Historic Route 66 Back Country Byway

Kingman, Arizona

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A 42-mile paved Type I byway that begins south of Kingman, crosses Sitgreaves Pass in the rugged Black Mountains, passes through the historic mining town of Oatman, and finishes at Golden Shores near the California border. The Historic Route 66 Back Country Byway follows a 42-mile-long paved section of beloved Old Route 66, a 2,400-mile highway that linked Chicago with Los Angeles. For more than fifty years, from the 1920s until the 1970s when parts of five different interstate highways replaced it, Route 66 was America’s national transcontinental road. The highway, traversing eight states, passed along so many small town Main Streets that it was nicknamed the Main Street of America. Special Attractions: Historic Route 66 Highway, Shaffer Fishbowl Spring, Sitgreaves Pass, Gold Road Townsite, Oatman, Gold Road, old mines, hiking, wildlife, scenic views.

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"A 42-mile paved Type I byway that begins south of Kingman, crosses Sitgreaves Pass in the rugged Black Mountains, passes through the historic mining town of Oatman, and finishes at Golden Shores near the California border. The Historic Route 66 Back Country Byway follows a 42-mile-long paved section of beloved Old Route 66, a 2,400-mile highway that linked Chicago with Los Angeles.

For more than fifty years, from the 1920s until the 1970s when parts of five different interstate highways replaced it, Route 66 was America’s national transcontinental road. The highway, traversing eight states, passed along so many small town Main Streets that it was nicknamed the Main Street of America. Special Attractions: Historic Route 66 Highway, Shaffer Fishbowl Spring, Sitgreaves Pass, Gold Road Townsite, Oatman, Gold Road, old mines, hiking, wildlife, scenic views."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Kingman
Distance: 42
Season: Year-round; summers can be very hot
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Driving Directions: Directions to Historic Route 66 Back Country Byway

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May 2018