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

Welcome to Historic Downtown Kingman, Arizona ... the Heart of Route 66
Welcome to Historic Downtown Kingman, Arizona ... Heart of Route 66

Railroad Station

The one-story Spanish Mission style station in downtown Kingman was built in 1907 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway—commonly referred to as the “Santa Fe.” 

Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona

Located at 402 Andy Devine Avenue

 


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

The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66. Located in the Powerhouse is the Arizona Route 66 Museum, at 120 W. Andy Devine Avenue.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, AZ
Historic Route 66 mileage chart from Kingman, Arizona

Lodging Options in Kingman, Arizona

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Hotels in Kingman, 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.

Only 23 more miles through Mohave County to Oatman
Only 23 more miles through Mohave County to Oatman

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

Typical geographic desert scene between Kingman and Oatman
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, tasty foods, gift shop and museum ...  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.

Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet
Route 66 travel sign in Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet
Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902
Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902

 

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

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

Arizona Route 66 Passport

The Official Arizona Route 66 Passport

The Arizona Route 66 Passport is your guide into the heart of America. Cruise along the Mother Road, collecting stamps at locations along the way. Each passport comes with a free Traveler's Guide.

It is published by the The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of both the surface, and the memories along Arizona’s portion of Route 66. Proceeds from the sale of Passports benefit this cooperative marketing initiative.

Purchase an Arizona Route 66 Passport online or pick one up at one of the locations where stamps are given.

More information about the Arizona Route 66 Passport

Order the Arizona Route 66 Passport online

Arizona Digital Route 66 Passport: Rock the Route

The Official Arizona Route 66 Digital Passport ... and Rock the Route!

The Arizona Office of Tourism launched in late August of 2022 the Digital Route 66 Passport. From Topock 66 on the Colorado River in the west to The Painted Desert Trading Post in the east plus miles of famous sights, shops, eats and towns in between, the free digital passport makes planning a Route 66-centric road trip easier than ever.

There’s even the chance to win prizes by checking in and uploading photos through the passport.

Access to the free digital map and passport is delivered instantly to phones and mobile devices after a quick sign-up. 

Read how the Passport works and how to get one: Arizona Digital Route 66 Passport

Read the Press Release here: Arizona Office of Tourism Launches Digital Route 66 Passport

 

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