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12 views along Route 66 between Kingman and Williams.
The main towns with hotels in this part of Route 66 are Kingman, Williams and Flagstaff.
Hualapai Valley and the Grand Wash Cliffs
For 20 miles past the nice old town of Truxton, Route 66 runs through the south edge of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, which occupies a large area of virtually roadless land south of the Colorado River. Peach Springs is the tribal headquarters for the reservation - a small settlement but with houses quite widely dispersed over a flat valley. The area is dusty and often very hot in summer. A 23 mile unpaved track leaves from the north edge of town and descends along Peach Springs Canyon, a very scenic ravine that ends at a beach next to the Colorado, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Another track into the reservation backcountry is the Buck and Doe Road, reaching the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk, and many other much more tranquil places such as Hindu Canyon and Meriwhitica Canyon. Just east of Peach Springs, a third (paved) turn-off leads across a uninhabited, forested landscape of rolling hills to Havasu Canyon, just one of the countless branches of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Caverns
The Grand Canyon Caverns are a located short distance south of Route 66, 12 miles east of Peach Springs, however they have no real connection with the canyon. The limestone caves may be toured by an underground trail, reached by an elevator, that has close-up views of various formations. As with much of this part of the old route, the land at either side is fenced off, but there are occasional stopping places suitable for primitive camping.
Continuing east, the distinctive, straight escarpment of the Aubrey Cliffs gradually approaches Route 66 from the north, coming closest near Seligman; an atmospheric town of a few hundred inhabitants, with old cars rusting at the side of the street, small ponies tethered to railings, Harley motorcycles parked outside the bars, and only a few tourist gift shops. The cliffs are over 1,000 feet high and extend for 65 miles towards the Colorado River. I-40 can be rejoined at Seligman (exits 121 and 123), though Route 66 continues for 18 more miles, parallel to the interstate but far enough away still to be quiet and peaceful, passing over land that is partly covered by ancient overgrown lava, this being at the edge of the great San Francisco volcanic field that extends all the way to Flagstaff.
The original road peters out either side of Williams; Flagstaff has the next significant surviving section of Route 66, a 16 mile stretch that forms the main street through the north of town, beside the railway. For the next 200 miles east across Arizona only short parts remain, through several small towns such as Winslow, Joseph City and Holbrook; no longer sections are found until Gallup in New Mexico.
Map of Route 66 in Arizona
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