Route 66 Trip to Oatman in 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 on old Route 66 between Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California.

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 took a southwest alignment from Oatman on its way to Needles.

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


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!

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.

Map of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona
Map of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona

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 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

 

Lodging Options in Nearby Kingman, Arizona

Hotels in Kingman, Arizona

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