Kingman to California on Route 66
There are two Route 66
alignments from Kingman
southwest to the California
border. The pre-1952 alignment along the Oatman Highway is by far the most beautiful, providing numerous photographic opportunities, legendary Route 66 icons, and a peek at the wild old west in historic Oatman
. The later alignment, bypassed Oatman, allowing travelers to move through more quickly via the Yucca Bypass.
Though the earlier route is more scenic, it travels through notorious Sitgreaves Pass
, once, the most intimidating portion of Route 66
, with its steep grades, narrow road, and sharp hairpin curves. Though regular vehicles should have no problem, visitors should be aware that the highway does not allow vehicles over 40 feet, so, if this is you, think about coming into Oatman from the south through Topock, an easier route. Another consideration for big rig RV’s or vehicles pulling trailers, is that parking is extremely limited in Oatman. Get there early or you will never find a place to accommodate your parking needs.