Route 66 Alignment & Exhibit

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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Route 66 was commissioned in 1926, creating a road that took travelers all the way from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. As the journey traversed northeastern Arizona the road wound right through what is now Petrified Forest National Park. Route 66 here was closed down in 1958 and the road was decommissioned altogether in 1985. The Petrified Forest was named a national park in 1962.

In 2006 a new pull-out and monument was added inside Petrified Forest National Park to celebrate this area’s claim to fame of being the only National Park to contain an actual stretch of Route 66 (The Grand Canyon and Gateway Arch are both popular stops on a Route 66 road trip, though neither is directly on Route 66).

The highlight of the Route 66 Alignment & Exhibit is the 1932 Studebaker that stands purposefully abandoned on the side of the road. It was donated to the National Park Service by Frank and Rhonda Dobell of the Arizona Automotive Service of Holbrook, Arizona. You will also find a chrome car-themed bench, an informational sign, and a row of historic telephone poles that mark the original Route 66 alignment.

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Route 66 Alignment at Petrified Forest National Park on Arizona Route 66

Route 66 Alignment & Exhibit

Address:
Petrified Forest Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028, USA

Hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm, Daily

Cost:
$25 (Private Vehicle), $15 (Per Person), $20 (Per Motorcycle)

Phone Number:
(928) 524-6228

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Route 66 Alignment at Petrified Forest National Park on Arizona Route 66
Route 66 Alignment at Petrified Forest National Park on Arizona Route 66
Route 66 Alignment at Petrified Forest National Park on Arizona Route 66

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To make the most of your visit to the Route 66 Alignment & Exhibit in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

Where to Stay Near the Route 66 Alignment & Exhibit

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Route 66 motels in Arizona or New Mexico.

Wigwam Motel

Have you slept in a Wigwam lately? Seven Wigwam Motels were built in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, only three remain, including two on Route 66. Each motel room in the Holbrook Wigwam Motel is in an individual building shaped like a teepee. Spend the night in this motel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the inspiration for Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel in the Pixar movie Cars.

La Posada Hotel

La Posada in Winslow, Arizona offers a four-star experience that can’t be beat. The 1930 hotel was created by architect Mary Colter, hotelier Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway. It was the last great railway hotel built in America and the finest historic hotel on Route 66. Over the years it has served an impressive roster of celebrity guests, from James Cagney to Franklin D. Roosevelt to Amelia Earhart to John Wayne. Book a room and a reservation at The Turquoise Room, one of the finest restaurants in the southwest.

Historic El Rancho Hotel

One of the best motels on Route 66 is the Historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico. Sleep where the stars have at this 1940s hotel that has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars and makers, including Robert Mitchum, Elia Kazan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, William Holden, Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Troy Donahue, and more. Photos of the stars are peppered throughout the intricately designed property and each room is themed with a star’s photo and information.

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