Driving on Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman in Arizona

 

The famous Route 66 water tower in Kingman, ArizonaThe famous Route 66 water tower in Kingman, Arizona

Route 66 ran southwest out of Kingman through Cool Springs to Oatman, and onward to Golden Shores and Topock where it turned west to Needles, California.

Visiting Kingman Arizona

The City of Kingman is the county seat of Mohave County, and has a population of about 28,000 residents, while the entire metro area accounts for about 66,000 residents.

Kingman is located on Historic Route 66, Interstate 40, U.S. Route 93, and Arizona Highway 68. With its geographical location, it provides access to the gambling destinations of Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, as well as the Grand Canyon, California, the Colorado River, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lake Mohave, and Lake Havasu. It also is an Amtrak stop.

Popular attractions include the Historic Route 66 Museum and the Kingman Railroad Museum.

For aviation fans, be sure to make a stop at the Kingman Airport on the north side of town. It is a major airplane boneyard and storage facility for commercial airliners.

The Kingman area is served by about 35 hotels and motels, and over 100 restaurants, diners and cafes.

Map showing U.S. Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona
Map showing U.S. Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona

Kingman, Arizona ... a popular stop on Route 66
Welcome to Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66

Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona
Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona

Santa Fe steam locomotive in Kingman, Arizona
Santa Fe steam locomotive in Kingman, Arizona

 


Mohave Museum in Kingman
Mohave Museum in Kingman
Rt 66 Motorcycle Parts & Accessories
Rt 66 Motorcycle Parts & Accessories in Kingman, AZ
Mother Road Harley-Davidson mural
Mother Road Harley-Davidson mural in Kingman, Arizona
Mural in Kingman, Arizona
Mural in Kingman, Arizona


The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66

The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"
The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"
Historic Route 66 mileage chart, east and west, from Kingman, Arizona
Historic Route 66 mileage chart from Kingman, Arizona

 


Lodging Options in Kingman, Arizona

Hotels in Kingman, Arizona

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Map of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona

Map of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona


Driving from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

The Route 66 stretch from Kingman to Oatman starts out flat and fairly straight. Later the road features numerous switchbacks, but is paved, albeit a bit narrow.

In the early years, this road was a challenge to navigate. However, today, anyone with even moderate mountain driving experience shouldn't have any problems.

Sitgreaves Pass, elevation 3,550 feet, lies between Cool Springs and Oatman.

Route 66 travel kiosk between Kingman and Oatman
The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"

Typical geographic and geologic desert scene between Kingman and Oatman in Western Arizona along Route 66
Typical geographic and geologic desert scene between Kingman and Oatman in Western Arizona along Route 66


 

Route 66 heading westbound from Kingman to Oatman
Route 66 heading westbound from Kingman to Oatman

Cool Springs ... cabins and tasty foods ...  between Kingman and Oatman
For more Cool Springs information, history, museum gifts and more, visit www.Route66CoolSpringsAz.com  and Cool Springs on Facebook

Cool Springs .. cabins and tasty foods ...  between Kingman and Oatman

Green pickup truck ready to roll on Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman
Green pickup truck ready to roll on Route 66 between Kingman and Oatma

Switchbacks near Oatman, Arizona
Switchbacks on Route 66 near Oatman, Arizona
Steep, banking curve on Route 66
Steep, banking curve on Route 66

Sitgreaves Pass on Route 66, elevation 3,550 feet, between Cool Springs and Oatman, Arizona
Sitgreaves Pass on Route 66, elevation 3,550 feet, between Cool Springs and Oatman, Arizona

Sometimes a bit rough on Route 66
Sometimes a bit rough on Route 66 near Oatman, Arizona
Welcome to Oatman Arizona!
Welcome to Oatman Arizona!

 

Oatman, Arizona

Olive Oatman Restaurant, Ice Cream and SaloonOlive Oatman Restaurant, Ice Cream and Saloon

The Drulin Hotel, built in 1902, did a brisk business to the area miners. This old hotel, renamed the Oatman Hotel in the 1960s, is the only historic two story adobe building in Mohave County.

In 1930, it was estimated that 36 million dollars worth of gold had been mined around Oatman.

The town boasted two banks, seven hotels, twenty saloons and ten stores. There were over 10,000 people living in Oatman area.

Today, the popular small town of Oatman is an interesting stop, with numerous gift shops and small restaurants. It is located at elevation 2,700 feet.

Oatman's famous "Wild" Burros that wander the streets are the descendants of burros brought here by the miners, and when no longer needed were turned loose.

Route 66 then took a southwest alignment from Oatman on its way to Needles, California.

Route 66 travel sign in Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet
Route 66 travel sign in Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet

The Classy Ass Jewelry and Gifts, downtown Oatman, Arizona
The Classy Ass Jewelry and Gifts, downtown Oatman, Arizona

Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902
Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902

Wild burros at the Oatman Hotel
Wild burros at the Oatman Hotel
Saving Your Ass in Oatman
Saving Your Ass store in Oatman

 

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