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Old 02-13-2019, 05:15 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon NP to Joshua Tree NP

Which route are there must things to see? If any...

Probably will stay at North Joshua Tree BLM.
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1-40 will take you through Williams with lots of fun things. Stay on 40 to Lake Havasu for the London Bridge. From there you’re only 3 hours from Joshua Tree.
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when? double check that joshua tree is open. i thought they had some floods and damage during the government shutdown and i thought they were at least temporarily or partially closed. but i am not sure. double check
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when? double check that joshua tree is open. i thought they had some floods and damage during the government shutdown and i thought they were at least temporarily or partially closed. but i am not sure. double check


Arrive May 10th... but that doesn’t matter.

I am asking for things to see or do on trip from Grand Canyon...
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Be sure to stop in Williams, Az, it was the last town on Route 66 to get bypassed by Interstate 40.
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Welcome to Arizona, AKA the Grand Canyon State!
Assuming that you might be coming in on I-40 from the East an interesting stop along the way is the Petrified Forest National Park. The Park headquarters and visitors center is right on the I-40 about 25 miles East of Holbrook, AZ.
After the Petrified Forest NP following Business I-40 or Route 66 will be an enjoyable little detour from all the truck traffic on I-40… and Holbrook is one of those int3rest little towns and the only one with one of the original Wigwam Motels nicely renovated and a perfect stop for a Kodak Moment…
Next on I-40 is Winslow, if you remember the Eagles “Take It Easy” with the lines "Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me." Then Winslow, Arizona is a definite stop on the corner where they have a park with that Flatbed Ford and several souvenir shops…Just a few blocks east of the Standing on the Corner Park is the La Posada Hotel.
If you enjoy a little fine dining the 5 Diamond La Posada Hotel has a restaurant that lives up to it reputation.. The Hotel and restaurant is in a beautifully restored hotel that served the Santa Fe Railroad for years… If you not inclined to enjoy a meal its still worth the time to just walk the hotel grounds and the public spaces….
Moving West a short side trip to Meteor is another interesting experience specially if you’re interested in science and nature….
Don’t forget to explore Flagstaff and if you’re interested in Indian Ruins a side trip to Walnut Canyon Indian Cliff Dwellings a few miles east is worth your time…And so is a detour along old 66 through Flagstaff…
After the Grand Canyon be sure to stop in Williams it has a several mile long Main Street that is historic as they get.
Moving west another stop would be Seligman, Arizona It’s the home the national Route 66 Association that was started in 1987 by the Angel Delgadillo the towns only barber. His Barber Shop and gift shop is a must visit…
Then if you are really adventuresome you can follow the longest stretch of the original Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman.. as it passes thorough little villages of Yampai, Nelson, Truxton, Crozier, Valentine, Hackberry and Hualapai the last wide spot in the road on your way to Kingman.
Another Sidetrip you might want to check out is OATMAN, Arizona still on your way to 29, and on the way make a quick stop at the Cool Springs Station on old 66….
Then finally in California on your way to 29 Palms take the I-40 exit #115 The National Trails Highway and follow old Route 66 to Amboy and then take California highway Ca Highway 62 to from Amboy to 29 Palms
When you in 29 the best place to eat is the 29 Palms Inn, it’s been there forever, small dining room but it’s worth the wait…
I’m a 4th generation native of Arizona and in the 70’s & 80 I managed several mines in the Amboy and 29 Palms area long before Joshua Tree became a National Park…
So any question I would sure be happy to try to come up with an answer for you… Safe Travels, Jim
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Be sure to stop in Williams, Az, it was the last town on Route 66 to get bypassed by Interstate 40.

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Welcome to Arizona, AKA the Grand Canyon State!

Assuming that you might be coming in on I-40 from the East an interesting stop along the way is the Petrified Forest National Park. The Park headquarters and visitors center is right on the I-40 about 25 miles East of Holbrook, AZ.

After the Petrified Forest NP following Business I-40 or Route 66 will be an enjoyable little detour from all the truck traffic on I-40… and Holbrook is one of those int3rest little towns and the only one with one of the original Wigwam Motels nicely renovated and a perfect stop for a Kodak Moment…

Next on I-40 is Winslow, if you remember the Eagles “Take It Easy” with the lines "Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me." Then Winslow, Arizona is a definite stop on the corner where they have a park with that Flatbed Ford and several souvenir shops…Just a few blocks east of the Standing on the Corner Park is the La Posada Hotel.

If you enjoy a little fine dining the 5 Diamond La Posada Hotel has a restaurant that lives up to it reputation.. The Hotel and restaurant is in a beautifully restored hotel that served the Santa Fe Railroad for years… If you not inclined to enjoy a meal its still worth the time to just walk the hotel grounds and the public spaces….

Moving West a short side trip to Meteor is another interesting experience specially if you’re interested in science and nature….

Don’t forget to explore Flagstaff and if you’re interested in Indian Ruins a side trip to Walnut Canyon Indian Cliff Dwellings a few miles east is worth your time…And so is a detour along old 66 through Flagstaff…

After the Grand Canyon be sure to stop in Williams it has a several mile long Main Street that is historic as they get.

Moving west another stop would be Seligman, Arizona It’s the home the national Route 66 Association that was started in 1987 by the Angel Delgadillo the towns only barber. His Barber Shop and gift shop is a must visit…

Then if you are really adventuresome you can follow the longest stretch of the original Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman.. as it passes thorough little villages of Yampai, Nelson, Truxton, Crozier, Valentine, Hackberry and Hualapai the last wide spot in the road on your way to Kingman.

Another Sidetrip you might want to check out is OATMAN, Arizona still on your way to 29, and on the way make a quick stop at the Cool Springs Station on old 66….

Then finally in California on your way to 29 Palms take the I-40 exit #115 The National Trails Highway and follow old Route 66 to Amboy and then take California highway Ca Highway 62 to from Amboy to 29 Palms

When you in 29 the best place to eat is the 29 Palms Inn, it’s been there forever, small dining room but it’s worth the wait…

I’m a 4th generation native of Arizona and in the 70’s & 80 I managed several mines in the Amboy and 29 Palms area long before Joshua Tree became a National Park…

So any question I would sure be happy to try to come up with an answer for you… Safe Travels, Jim


That is an awesome report and we will definitely have MANY side stops that you have suggested! Thanks...
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One other side trip that you ought to check out would be a day or two just an hour or so south of Flagstaff, Az in the Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona and the Verde Valley area.
Lots to do and see from the Ghost Towns of Jerome to the posh resorts around Sedona..
Could easily spend a week in this area alone... Be sure to get your reservations for your stay at the Grand Canyon as early as possible as the campgrounds can fill up quite early.
In Williams there is a National Forest Service Campground called Kaibab Lake, it just remodeled a couple of seasons ago and its really nice. All dry camping, but large spaces between campsites. It's just a few miles from town.....Weekends, the campground is nearly always full, mid week not so bad..
In Amboy, there is a cafe, motel and gas station called Roy's It's been there for fifty years. An old friend of mine owned the town back in the 60's and several years ago some wealthy restaurant guy bought the town so i'm not sure whats there, but at the very least it's a unique photo opportunity...
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If you're thinking of taking the RV through Oatman (Sitgreaves Pass) it is best done with the tow vehicle. There are 7-11% grades, extremely narrow, sharp switchbacks, long steep drop-offs, little shoulder, vertical rocks right at the edge of the road, rough surface. Otherwise, it's a nice drive!
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Your Absolutely right about Oatman Via Sitgreaves Pass, however in a 26 foot Mercedes Class C like Diane and Murray show as their rig, I think it would be a fairly easy trip if you just take your time and enjoy the adventure.
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