Driving on Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman in Arizona
|The 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.
The Kingman area is served by about 35 hotels and motels, and over 100 restaurants, diners and cafes.
Kingman, Arizona ... a popular stop on Route 66
Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona
Santa Fe steam locomotive in Kingman, Arizona
|Mohave Museum in Kingman
||Rt 66 Motorcycle Parts & Accessories
|Mother Road Harley-Davidson mural
||Mural in Kingman, Arizona
The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
|The Hill Top Motel in Kingman, Arizona - "Best View in Kingman"
||Historic Route 66 mileage chart, east and west, from Kingman, Arizona
Lodging Options 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.
Route 66 travel kiosk 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
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
Green pickup truck ready to roll on Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman
|Switchbacks near Oatman, Arizona
||Steep, banking curve on Route 66
Sitgreaves Pass on Route 66, elevation 3,550 feet, between Cool Springs and Oatman, Arizona
|Sometimes a bit rough on Route 66
||Welcome to Oatman Arizona!
|Olive 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
The Classy Ass Jewelry and Gifts, downtown Oatman, Arizona
Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902
|Wild burros at the Oatman Hotel
||Saving Your Ass in Oatman