Take it all in
Locating and photographing wildflowers along the road is a seasonal activity, but they provide beautiful scenes in the Arizona Desert. You might find California poppies, desert primrose, globe mallow, daisies and verbena in bloom. Elevations are higher between Peach Springs and Ash Fork, and cooler temperatures translate to flowering cycles in late spring and summer. Monsoons often bear brilliant shows of sunflowers in August, September and October. Train watching on Route 66 is unlike anywhere else. The route follows the railroad tracks laid out in the 1880’s, so it’s no wonder there are so many places to pull off and watch today’s steel horses.
Bring your own or rent one, Route 66 between Kingman and Ash Fork is an RV friendly Highway. To go west, use Interstate 40, which follows the Route 66 alignment from 1952 to 1985.