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Route 66 from Winslow to Winona

Driving Route 66

Last Updated: . By Austin Whittall

On this page we describe all the different alignments of Route 66 from Winslow to Winona.

When Route 66 was originally created back in 1926, it was a dirt road across most of Arizona. Later it was paved, and in the process, straightened out. Bridges were built to cut across gullies and canyons with a straight and safe course. Curves were eliminated, and the roadbed moved.

Drive the old Mother Road from Winslow to Winona AZ.

Winona Trading Post on US 66 in its heyday. A photo from 1946.

1946 photo of gas station and Winona Trading Post on Route 66, Arizona
The Winona trading Post in 1946, Winona, AZ.

The course of Route 66 between Winona and Winslow

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Historic US 66

Route 66 across Arizona from Winslow to Winona

Historic U.S. highway 66, "Route 66" has been designated as an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway in the state of Arizona.

Click on the following link for a Full description of Route 66 across the state of Arizona with links to each town along the highway.

Below is more information on the different Route 66's alignments through Winona (they are shown in the Map above).

The Alignment of Old Route 66 from Winslow to Winona

Leaving Winslow

>> All you need to know about Winslow

Leave central Winslow and head West along West 3rd St. (Map: Leaving downtown Winslow), at the junction with Old W Hwy 66 you have two options:

The statue at the famous "Corner" in Winslow Arizona. Route 66

Standin’ on a Corner mural and statue
The "Standin' on a Corner" mural and statue, in Winslow, AZ,

1926 road: Head west along the 1926 alignment until it reaches a dead end just south of I-40. (1926 alignment map).
later road: keep along W 3rd St. to its end, just past Exit 252 of I-40. (Later alignment).

Both options end on the south side of I-40 and their roadbeds further west are buried beneath the freeway, but you can meet them further west on the north side of I-40, so head there crossing to the North Frontage Rd. at Exit 252, turn left and head west.
There is a segment 1.3 miles long shown in this Map of Route 66 just west of Winslow.

Onwards to Leupp Corner

This segment also ends in a dead end, making it necessary to backtrack and get on I-40 at Exit 252 and head west along it until Exit 245, where you can go to the North Frontage Rd. again and head west along Route 66 (AZ-99). This segment passes by Leupp Corner.
See this Map of this segment through Leupp Corner.

Leupp Corner is located at the spot where AZ-99 angles off towards the Northwest, leaving I-40 behind just west of Exit 45.

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1926 - 1935 Route 66 into Meteor City

The road continued further west and heads along the Red Gap Ranch. This segment passes Exit 239 (on the south side of the exit are the remains of the Meteor City Trading Post, built on the later US 66 alignment.

The original Route 66 kept to the north of the freeway and now ends in a dead end on the east side of the railroad tracks after 8.1 miles. See a photograph of the dead end here.

This is the Map of the alignment into Red Gap.

Where the dead end is now located, the old road crossed the tracks and headed towards what is now the south side of I-40; the road then arched in a wide curve further south and then back again nortwhards, towards I-40, crossing a creek and what is now I-40 at the Westbound Rest Area.
You cannot drive this segment, but you can still see the old roadbed to the south of I-40.

Map Red Gap - Meteor Crater

This alignment is shown in the map below, click it to see a large size image.

Map showing original Route 66 alignment from Red Gap to Meteor City
Original Route 66 alignment from Red Gap to Meteor City, Arizona. A. Whittall
Click map to enlarge

This Map shows the arch south of I-40, which is shown in Pale Blue in the map above. This is the street view of the original bridge marked on the map above.

Meteor City on the Later 1940s - 1969 alignment

The road bypassed Red Gap and took another course after it was paved in 1935. From the point where modern I-40s Exit 239 is located, the road ran straight, passing in front of Meteor City trading Post heading west, to the south of what is now I-40, across Cow Wash, and the railway and then merging with the previous alignment.
This is the Map of the 1940s road through Meteor City; the western part of the road cannot be driven nowadays as it is cut by the railroad tracks and I-40.

Both alignments by Barringer Crater

At Barringer Crater there are two alignments:

The late 1940s alignment is now covered by the roadbed of I-40 between the Westbound Rest Area and Two Guns, but the older alignment used until the mid 1940s can still be driven.

To do so leave I-40 at Exit 233, drive south for 0.4 mi. to the crossing of Meteor Crater Rd. and Route 66 by the RV campground. Options at this point:

Map of US66 in Meteor Crater

Map of US66 alignments in Meteor Crater
click to enlarge

  • Go East: Take a left and drive all the way to the end of the segment, which is beside the of the Eastbound Rest Area of I-40. Actually the old road is now interrupted by the rest area and I-40, as it came from the north side of I-40 (now the Westbound Rest Area). This is a 1.6 mile long segment. This is its Map. You can see it marked in red in the image further up.
  • Go West: Take a right and drive straight to the next Exit of I-40 (Exit 230) at Two Guns 5.4 miles away.
    This is the Map from Meteor Crater Rd. to Two Guns

These two options are shown in the image-map, which you can click to enlarge.

Two Guns

The Map of Route 66 in Two guns, indicates the different alignments of US 66 through the town. The color key for that map is the following:

Green: shows the National Old Trails Highway in its pre-1915 alignment. Notice how it curves into the Diablo Canyon with a hairpin ben, and crosses its bed without a bridge.
Pale Blue: Between Meteor Crater and Two guns it shows the 1926 to 1938 Route 66 alignment that can still be driven today. West of Two Guns, it coincides with the National Old Trails Highway after 1915 and the 1926 - 1930 Route 66. This is a dirt road, part of which can also be driven nowadays.
Black, these are the sections where the old roadbed has gone, there is no road to drive, but you can still make out the original roadbed (1926 - 1938).
Blue: The 1930 - 1938 alignment of Route 66 which cannot be driven either.
Red: I-40 where it overlaps the 1938 to 1979 roadbed of Route 66.

Map showing Route 66 alignment through Two Guns.

Map of US 66 in Two Guns AZ
Map showing Route 66 in Two Guns AZ.
Click on Map to Enlarge

You can always check out our Route 66 Map of Arizona, with the complete alignment and all the towns.

West of Two Guns (Buffalo Road)

West of Two Guns the 1915 -1930 roadbed of Route 66 can be seen, but it is no longer a road that can be driven. The later 1930s alignment lies under I-40. However at I-40's Exit 225, you can head to the south side of the freeway and drive a tiny section of the original 1915 - 1930 road. Now it is known as Buffalo Range Rd. (Map with directions).

This map shows the original Route 66 roadbed (marked with red arrows) at this point. The road west of this exit is once again buried beneath I-40 until you approach Toonerville.

Route 66's 1926 alignment through Toonerville and Twin Arrows

The 1926 alignment of Route 66 reached Toonerville - Twin Arrows along what is now the South Service Road of I-40. It is now truncated in its eastern tip (Map of this segment).

US 66 followed the National Old Trails highway, and headed west (now partly hiden by the earthworks on the south side at Exit 219), it reappears on the north side of I-40 and runs straight until reaching the Canyon Padre, where it sharply curves south, crossed the Canyon via the historic concrete bridge, and then curved towards the west again, passing to the south and then again to the north of I-40. It then continued west along what is now AZ -394, towards Winona.

This alignment is shown in the map below, as follows, in Black the roadbed that cannot be driven, Pale Blue: Driveable 1926 to 1960 Route 66 alignment east of Toonerville, and Blue: The 1926 to 1952 alignment of Route 66 west of Canyon Padre and all the way into Winona (Map of the alignment).

1937 realignment

In 1937, a new bridge was built to replace the dangerous 1914 one. It was built where the eastbound lane of I-40 is now located, leaving the old bridge and its dangerous curved access abandoned.

The eastern 1926 alignment was linked to the bridge with a new roadbed from what is now Exit 219, passing by the current Twin Arrows Trading post and meeting the 1926 alignment on the western side of Canyon Padre, on what is now AZ-394.
This is shown in Green on the map below.

1952 realignment

The roadbed remained in use until 1952, when a new alignment (now buried under I-40) was built west of the Canyon Padre all the way to Winona from what is now Exit 219. The road east of the Canyon was moved in 1960 to an alignment that is now located beneath I-40s roadbed, and the 1937 -1960 road in front of Twin Arrows and Toonerville was abandoned. This alignment remained in use until 1979 when I-40 replaced US 66.

To drive the old (1926 - 1960) Route 66 alignment in Toonerville and Twin Arrows (a 2.2 mile segment) see this Toonerville - Twin Arrows US 66 map.

Map showing Route 66 alignment through Twin Arrows (Toonerville)

Map of US 66 in Twin Arrows AZ
Map showing Route 66 in Twin Arrows, AZ, by
Click on Map to Enlarge

The map above shows US 66 alignment through Twin Arrows - Toonerville. In Pale Blue is the driveable 1926 to 1952 Route 66 alignment. Black shows where there is no road to drive, but you can still make out the original roadbed (1926 - 1937). In Green is the alignment from 1937 to 1952 through Twin Arrows and westwards, now under I-40. Blue shows the 1926 to 1952 alignment of Route 66 west of Canyon Padre and all the way into Winona.

Route 66 in Winona

>> All you need to know about Winona

The National Old Trails highway became the Flagstaff - Winona highway in 1922 when it was improved using Federal Funds. At that time the Walnut Creek Bridge was built.

In 1926 the Winona to Flagstaff segment of this road became Route 66 and remained so until the road was realigned in 1947 west of Winona. The 1947 alignment is now overlaid by the roadbed of I-40 west of Exit 211 until Exit 204. To the east of Winona, after 1952, US 66 changed its alignment too. Now it is covered by I-40 all the way to Canyon Padre.

The 1926 to 1947 road that took a more northern course became what is now AZ-394.

Click for the Winona to Flagstaff alignment.

Below is a Then-and-Now sequence of images looking east from Winona. The upper image taken in 1966, shows the 1926-1947 alignment into Winona from Flagstaff (bottom left), the post-1947 Route 66 (bottom) and the post 1952 alignment (top) now forming the westbound lanes of I-40.

1966 photo of Winona from the air, looking east.

aerial view of Winona in 1966
Aerial photograph of Winon in 1966. Looking east.

Below is the same view nowadays, I-40 was built and its two lanes running east now cross Winona. The red arrows mark the 1926 alignment.

2021 photo of Winona from the air.

aerial view of Winona in 2021
Satellite photograph of Winon in 2021. Looking east.

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Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat.

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