Ultimate Route 66 Guided Tour

Ride the best-preserved 156-mile stretch of the original Route 66.

The State of Arizona dedicated old U.S. Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman as a Historic Route which assured the preservation of the longest undisturbed stretch of Old Route 66 in the United States.

Here in the heart of cattle ranch country, Old RT 66 makes its way through Seligman, Peach Springs, Truxton, Crozier Canyon, Valentine, Hackberry to Kingman.  

On this part of 66 the heartbeat of Mother Road truly begins. You can feel the real history here—the horse paths of the Havasupai, Kaibab Paiute, and Hualapai tribes, and the wagon train two-tracks of settlers forging Westward. To the left are railroad tracks that carried people and goods to the Pacific Coast.

Kingman is the official end of the 156-mile route and is punctuated with what may be the finest RT 66 museum of them all. It’s here you can get in line for the Kingman Route 66 drive-thru photo opportunity!

** BONUS ** PDF KEEPSAKE OF YOUR TOUR with Your Groups Photos.
AS DEPICTED IN AMERICAN RIDER, QUICK THROTTLE MAGAZINE and THUNDER PRESS

Follow along the best Route 66

Take the route we did that made the cover

Option ride we did in this magazine

Option ride we did in this magazine

One Day Route 66 tour

This guided tour is roughly 9-10 hours and is over 400 miles long! We highly recommend looking at the 2 day option below.

Not only will you get to see the best-preserved 156-mile stretch of the original Route 66 you will have a guide that will be sure to show you the best parts. 

The coolest thing though is you get to take home a Magazine Article PDF of your trip! Just like what was published in the National Motorcycle Magazine American Rider. This article was written by Gary Mraz and will be a keepsake of your trip on Route 66.

This all day ride is just $250 per bike with a 2 bike minimum.

Route starts in Sedona and goes to Williams then on to Seligman area  and then to Kingman.

 On the way back you have the option to take the loop that EagleRider Sedona was featured in Quick Throttle Magazine or head straight back to save time.

THAT'S A LOT OF RIDING!!!!!

We Highly Recommend Making it a Two Day Trip With One of These Options

Option 1

Prescott Loop Featured in 2 National Magazines

Take the route home that EagleRider Sedona was published in QuickThrottle & Thunder Press (Now American Rider) Magazine.

Hotel accommodations ON Route 66 in Kingman provided.

This route will loop down and around for some great riding and some of the most incredible scenery. I mean it was published in a National Motorcycle Magazine and All and is one of my favorite rides. Plus we will have time to visit Oatman!

This is roughly a 4-6 hour ride.

*Bonus PDF keepsake article with your group like written about in the Quick Throttle Magazine

Additional $250 per bike with a 2 bike minimum.

Option 2

Sedona Easy Rider, Route 66, Grand Canyon Ride Tour
Featured in National Magazine

Haven’t seen the Grand Canyon then this is the option you might want to consider. If you have been to the canyon then I do not recommend this option. 

This route takes us up to the South Rim and Down and out through the East Entrance. Down through Flagstaff and back into Sedona.

Your park fees are included. 

Hotel accommodations ON Route 66 in Kingman are included.

This is roughly a 6-7 hour ride.

*Bonus PDF keepsake article with your group like written about in the Quick Throttle Magazine

 

Highway into the desert in Arches National Park Utah USA

Additional $350 per bike with a 2 bike minimum.

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The Folklore, The Forlorn, and the Future

Of the Best-Preserved 156-Mile Stretch of Route 66

Story & Photos by Koz Mraz for EagleRider Sedona

The Folklore

Small towns are forgotten, their roads forlorn, disappearing in disrepair. All that remains are faded memories and fanciful folklore. Romanticized by Hollywood, the reality of Route 66 is a harsher reality. The tattered remnants of Route 66 through Bellemont Arizona are a naked reminder of the Oakie’s escape from the Dust Bowl.  Bellemont is also home to the Pine Breeze Inn, (Richfield gas station), the first location shot in the movie Easy Rider. It was here the neon “Vacancy” sign switched to “No Vacancy,” and Billy and Wyatt were denied a room their first night. This ride will have a better ending.

60 miles west of the Pine Breeze Inn is the best-preserved 156-mile stretch of the original Route 66. The State of Arizona dedicated old U.S. Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman as a Historic Route which assured the preservation of the longest undisturbed stretch of Old Route 66 in the United States. Here in the heart of cattle ranch country, Old RT 66 makes its way through Seligman, Peach Springs, Truxton, Crozier Canyon, Valentine, Hackberry, and Kingman and, ends just past Oatman in Topock. 

Heading west from Bellemont on Interstate 40, my first stop is Williams “Gateway to The Grand Canyon” and home to the Grand Canyon Railway. Its trains carry over a hundred thousand people a year to the big ditch and back. Like most tourist towns, everything is a gift shop. With Williams, being in the crosshairs of RT 66 and the Grand Canyon, ‘souvenirism’ here is dialed to 11.  

Wired Famous Sultana bar - Route 66
You may need a souvenir drink
You may have a souvenir Elvis sighting
You may end up in Souvenir jail

We wont’t get fooled again. There is a RT 66 sign at the Ash Fork off-ramp just past Williams but
it’s only a 2-mile stretch that dead-ends to a dirt road. A bold attempt to capitalize on those
addicted to 66, there is nothing noteworthy here, besides a $29 a night motel, which sounds a
bit too unpromising.

 

Stay on I-40 and get off at Seligman; this is where the Route 66 fix begins. Lunching at the Roadkill Café and the OK Saloon is highly recommended. Their motto, “You Kill It, We Grill It” is evidenced by the vast collection of stuffed fish, fowl, and wild animals on display. You’ll need to shift gears to decode the cheeky menu. Options include Deer Delectables, Bad-Brake Steak, Fender Tenders, Caddie-Grilled Patty, Splatter Platter, Swirl of Squirrel, and Highway Hash.

Back on 66 West, the heartbeat of Mother Road mythology truly begins. Blatant profiteering
evaporates, and the experience that blooms before you is pure Americana. You can feel the real
history here—the horse paths of the Havasupai, Kaibab Paiute, and Hualapai tribes, and the
wagon train two-tracks of settlers forging Westward. To the left are railroad tracks that carried
people and goods to the Pacific Coast. The road you now ride, at one time, offered Dust Bowl
refugees hope as they escaped the ruined farmlands of the Great Plains. Their travels through
Arizona were largely detailed in John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, published in
1939.

The road is fairly maintained, it’s a bumpy ride at speed, filled with tar snakes, but no major
potholes. You’ll love that both sides of the road are peppered with vintage, iconic “Burma
Shave” road signs insets. They’re filled with sayings like:

It’s best for…one who hits…the bottle…to let another…use the throttle…Burma-Shave

Peach Springs passes through the Hualapai Nation Reservation which encompasses one million
acres of reservation land. I suggest a visit to the Peach Springs Cultural Center for insight into
who lived here long before there were railroads or RT 66—the ones who rightfully own this
land to this day.

Peach Springs is also home to the Grand Canyon Caverns. Discovered in 1927, it is the largest
limestone dry cavern in the US, located 210 feet below the surface. Visitors take an elevator 21
stories underground into the caverns where guides tour you through many rooms throughout
the massive caverns. Because the caverns are so deep underground, the temperature is always
56° with zero humidity.

In 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. government stashed enough food and water
rations to support 2,000 people for up to two weeks. These supplies remain there today and
can be seen by visitors who tour the caverns.

You can stay the night in the Cavern Suite for only $1,000.00 a night per couple. Or, that same
grand can set you up for a more than a month at the afore-mentioned, Ash Fork Inn!

The Forlorn

Truxton (population 85), Crozier (population 80), and Valentine (population 43) passed so
quickly that I don’t recall anything there. The Hackberry General Store is a RT 66 roadside
attraction. This General Store generally sells only RT 66 souvenirs, no food, and no gas. Why
these roadside attractions think old broken-down rusted cars are cool is beyond me.

Kingman is the official end of the 156-mile route and is punctuated with what may be the finest
RT 66 museum of them all, and there are many. Eleven official Route 66 museums are littered
along the 2,448 miles of RT 66. Dozens of “unauthorized” RT 66 museum signs are nailed to
barn doors, and yes, they’re filled with rusted old cars. It’s here you can get in line for the
Kingman Route 66 drive-thru photo opportunity!

The Folklore, The Forlorn, and the Future

Of the Best-Preserved 156-Mile Stretch of Route 66

Story & Photos by Koz Mraz for EagleRider Sedona

The Folklore

Small towns are forgotten, their roads forlorn, disappearing in disrepair. All that remains are faded memories and fanciful folklore. Romanticized by Hollywood, the reality of Route 66 is a harsher reality. The tattered remnants of Route 66 through Bellemont Arizona are a naked reminder of the Oakie’s escape from the Dust Bowl.  Bellemont is also home to the Pine Breeze Inn, (Richfield gas station), the first location shot in the movie Easy Rider. It was here the neon “Vacancy” sign switched to “No Vacancy,” and Billy and Wyatt were denied a room their first night. This ride will have a better ending.

60 miles west of the Pine Breeze Inn is the best-preserved 156-mile stretch of the original Route 66. The State of Arizona dedicated old U.S. Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman as a Historic Route which assured the preservation of the longest undisturbed stretch of Old Route 66 in the United States. Here in the heart of cattle ranch country, Old RT 66 makes its way through Seligman, Peach Springs, Truxton, Crozier Canyon, Valentine, Hackberry, and Kingman and, ends just past Oatman in Topock. 

Heading west from Bellemont on Interstate 40, my first stop is Williams “Gateway to The Grand Canyon” and home to the Grand Canyon Railway. Its trains carry over a hundred thousand people a year to the big ditch and back. Like most tourist towns, everything is a gift shop. With Williams, being in the crosshairs of RT 66 and the Grand Canyon, ‘souvenirism’ here is dialed to 11.  

Wired Famous Sultana bar - Route 66
You may need a souvenir drink
You may have a souvenir Elvis sighting
You may end up in Souvenir jail

We wont’t get fooled again. There is a RT 66 sign at the Ash Fork off-ramp just past Williams but
it’s only a 2-mile stretch that dead-ends to a dirt road. A bold attempt to capitalize on those
addicted to 66, there is nothing noteworthy here, besides a $29 a night motel, which sounds a
bit too unpromising.

 

Stay on I-40 and get off at Seligman; this is where the Route 66 fix begins. Lunching at the Roadkill Café and the OK Saloon is highly recommended. Their motto, “You Kill It, We Grill It” is evidenced by the vast collection of stuffed fish, fowl, and wild animals on display. You’ll need to shift gears to decode the cheeky menu. Options include Deer Delectables, Bad-Brake Steak, Fender Tenders, Caddie-Grilled Patty, Splatter Platter, Swirl of Squirrel, and Highway Hash.

Back on 66 West, the heartbeat of Mother Road mythology truly begins. Blatant profiteering
evaporates, and the experience that blooms before you is pure Americana. You can feel the real
history here—the horse paths of the Havasupai, Kaibab Paiute, and Hualapai tribes, and the
wagon train two-tracks of settlers forging Westward. To the left are railroad tracks that carried
people and goods to the Pacific Coast. The road you now ride, at one time, offered Dust Bowl
refugees hope as they escaped the ruined farmlands of the Great Plains. Their travels through
Arizona were largely detailed in John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, published in
1939.

The road is fairly maintained, it’s a bumpy ride at speed, filled with tar snakes, but no major
potholes. You’ll love that both sides of the road are peppered with vintage, iconic “Burma
Shave” road signs insets. They’re filled with sayings like:

It’s best for…one who hits…the bottle…to let another…use the throttle…Burma-Shave

Peach Springs passes through the Hualapai Nation Reservation which encompasses one million
acres of reservation land. I suggest a visit to the Peach Springs Cultural Center for insight into
who lived here long before there were railroads or RT 66—the ones who rightfully own this
land to this day.

Peach Springs is also home to the Grand Canyon Caverns. Discovered in 1927, it is the largest
limestone dry cavern in the US, located 210 feet below the surface. Visitors take an elevator 21
stories underground into the caverns where guides tour you through many rooms throughout
the massive caverns. Because the caverns are so deep underground, the temperature is always
56° with zero humidity.

In 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. government stashed enough food and water
rations to support 2,000 people for up to two weeks. These supplies remain there today and
can be seen by visitors who tour the caverns.

You can stay the night in the Cavern Suite for only $1,000.00 a night per couple. Or, that same
grand can set you up for a more than a month at the afore-mentioned, Ash Fork Inn!

The Forlorn

Truxton (population 85), Crozier (population 80), and Valentine (population 43) passed so
quickly that I don’t recall anything there. The Hackberry General Store is a RT 66 roadside
attraction. This General Store generally sells only RT 66 souvenirs, no food, and no gas. Why
these roadside attractions think old broken-down rusted cars are cool is beyond me.

Kingman is the official end of the 156-mile route and is punctuated with what may be the finest
RT 66 museum of them all, and there are many. Eleven official Route 66 museums are littered
along the 2,448 miles of RT 66. Dozens of “unauthorized” RT 66 museum signs are nailed to
barn doors, and yes, they’re filled with rusted old cars. It’s here you can get in line for the
Kingman Route 66 drive-thru photo opportunity!

Destination Oatmeal: This is where the official road ends, Old 66 begins, and the ride really gets exciting! Take an immediate left leaving the museum onto West Historic RT 66. Take a hard right under the 40 freeway then a hard left onto Oatman Highway. This part of Old 66 twists and turns its way up to Oatman.  You’ll encounter 10mph twisties and the sign reading “Beware of Burros” is to be taken seriously. Hundreds of wild asses roam these mountains and the streets of Oatman. The views here are spectacular with only one safe turnout to grab a photo.

The town is named after Olive Oatman who was captured by Indians in the Arizona Territory.
She spent five years with the Mohave tribe before being returned to American society and was
famous for the facial tattoos she received while in captivity.

This small mining town was established in 1881. When the mines were abandoned, so were the
donkeys. Oatman was more fortunate than most as it was located on Route 66. Clark Gable and
Carole Lombard stopped there during their 1939 honeymoon. Gable fell in love with the town
and returned frequently to play cards with the locals. The Oatman Hotel Restaurant and Saloon
is papered wall to wall with thousands of dollar bills. The upstairs rooms are a gift shop, but the
Gable-Lombard Honeymoon Suite is available to view.

Burros sniffing out my lunch in the saddlebags
Clark and Carol's romantic honeymoon suite

With scheduled faux gunfights at noon and 2pm and wild burros roaming the streets, this is the
real deal. It’s no Hollywood set, these hotels and stores were built here in the late 1800’s and
somehow, they survived fires, flash floods, and gunfights. At 6pm this place literally becomes a
ghost town. Everything closes; there are no hotels…and you surely don’t want to get caught on
the mountain at night dodging wild donkeys.