10 Amazing Gems Along Route 66 You Will Regret Missing

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Sitgreaves Pass

Up high in the Black Mountains of Arizona, you can find the Sitgreaves Pass. A beautiful mountain pass with splendid views that will steal your breath away and it is definitely a great stop on our road trip. The road up to the summit, Oatman Road, is completely paved, so you do not have to worry about banging up your car. And, it’s also just 22 miles long, making it a breezy drive.

You can admire the road that was used centuries ago by Native Americans, miners, outlaws, Spanish explorers, and homesteaders. Upon the top of the summit, if you look to the west side you can see the remnants of the Gold road Ghost Town, standing been the current activity of the Gold Road Mine.

If you look around closely you can find the Gold road Cemetery as well and if you want to explore a bit on the north side you can see a rock stairway that will lead you to the “Shaffer Fish Bowl”: the natural spring now hosts a myriad of goldfish that were brought there by a traveler a long time ago. Just be careful not the scare them, as they seem to assimilate any shadow with birds out to get them.

The pass is an amazing place to visit while on your Route 66 journey, so if you have the time you should definitely go pay it a visit. Just be careful up the road, as even if it is paved, it does not have a lot of guard rails and even a little bit of error can end up in a tragedy.

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9 thoughts on “10 Amazing Gems Along Route 66 You Will Regret Missing”

  1. Rolfe Jaremus

    Silvana has written an interesting article however the list of site ms to see is in a jumbled order. It would be more useful to a traveler to list these sites in trip order especially since you actually “start” in Grant Park. Thanks

  2. As I kept going from place on Route 66, I was certain Chloride, Arizona would surely be noted. It’s okey though because last I heard and saw, Chloride residents were perfectly satisfied with their quiet surroundings. My Grandma married William Epperson, a cowboy and well respected Deputy Sheriff in Cloride. I spent several summers there and even attended class in the school house. My Aunt served breakfast at the local bar before the work day began. Every day a donkey came through the swinging doors, up to the counter for his morning ritual, a stack of pancakes.

    So here I am, in my glory, reminiscing and thanking my wonderful Parents who wanted me to see the other side of glamour and glitz of the big cities in California where I was born 84 years ago.

    1. Hi Marilyn. Exactly my thoughts. I have been to Oatman many, many times as it is not too far from where I live, and I always find something fun, and historical about it. It’s a great place to visit, and there is quite a lot of history behind it. I still go there from time to time, and I never tire of it. It should have definitely been one of the stops on this list.

  3. If you want to live to make the rest of the trip, skip the ‘original rt 66’ sign in Chicago. Besides, it’s not an original sign anyhow, it’s a sign from AFTER 66 became ‘history’.

  4. Yes I drove that road when it was the main road. Stationed at the Marine base at Barstow Ca. Drove it every day and went to San Bernardino Ca to all the way to Texas on my way home prior to going over seas. Also drove it to get to the cut off to Big Bear in the mountains. Maybe put 2509 to 3000 miles on that road in the mid 1957 to mid 1958 .

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