Flagstaff and the surrounding area can be
thought of as a "sky island." It's a few hundred square miles of
forested mountains and high plateau surrounded by desert.
In summer the deserts are hot, and in winter
these mountains receive their share of snow and ice.
When traveling by highway it's always a good
idea to have a Good Sam Club or AAA membership in case of mechanical problems.
If you're coming from California the best way is east on Interstate 40. You
will travel through desert terrain in both California and Western Arizona. I-40
is the interstate version of the most famous highway in the world... Route
I-40 does not replace or even parallel Route
66 in Flagstaff. If you want to experience Route 66, you must go into town.
There you will find interesting sights and
events. On some summer mornings you can stand on Route 66 and view a car show
that fills many of the side streets.
Coming from points east by way of New
Mexico, you’ll be traveling west on I-40. You'll travel through some high
desert country, and along the southern boundary of the Navajo Nation.
It's a little harder to get here from the
north. You'll travel south from Utah, or southwest from Four Corners, through
the Navajo Nation. Either way it's desert.
Coming from Phoenix and points South, you're
already in the desert, headed north to the cool country!
Precaution travel... through the
desert, vehicle tires belts and hoses need to be in good repair. It's also a
good idea to carry several gallons of extra water.
Precaution travel through the
mountains... occasionally during the winters snow chains may be needed in the
South of Flagstaff area. In the spring, winds can sometimes be a hazard to high
So there you have my advice on precaution
travel to... and through, the South of Flagstaff area. Come on over.
Learn more about the "Mother Road"
by searching Google using the words flagstaff + route 66.
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