Route 66 thru Holbrook and Winslow to Flagstaff

Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, ArizonaStandin on a Corner, in Winslow, Arizona

We have traveled Historic Route 66 from New Mexico and into Arizona multiple times over the years, both eastbound and westbound.

Some of the journey is on I-40, which parallels the old Route 66 in many places. We drive the segments of the Mother Road where it still remains. Exits to Route 66 are marked in many locales.

Included below are a few of our favorite places and scenes along the Mother Road from Holbrook through Winslow to Flagstaff.

Let's start the trip ... near the Arizona border ...

Get Out on the Highway: Westward on Route 66

The drive from Gallup to Lupton, on the Arizona border, is only 24 miles on today's I-40. Continuing west, the old road passes through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest, and then into Holbrook.

Map showing U.S. Route 66 from Holbrook to Flagstaff, Arizona
Map showing U.S. Route 66 from Holbrook to Flagstaff, Arizona

 

 

Entering Arizona, The Grand Canyon State
Arizona, The Grand Canyon State

The Tepee Trading Post, near the New Mexico - Arizona state line on present-day I-40
The Tepee Trading Post, near the New Mexico - Arizona state line on present-day I-40



66 Motel and Cafe, 1 mile east of Holbrook, Arizona

The Holbrook, Arizona Area

Holbrook began as a town of railroaders and cattlemen, outlaws and rugged lawmen. Today it is a city steeped in Native American culture, Hispanic roots and pioneers from all walks of life.

Today, the city has a population of about 5,000 residents. In this community is the heart of Navajo County, nearby are the beautiful Painted Desert and Petrified National Park.

For those with an interest in geology, Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company is a fun stop. The Navajo County Historical Museum is well worth a visit as well.

WInslow lies 34 miles to the west.

The Painted Desert near Holbrook, Arizona, directly on the path of Historic Route 66
The Painted Desert in Arizona, pathway of Historic Route 66

The Painted Desert

Shown here is signage at the Painted Desert marking the path of Route 66 through eight states, and through this area. It reads, in part ...

"Gaze down the long road and listen. You may hear echoes of the past ... echoes of Route 66"

Route 66 sign and marker in the Painted Desert in Arizona

Remnants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona, along with the rusted hulk of a 1930s Studebaker.
Remnants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona

 

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, near Holbrook
Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

Vintage view of the Wigwam Village No. 6, 800 Hopi Drive on U.S. 66, Holbrook, Arizona
Vintage view of the Wigwam Village No. 6, 800 Hopi Drive on U.S. 66, Holbrook, Arizona

Present day views of the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, one of the two remaining Wigwam Motels on Route 66

Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona

More scenes around the Holbrook area

Rainbow Rock Shop in Holbrook
Rainbow Rock Shop in Holbrook
Crystal Forest Campground
Crystal Forest Campground near Holbrook AZ and the Petrified Forest NP
Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company
Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company in Holbrook Arizona
Dinosaurs at Jim Gray's in Holbrook
Dinosaurs at Jim Gray's in Holbrook

Traveling to Winslow, Arizona

The next stop is at Winslow, and the famous "Standing on the Corner" made famous by the popular song by the Eagles. The sculpture, and the mural, is a "must see" attraction and photo op!

Winslow is also the location of Fred Harvey's La Posada Hotel, which remains a popular lodging experience today. In addition to La Posada, several other hotels are available in Winslow.

A railroad town, Winslow is somewhat linear, stretching mostly east-west along the tracks. It is located about 58 miles east of Flagstaff, and 128 miles west of Gallup, New Mexico.

Welcome to Winslow, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
Welcome to Winslow, Arizona, and Historic Route 66

The Song

The song "Take It Easy" was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and recorded by the Eagles. The Standin' on the Corner Park features a two-story mural and bronze statue.

A new Glenn Frey tribute statue was dedicated and installed in the Corner Park on September 24, 2016.

It is estimated 100,000 visitors stand on the corner each year!

The red flatbed truck at the Standing on the Corner park in Winslow, Arizona

 

La Posada Hotel
Winslow, Arizona

In the 1920s, Fred Harvey wanted to build a major hotel in the center of northern Arizona that would become the finest in the American Southwest. He named the hotel La Posada, "The Resting Place". It opened in 1930, and remains a popular lodging destination today, at 303 E. 2nd Street in Winslow.

The La Posada Hotel, a Fred Harvey masterpiece in Winslow

Outside view of the historic La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, Arizona

Route 66 Roadside Attraction sign: The historic La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, Arizona The historic La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, Arizona

 

Flagstaff, Arizona

From Winslow, we travel west to Flagstaff, a great stopover with lots of lodging and dining options. Read details about Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona

It is a convenient jumping off location for trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and other Arizona attractions.

Route 66 visitors center in Flagstaff

Route 66 Visitors Center
Flagstaff, Arizona

The Flagstaff Visitor Center is a great place to find out more about Route 66 in Arizona,  area attrractions lilke Sedona and the Grand Canyon, and lodging options. Located at 1 E Route 66 in downtown Flastaff.

 

Flagstaff, Arizona

All roads lead to Flagstaff ... or at least many do! Many highways pass through the city, including Route 66, I-40, I-17, and US Highway 180.

All roads lead to Flagstaff ... or at least many do!

Street scene in historic downtown Flagstaff
Street scene in historic downtown Flagstaff

 

Lodging Options Along Route 66

Hotels in Winslow, Arizona

Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Driving West
on the Next Route 66 Segment?

Flagstaff to Seligman, Arizona

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Flagstaff to Seligman, Arizona


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