Historic Route 66 Byway Map

 Overview

Route 66 is our country’s “Mother Road,” complete with so much history from our nation’s past. Along the route in Arizona, discover stories of the Dust Bowl, World War II, iconic 1950’s/60’s, traditional family vacations, ancient civilizations, and a fragile desert ecosystem.

The Historic Route 66 remains, though segmented, in four U.S. states. The route is broken up, often paralleling other major roads, throughout Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Clear route markers exist along most of the road. Below we have included directions and specifics for New Mexico and Arizona, if you would like the directions for Illinois and Oklahoma, visit this site.

The Arizona portion of Route 66 is a total of 370.0 mi / 595.5 km in length.

Key Attractions

  • Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert (colorful buttes and mesas) – located near Lupton, enter I-40, then head west to exit 311 (the park exit).

  • Walnut Canyon National Monument – 1,000 year old, grand Sinagua Indian ruins and beautiful canyon located just off I-40, exit 240 (Winona) – just follow the road signs to the monument.

  • Winslow, Arizona – small town shopping, eating, and a monument – built to honor the Eagles and their iconic song, “Take it Easy,” which mentions the laid back town.

  • Museums, mom and pop restaurants and retro hotels, barber shops, motor courts, and eateries dot the landscape of small towns along the entire route.

  • A sample itinerary for Route 66 in Arizona can be found here. Recommended time to travel through all the segments in Arizona is 3 days to a week.

Location
The Arizona segment of Historic Route 66 is a disjoint byway comprised of seven pieces. The first section follows I-40 through Holbrook, then a small section in Joseph City. The fourth section goes through Flagstaff. The fifth section goes through Williams. The sixth section is a little place in Ash Fork. Finally, there is a long section heading west on SR 65 from Seligman to Topock.

Specifically, the sections are:

  • Holbrook, mile marker 289-285

  • Joseph City, mile marker 277-274

  • Winslow, mile marker 257-252

  • Flagstaff, mile marker 211-191

  • Williams, mile marker 167-162

  • Ash Fork, mile marker 146-144

  • Topock, mile marker 167-0

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(This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)