DesertUSA's Guide to Route 66

Oatman on Route 66

Road Trip into the Old West

Built in the 1920s, Route 66 ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. More...

Route 66

Day Trip on Rt 66

Just north of Joshua Tree NP lies a part of the National Trails Highway (aka Route 66). More...

Bagdad Cafe

Bagdad Cafe

The odd cafe is a landmark location on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, California. More...

Waitress at Summit Inn on Route 66

Time Traveler

Finding good food while getting your kicks on Route 66 is not a problem. More...

Pumpkin Patch

Guardian Lions on Route 66

Two enormous white marble foo dogs can be found positioned enigmatically along Route 66, just east of Amboy, CA. More...

Road trip on Route 66

Exploring Route 66, Amboy and More

Amazing vistas of Bristol Dry Lake, Amboy and the Mojave Desert. More...

Route 66 Motel

Road Adventure on Route 66

I wanted to see for myself how the old, signature mom-and-pop "tourist courts" were doing along Route 66. More...


Ludlow for Lunch

Ludlow is one of my favorite desert haunts — even if it is 50 miles away in the middle of nowhere. More...

Route 66 Murals in Barstow

Barstow Murals

“Route 66 has always been for dreamers. That’s how Main Street Murals got started.” More...

Camp Essex

Gen Patton's Troops at Roy's Cafe?

Most Mojave Desert residents have heard the General Patton legends. More...

Cadiz Summit in 1948

Cadiz Summit Then and Now

Cadiz Summit was a desert oasis comprised of a gas station, cafe, ice house and some tourist cabins. More...

Cadiz Wilderness

Mojave Trails Natl Monument

Route 66 connects to the I-40 near Ludlow and runs through the monument, providing access to 103 miles of scenic areas. More...

Near Mojave National Preserve


Historic Route 66: Goffs, CA

My journey began in Palm Springs. I passed through Amboy on Rt 66 and crossed the Needles Fwy (40) before reaching the small town of Goffs. More...

Goffs Railway Depot Library

The Goffs Railway Depot on Rt 66

The Mojave Desert Archives Library was built in the image of the historic Goffs Railway Depot. More...

Restored Schoolhouse in Goffs

Goffs Historic Schoolhouse

In 1914 Goffs Schoolhouse was built on an acre donated by a homesteader. It was larger than most schools in isolated desert areas. More...

Amboy Crater

Amboy and the Amboy Crater

It rises above a labyrinthine lava field, a striking anomaly of black rock in the earth-toned desert. More...

Western Museums

Gems: Western Museums

What does the Mojave Desert and outlying areas offer us in the way of historical and natural museums? More...

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater - Old Route 66

This 250-foot-high crater is roughly 6,000 years old and one of the best examples in the Mojave Desert of a volcanic cinder cone. More...

Bristol Dry Lake

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Sunlight pours through thousands of jewel-toned glass bottles: Royal blue, root-beer brown, emerald green. More...

Bristol Dry Lake

Bristol Dry Lake

Bristol Lake is a dry lake bed in the desert near the Mojave National Preserve. The surface of the playa lake is composed of sand, clay, and gypsum. More...

Route 66 in Arizona, Texas & New Mexico


Oatman, AZ

Oatman is an authentic old western town with burros roaming the streets and gunfights staged on weekends. More...

Holbrook, AZ

Holbrook, AZ

In Holbrook you can visit the real west where tumbleweed still blows into town off the desert. More...

Standing on the Corner in Winslow AZ

Winslow, AZ

Route 66 was once the east-west route through Winslow until I-40 replaced it. More...


Chloride, AZ

Chloride has been served by both stage coaches and trains during its colorful history. More...

Wild Burros in Oatman

Oatman's Wild Burros

Oatman's wild burros come into the town for carrots during the day and head to the hills at night. More...

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch on Rt 66

Route 66 is notorious in part for its nostalgic charm and unique roadside memorabilia. More...


Albuquerque, NM

In 1937, Route 66 was straightened, running right along Albuquerque's Central Avenue. More...

Cave in Gallup, NM

Gallup, NM

Gallup lies on Interstate 40 (Historic Route 66), 139 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of the Arizona border. More...


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