Route 66

  • Historic Route 66
  • This section of Rt. 66, in western Arizona, is a Back Country Highway under control of the Bureau of Land Management.
  • The highway pass over Sitgreaves Pass. During the era of migration to California, prompted by the dust-bowl period. it is said that drivers were so scared of this section of highway that they hired locals to drive their vehicles through the treacherous pass.
  • We towed our Airstream over Sitgreave's Pass.
  • Looking westward from Sitgreave's Pass, Rt. 66 begins its descent towards Oatman, AZ. Speed limit: 15 MPH.
  • Driving down from Sitgreave's Pass: the road must be much improved from times past but there are still narrow, winding streaches of road. Further down the road lie active mines, en route to Oatman.
  • Looking back down Rt. 66 to the East, from whence we came. The narrowness of the kinky road is evident as is the desert beauty. Luckily, traffic was very light: I sometimes needed both sides of the road to drag the Airstream around the curves.
  • Sign denoting mining claims.
  • NOTICE: THERE ARE FIVE ACTIVE FEDERAL MINING CLAIMS IN THIS AREA ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD. DUE TO CHANGES IN THE MINING LAWS, EVERY ONE NEEDS TO GET A PERMIT TO BE ON THE CLAIMS. TO GET A PERMIT, SEE DON AT 9049 OATMAN RD. QUESTA MINES.