Eastern Mojave Vegetation U. S. Highway 66 -- The National Trails Highway  
 

Tom Schweich  

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Victorville

 

Other articles: Interstate 15 at US Hwy 66  

Junction: US Interstate 15
  Junction: Air Expressway, access to Field Trip Stop P-6 of the 2010 Desert Symposium.

 

 

Other articles: Vista Road at Old US 66  

Helendale

Junction: Vista Road

Other articles: Unknown Road at Natl Trls Hwy  

Junction: Unknown Road, paralleling the railroad, while National Trails Highway veers east away from the tracks.

Other articles: Field Notes 21 Apr 2010
Full Size ImageRoad Junction; National Trails Highway and unknown road.  

 

Other articles: Unknown Road at Natl Trls Hwy  

Junction: Unknown Road, along the bluffs above the railroad, with access to Field Trip Stops P-4 and P-5.

Other articles: Field Notes 21 Apr 2010
Full Size ImageIndian Trail Road off of Old US Hwy 66  

 

Other articles: Indian Trail at US Hwy 66  

Junction: Indian Trail, turn here for access to Stops P-3, P-4, and P-5, of the 2010 Desert Symposium.

 

   

Hodge

 

Other articles: Hinkley Road at US Hwy 66  

Junction: Hinkley Road
  Junction: Oak Grove Rd, turn northwest for Stop P-2 of the 2010 Desert Symposium.
  Inside the Barstow City Limits, below, National Trails Highway is also known as Main Street,

Other articles: California Highway 58 at Main St  

Junction: California Highway 58
  Junction: Osborne Road, dirt.

About 0.35 miles east of California Highway 58, turn south off of Main Street and follow a dirt road to the top of a small hill

Field Trip Stop P-1 of the 2010 Desert Symposium.

  Junction: South 1st Avenue

 

   

Barstow

There is a little offset between South and North 1st Avenues.

Other articles: North 1st Avenue at Main St  

Junction: North 1st Avenue, north across the railroad yards, past the Barstow Depot, to Old California Highway 58.

Other articles: Interstate 15 at Main St  

Junction: US Interstate 15

 

 

Other articles: A Street at Natl Trls Hwy Daggett-Yermo Road at Natl Trls Hwy  

Daggett

Junction: Daggett-Yermo Road and A Street

Other articles: Minneola Road at Natl Trls Hwy  

Junction: Minneola Road

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Natl Trls Hwy  

Junction: US Interstate 40

Other articles: Newberry Road at National Trails Hwy  

Junction: Newberry Road

 

 

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Ludlow

Locations: Ludlow.
Full Size ImageLudlow Café  

Ludlow

A couple of gas stations and a café. This might be the last gas station until Needles, because gas at Amboy is always doubtful, no gas at Essex, and gas at Fenner or Goffs is questionable.

Junction: US Interstate 40

Other articles: Field Notes 20040419060
Full Size ImageA Santa Fe train makes it way west from Bagdad to Siberia.  

 

 

 

Locations: Bagdad.  

Bagdad

Bagdad is now just a railroad siding on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Other articles: Amboy Road at US Hwy 66  

Junction: Amboy Road, south through Sheephole Pass to Dale and Twentynine Palms.
  Cross Burlington Northern Santa Fee railroad tracks.

Literature Cited:
- Reynolds, Robert E., 2008.

Other articles: Field Notes 19-Apr-08

Locations: Amboy.  

Full Size Image
Bristol Basin from north slope
End of the road at field trip stop.

Other articles: Field Notes 19-Apr-08
Full Size ImageBouse Formation near Amboy  

View of outcrop of Bouse Formation.

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes 20040419070

Locations: Amboy.
Full Size ImageRoy's Café in Amboy  

Amboy

Road junction with former restaurant, motel, and gas station. Services available are unreliable.

Locations: Bristol Lake.  

Bristol (Dry) Lake
  Junction: Saltus Road

Other articles: Kelbaker Road National Trails Highway  

Junction: Kelbaker Road

Kelbaker Road goes north between the Granite Mountains and the Providence Mountains, through Kelso, and then through the Cima Volcanic Field to Baker.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040419080
Full Size ImageThe "Shoe Tree" between Amboy and Chambless  

 

 

 

Other articles: Cadiz Road at US Hwy 66

Locations: Chambless.  

Chambless

Trailer park, gas station, and small grocery store. Thompson (1921) does not mention Chambless.

Junction:

  • Cadiz Road, southeastward to California Highway 62 at Rice.

Other articles: Routes to Water at US Hwy 66  

About 1.2 miles east of Chambless, a small road heads southeast toward Cadiz.

Junction:

  • National Old Trails Road to Kilbeck by way of Cadiz, from Thompson's (1921) Routes to Desert Watering Places.
  Cadiz Summit.

Other articles: Routes to Water at Danby

Locations: Danby.  

1.7 miles southeast is the railroad station of Danby. Danby is the beginning location of Thompson's (1921) route from Danby to Parker. Thompson stated that it was 0.6 mi. from National Old Trails Road to Danby. US Highway 66 has probably been relocated about a mile to the northwest. The old (1921-era) alignment of National Old Trails Road is shown on USGS 7.5" quadrangles and visible on equivalent orthophoto quads.

Junction:

  • Danby, Calif., to Parker, Ariz., by way of Kilbeck and Rice (90 miles)

 

 

Other articles: Essex Road at Essex Field Notes 20040419090

Locations: Essex.
Full Size ImageThe Essex Post Office  

Essex

Small town and railroad siding on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Southern end of Essex Road, which is one southern gateway into Mojave National Preserve.

Junction: Essex Road, northwest to US Interstate 40 and Mojave National Preserve.

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Thompson, David G., 1921.

Other articles: Goffs Road at Old US 66 U. S. Interstate 40 at Fenner Routes to Water at Fenner at Fenner

Locations: Fenner.  

Fenner

Wide spot in the road, sometimes with gas.

Junction:

  • Cima to Fenner, from Thompson's (1921), Routes to Watering Places …
  • Domingo's Ranch to Fenner, from Thompson's (1921), Routes to Watering Places …
  • Goffs Road, to Fenner and Goffs in what would appear to be a natural extension of National Trails Highway.
  • US Interstate 40, east to Needles, west to Ludlow and Barstow.

 

 

Other articles: Lanfair Road at Goffs Routes to Water in Goffs

Locations: Goffs.  

Goffs

 
  California above …
Arizona below …

In Arizona, this highway is known as Arizona Highway 66.

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Topock  

Junction: US Interstate 40

Other articles: Field Notes on old Hwy 66
Full Size ImageView of Mohave Valley to the southwest  

View southeast toward Needles and Mohave Valley.

Other articles: Field Notes on old Hwy 66
Full Size ImageBoundary Cone along Old US Highway 66  

Boundry Cone ahead on Old US Highway 66.

Other articles: Field Notes near Boundary Code
Full Size ImageTeddy-Bear Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii) near Boundary Cone  

Teddy-Bear Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii) is found at several places along Old US Highway 66.

Locations: Boundary Cone.  

Old US Highway 66 snakes around the west side of Boundary Cone.

Other articles: Field Notes near Oatman
Full Size ImageBurro near Oatman, Arizona  

 

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes at Oatman

Locations: Oatman.
Full Size ImageMain street of Oatman, Arizona.  

Oatman

 

Other articles: Field Notes near Oatman

Locations: Goldroad Mine.
Full Size ImageGoldroad Mine  

 

Other articles: Field Notes above Goldroad Mine
Full Size ImageOld US Highway 66  

 

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes at Sitgreaves Pass

Locations: Sitgreaves Pass.
Full Size ImageView east from Sitgreaves Pass  

Sitgreaves Pass

 

Other articles: Field Notes along Old US Hwy 66
Full Size ImageBeargrass (Nolina) along Old Highway 66  

 

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Exit 53  

Junction: US Interstate 40, at Exit 53, in northeast Kingman.

Other articles: Field Notes 20080530030

Locations: Hualapai Mountains.
Full Size ImageHualapai Mountain from Old US Highway 66  

View of Hualapai Mountain to the south.

 

   

Walapai

 

 

   

Antares

 

 

   

Hackberry

 

 

   

Valentine

 

 

   

Truxton

 
  Junction: Indian Reservation Road 9
 
Hualapai Indian Reservation below …

Other articles: Indian Reservation Road 1 at AZ Hwy 66 Field Notes 20080530040 Frasera albomarginata in the Music Mtns
Full Size ImageBuck and Doe Road from US Highway 66  

Junction: Indian Reservation Road 1, "Buck and Doe Road", generally north along the southwest rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes 20080530050 Eastern Mojave Geology 400000

Locations: Peach Springs.
Full Size ImageDowntown Peach Springs  

Peach Springs

 
  Junction: Indian Reservation Road 18
  Hualapai Indian Reservation above …

 

   

Grand Canyon Caverns

 

 

   

Hyde Park

 

 

   

Seligman

 

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Exit 121  

Junction: US Interstate 40, at Exit 121

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Exit 123  

Junction: US Interstate 40, at Exit 123

 

   

Crookton

 

Other articles: U. S. Interstate 40 at Exit 139  

Junction: US Interstate 40, at Exit 139
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