Driving on Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman in Arizona

 

Cool Springs, near Oatman in Arizona on Historic Route 66Cool Springs, near Oatman in Arizona on Historic Route 66

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.

Welcome to Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
Welcome to Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66

The famous Route 66 water tower in Kingman, Arizona
The famous Route 66 water tower in Kingman, Arizona

 

 

Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona
Railroad station in Kingman, Arizona

The Powerhouse roadside attraction in Kingman, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
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"

 

Driving from Kingman to Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

The Route 66 stretch from Kingman to Oatman 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.

The popular small town of Oatman is interesting, with numerous gift shops and small restaurants. Oh, and lots of "wild" donkeys downtown!

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

Typical geographic and geologic desert scene between Kingman and Oatman in Western Arizona along Route 66
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
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

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

 

 

Route 66 travel sign in Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet
Route 66 travel sign in Oatman, Arizona, elevation 2,700 feet

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

Olive Oatman Restaurant, Ice Cream and Saloon
Olive Oatman Restaurant, Ice Cream and Saloon

Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902
Oatman Hotel, dating to 1902


Lodging Options Along Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona

Hotels in Kingman, Arizona

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