

Snow, despite being hot in summer, the winters are cold and snow is frequent. At any time between November and late March, storm systems moving in from the Pacific Ocean can cause heavy snow in the high mountainous areas of central and Northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon's South rim receives 60 inches (1.3 m) of snow in winter, its North rim 144 inches (3.2 m).

The area with highest rainfall is the high region around Flagstaff, becoming drier to the east and west of that town. The area with least rainfall along U.S. 66 is between Oatman and the Colorado River.

The average relative humidity is low, and the highest is found in Flagstaff: 55%.

Altitude and dryness causes large variations in temperature between day and night, even in summer.

Route 66 in Arizona

US 66 in Arizona
Route 66 and the horizon, Arizona.

Cities

The Metropolitan area of Phoenix has a population of over 4.3 Million (2012); Tucson has over 1 Million. On route 66 is Flagstaff (Pop. 134,000)

Around 191,000 people live along Route 66's corridor through Arizona.

Culture

In Arizona you will find plenty of Native American mementos and handicrafts, especially in the Native Reservations.

Where to Stay in Arizona

US 66 Arizona Shield

Accommodation in Arizona

The towns along Route 66 offer different lodging options. Check out hotels and motels in the main towns.

Towns listed from East to West

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Map of Route 66 through Arizona

Interactive Route 66 map in AZ

See our Arizona Route 66 map, with the location of each town, and links on the map that give full details on attracions, sights, Route 66 icons and more.

Towns located on Route 66 in Arizona

From East to West

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List of Route 66 Towns in Arizona from east to wests

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Arizona

Alphabetical list of Towns

A list of Route 66 Attractions in Arizona

Below we list the main attractions along Route 66 in Arizona. They are listed from east to west along US 66.

Attractions listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Historic District Kingman

Historic District in Kingman, AZ
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Historic Querino Canyon Bridge
1923 bridges on old Route 66 (Houck)
Little Lithodendron Wash Bridge (Sanders)
Route 66 Canyon Diablo Bridge
Historic Route 66 bridge (Winona)
Trails Arch Bridge 1916 - 1947 US 66 Bridge (Topock)

Other sites: Hotels, districts and more...

Historic Painted Desert Inn (Holbrook)
South Central Av. Commercial Historic District (Holbrook)
Bucket of Blood Saloon (Holbrook)
Historic Navajo County Courthouse & Museum (Holbrook)
Hubbell Trading Post (Winslow)

A view of the classic Monte Vista Hotel, Flagstaff Route 66,  Arizona

Monte Vista Hotel in downtown Flagstaff Credits

La Posada Hotel (Winslow)
Winslow's Historic Commercial District
Flagstaff Historic Downtown District
Williams Historic Downtown District and Urban Route 66
Historic Valentine School
The Kingman Comercial Historic District
The historic Durlin (Oatman) Hotel in Oatman.

Here It Is, Joseph City

Here it is! in Joseph City
by Highsmith, Carol M

Classic Route 66 Motels

Chieftain motel (Chambers)

Holbrook Motels

Holbrook Motel
Hiway House Motel
Motel Tonto
Woods Inn
Whiting Motel
Wigwam Motel

Motel sign, Kingman

Motel Sign, Kingman
by Highsmith, Carol M

Winslow Motels

Travel Lodge Motel
Navajo Lodge
Bazell Modern Court
Marble Motel

Flagstaff Motels

Weatherford Motel
Downtowner Motel, Motel Sierra Vista and DuBeau Motel Inn
The Spur Motel
L Motel
Lane Motel
Western Hills Motel
Motel 66

Rusting 1931 Studebaker on Route 66, Holbrook AZ

Rusting 1931 Studebaker sedan on US 66 near Holbrook AZ. Finetooth

Geronimo Motel
El Pueblo Motor Court
Pine Breeze Inn (Bellemont)
Maurice's Motel & Cafe (Parks)
Wagon Wheel Lodge (Parks)

Williams Motels

Fray Marcos Hotel
Grand Canyon Hotel
El Pinado Hotel
Bethel's Motel
Sun Dial Motel
Norris Motel
Bell Aire Motel
Westerner Motel
Thundirbird Motel
El Rancho Motel

Sign of the Stagecoach Motel, Seligman AZ

Seligman: Stagecoach Motel sign. Credits

Mt. Williams Motel
Del Sue Hotel
Hull's Motel Inn
Sutton Motel
Highlander
Gateway Court
The Clock Motel

Seligman Motels

Court Deluxe Motel
Historic Cottage Hotel
Supai Motel
Aztec Motel
Bill-Mar-Den - Stagecoach Motel

Main Street -Route 66 - and the Oatman Hotel in Oatman,  Arizona

View of Main St. and the Oatman Hotel by Credits

Truxton Motels

Frontier Motel and Café
Barker Apartments
The Orlando Motel
Chief's Motel (Valentine)
Ranchero Motel (Antares)

Kingman Motels

Siesta Motel
Bell Motel
El Trovatore Motel
Arcadia Lodge
Astro - Space Age Motel
Travelodge Motel
Brandin' Iron Motel

Wigwam motel in Holbrook

Wigwam Motel in Holbrook
by Carol M. Highsmith

Hill Crest Motel
Hill Top Motel
Ranchito Motel
Pony Soldier Motel
Lido Motel
Skyline Motel

Historic Districts

Holbrook - South Central Av. Commercial Historic District
Winslow's Historic Commercial District
Flagstaff Historic Downtown District
Williams Historic Downtown District
Seligman Historic Downtown District
The Kingman Comercial Historic District

Bridges

Trails Arch Bridge Topock

The Topock Bridge, Arizona & California, by Thad Roan

See above ( Allentown with a Historic 1923 bridge. (Allentown)
Railway bridge (Canyon Diablo)
Historic Route 66 bridge (Twin Arrows)
Route 66 Bridge (Seligman)
Crozier Canyon Bridge (Valentine)
bridges across the Colorado River (Topock)

Trading Posts, Cafés, Shops, Stores, Diners....

Painted Cliffs Stores and trading posts (Lupton)
Painted Desert Trading Posts (Holbrook)
Plainsman Restaurant (Holbrook)
Rainbow Rock Shop with its dinosaur statues, (Holbrook)
Joe & Aggie's Cafe (Holbrook)

Little Painted Desert near Winslow

Little Painted Desert, Winslow Arizona

This photo of Little Painted Desert is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Howdy Hanks (Joseph City)
Ella's Frontier Trading Post (Joseph City)
Visit the Jack Rabbit Trading Post (Joseph City)
Entré Restaurant (Winslow)
Dome shaped Trading Post (Meteor city)
Toonerville Trading Post (Toonerville)
Twin Arrows Trading Post
Valentine Diner (Twin Arrows)
Winona Trading Post
Granny's Closet - Lumberjack diner (Flagstsaff)
Parks General Store (Parks)
Snow Cap Drive-In (Seligman)
Angel & Vilma Delgadillo Gift Shop (Seligman)
Historic Seligman Sundries
Black Cat Bar (Seligman)
Historic Peach Springs Trading Post
Jade Chinese Restaurant (Kingman)
Casa Linda Café (Kingman)
Cool Springs (Kingman)

standin' on a corner in Winslow Arizona

Standin' on a Corner in Winslow Arizona
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Classic Service Stations

Old Richfield Service Station
Texaco Station
Red Cross Garage
Wagoner's Gas
John Osterman Shell Station
Old Texaco Service Station
Truxton Service Station
Union 76 service station
Mobile Service Station Kingman
Service Station in Kingman
Kingman Service Station
Shell Service Station Kingman

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest in Holbrook
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Ghost Towns

Ghost Town
Canyon Diablo ghost town
Ghost Town (Toonerville and Twin Arrows
Chloride, a mining ghost town (near Kingman)
Goldroad, Mining Ghost town

Other Landmarks and Route 66 Kitsch

Cars animated movie location. (Lupton)

Rainbow Rock Shop dinosaurs in Holbrook Arizona 
 Route 66

Dinosaurs at the Rock Shop in Holbrook AZ
by Google
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Replica of Fort Courage (Houck)
Standing on a Corner (Winslow)
Leupp Village
internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II (Leupp)
World's longest map of Route 66 (Meteor City)
Site of Rimmy Jim's Trading Post -gone- (Meteor Crater)
Meteor Crater Observatory ruins
Barringer Meteor Crater
Canyon Diablo gorge (Two Guns)
Apache Death Cave (Two Guns)
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Grand Canyon Caverns (Peach Springs)
The Cowgill's signpost (Truxton)
Crozier Canyon (Valentine)
Valentine Post Office (Valentine)
Hackberry General Store (The Northside Grocery at Hackberry)
Giganticus Headicus (Antares)
Grand Canyon Skywalk (near Kingman)
Sitgreaves Pass (Oatman)
Gunfights and wild Burros (Oatman)

Frontier Motel

Frontier Motel, Truxton
by Carol Highsmith

Route 66 Historic and Scenic Byways

original 1926 alignment from Allentown to Sanders
Historic Urban Route 66 in Williams
Historic Segments of Route 66 in Parks
Historic Segment Ash Forks - Kingman
Main Street Seligman
The Historic Route 66 Back Country Byway Kingman to Topock.

Museums, Scientific and Native American Sites

Lowell Observatory (Flagstaff)
Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff)
Dean Eldrege Museum (Museum club) (Flagstaff)
Keyhole Sink Rock Art (Williams)

Parks and Outdoors

Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook)
Little Painted Desert (Winona)
Grand Falls on the Little Colorado River (Winona)
Coconino National Forest (Flagstaff)
Ruins of Elden Pueblo (Flagstaff)
Red Rocks State Park (Flagstaff)
Wupatki National Monument (Flagstaff)
Sunset Crater National Monument (Flagstaff)
Monument Valley (NE Arizona)
Grand Canyon National Park (from Williams or Flagstaff).
Diamond Creek (Peach Springs)

Route 66 itinerary across Arizona

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A detailed description of the alignment of U.S. 66 through Arizona, from East to West, with the main towns, attractions and sights:

Arizona

Route 66 in Arizona

Current mileage: 396 mi.

Route 66 crosses the state of Arizona from Lupton on the New Mexico state line to Topock on the Colorado River next to California. The old alignment runs mostly parallel to I-40, except for a long intact stretch between Seligman and Flagstaff.

Williams was the last point on US 66 to be bypassed by an Interstate.

From the New Mexico state Line, mile zero, go west along Grant Road until Exit 359, where you should cross to the South Frontage Rd. of I-40 and head west (0.5 mi.). Pass by Lupton. Just west of Exit 351, (8.5 mi.) at the fork go left along Allentown Rd. and then right along Apache County Road 7240 - the 1920s alignment of Route 66. At Houck is the historic Querino Canyon Bridge (Exit 348).

When you reach US 191 by Sanders (21 miles), go right and cross I-40 (Exit 339) to the North Frontage Road. Head west. At Chambers (28 miles) you will have to go south and access I-40 at Exit 333, head west.

Arizona, Route 66, abandoned cars

Abandoned Cars, Route 66, Arizona, by Carol M. High smith

Leave I-40 at Exit 330 and cross to the south Frontage Road (32 mi.). The paving ends (38 miles) but you can cross under I-40, to its north side. Here, to the south of I-40 is Navajo. Keep along the North Frontage Rd. (Pinta Road) and enter the Petrified Forest National Park

The road ends at Park Road (50 mi.), well inside the Nat. Park. Go right to visit the Historic Site: Painted Desert Inn, or take a left and pass the Painted Desert Visitor Center reaching I-40 at Exit 311, head West along I-40, (51 miles).

At Exit 303, you can stay on I-40 until reaching Holbrook, or test your luck on the old 1920s dirt surfaced US. 66: at Painted Desert Indian Center, (59 mi.) take the south Frontage Rd. west. It becomes Goodwater Rd., Coyote Rd., and crosses to the north of I-40. Take a left (65 miles) along Pima St. in Sun Valley, in the outskirts of Holbrook.

Holbrook

Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert ’The Tepees’,
 in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

"The Tepees", Blue Mesa region of the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, by Austin Whittall

Get onto I-40 at Exit 294 (68 miles) and take exit 289 onto I-40 Bus. Loop (73 mi.) into Holbrook, it crosses I-40 and enters the town.

Take a right along US 180 (W. Hopi Drive through town) and see the Wigwam Village Motel #6 (Historic Site) on your left. It is one of the two surviving Wigwam Motels on US 66.

Get onto I-40 West at Exit 285 (78 mi.). The old US 66 alternates as the south and north frontage. Exit I-40 at 277 (86 miles) and head into Joseph City along hwy 40B, the Main St. was U.S. 66. (87 mi.). Return to I-40 at exit 274, go west.

Leave I-40 at Exit 264 (98 miles), follow Hubbard Rd. (on the north side of the Interstate, west) it will merge with I-40 at Exit 257 (105 mi.), cross to the south side and enter Winslow along I-40 Bus. Loop (E 3rd St.).

Winslow

Seligman Arizona, Route 66

Route 66 the Main Street, Seligman, Arizona, by A. Whittall

Follow US 66 through the center of the town, and turn left on N. Kinsley Ave. one block, to 2nd St., to the site of "Standing on the Corner", (109 miles). Don't miss the La Posada Historic District.

At Exit 252, (112 mi.) get back onto I-40 west. The N. Frontage Rd. is the old US 66, a dirt road in this part. You will drive past Leupp Corner and MeteorCity.

If you enjoy dirt roads, take Exit 233 (130 miles) south and head south towards Barringer Crater (Meteor Crater), which is 6 mi south of I-40. At the southern tip of the RV Camp is Route 66 with a NW - SE direction, go right. Enjoy the old road. Stop at Two Guns at Exit 230 and get back onto I-40 west. At Exit 219 is Twin Arrows (145 mi.).

You will see US 66 (Now AZ-394 on the right side, inaccessible from I-40 unless you drive back eastwards along it at the following exit: get off at Exit 211 (154 miles) here you can go east. Head north into Winona along AZ-394 Townsend - Winona Rd. See the Historic Walnut Canyon Bridge.

Suddenly after all that desert, pine trees appear and so do the hills.

Flagstaff and Winona are both mentioned in the song Route Sixty-six (Get your kicks...).

Keep straight until meeting US 89, at Flagstaff (164 mi.) and take a left towards the town.

Flagstaff

US 180 will join from the left with I-40 Bus. Loop. And you will pass by the historic Railway Station (172 miles) in Downtown Flagstaff (Railroad Addition Historic District and Boundary Increase). Use I-40 Bus. Loop to leave town.

Just north of town is Humphrey's Peak (12,633 ft. - 3.853 m), the highest point in Arizona, and site of the Arizona Snowbowl ski center.

Get onto I-40 at Exit 191 west (178 mi.). At the next Exit at Riordan, (190) is the Arizona Divide with 7,335 ft. (2.237m) the highest point of the road in Arizona.

You can reach Williams along I-40 or follow the old Route 66 from Bellemont (visit the Pine Breezes Inn first): Take Exit 185 north along Hughes Ave. and a left onto Old Hwy 66. (184 miles) - Branningan Park Rd. Leave Exit 178 behind, pass by Parks, (192 miles) head west and pass Exit 171 (198 mi.) and keep along Deer Farm Rd. until Exit 167 (203 mi.) and go to the south side of I-40 and follow AZ-51A west to Bearizona Park on US 66, (210 miles) turn left towards Williams.

Williams

Williams Main Street Arizona, Route 66

Route 66 the Main Street, Williams, Arizona, by A. Whittall

Pass through the center of Williams (212 mi.) along its Historic Commercial District and Urban Route 66. See its Motels and the Railway Station with its steam engines is an interesting sight. The trains go up to the Grand Canyon.

Get back onto I-40 west at Exit 161, keep west until Ash Fork Exit 145, into Ash Fork. Go right (229 miles) along Lewis Ave. and Return to I-40 at Exit 144.

At Exit 139 (236 mi.) leave I-40 for the longest stretch of intact road surface of US 66 in the U.S., Arizona Historic Route 66, it has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Head west towards Seligman.

Seligman

Drive through the historic town along Chino St. (254 miles) and head west. But first stop at Delgadillos Historic Route 66 visitor Center. Delgadillo promoted the AZ Route 66 Association. The Central District is a Historic Site.

The road passes by the Grand Canyon Caverns (279 mi.), and reaches Peach Springs (291 miles).

Ash Fork, Arizona, Route 66

DeSoto's Beauty and Barber Shop, Route 66, Ash Fork, Arizona, by Carol M. Highsmith

Peach Springs

This is Indian territory, it is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation; visit the Peach Springs Trading Post. Keep west and reach Truxton (288 mi.) -with the Frontier Motel and Cafe, pass through Valentine (309 miles) with its Schoolhouse at Truxton Canyon Trading School (Historic Site).

Hackberry

The town Hackberry is tiny and off the road, but the Hackberry General Store, on the right (314 mi.) is worth stopping at. It was a general store and now is a gift -curio shop.

At 320 mi. the road turns to the SW at Antares (see the Giganticus Headicus) and runs straight into Kingman where US 66 becomes E. Andy Devine Ave, and enters the town, crossing I-40 (337 miles).

Kingman

The town's Commercial District is a Historical site.

The Avenue goes by the town, passes the Historic Powerhouse (341 mi.), and turns to the south becomes the south Frontage Rd. of I-40 and at Exit 44, crosses to the west (north) of I-40. Take a right along AZ-10, Oatman Road and head SW. (346 miles).

The road reaches the Black Mountains (359 mi.) and crosses them in a very snaking course, with sharp curves, left and right zig-zagging up and down. Sitgreaves Pass (3,652 ft.), is the summit. The worst part is over, when the road turns south again (368 miles), and runs along the western flank of the mountains.

Kingman is mentioned in the song Route Sixty-six (Get your kicks...).

Oatman

US 66 reaches Oatman (370 miles), an old mining town. Visit the Historic Durlin Hotel, Oatman.

Leave the town and then the mountains (380 mi.), to face the desert again, the "Wild Springs wilderness", reaching Topock (390 mi.).

Topock

The road passes Topock "bay" of Goose Lake and reaching Exit 1 of I-40 at 395 mi. Head west.

I-40 crosses the Colorado River; to the south is the Old Trails Bridge, Topock (Historic Site), cross the New Bridge, and leave Arizona to entering California. Mileage to this point (396 miles).

Sources

Image by Vítězslav Válka adapted under its CC BY-SA 3.0 CZ License.