Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66 The Powerhouse Museum,considered one of the best in the country, is one of the hidden treasures of Arizona and takes you back in time when the automobile was king. It is conveniently located anoff of Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for "Route 66 and Beyond". Kingman Powerhouse Visitor Center: 7 days a week; 8 AM - 5 PM The Powerhouse Rt 66 Museum opens daily at 9 AM, last tours admitted at 4:30 PM
Oatman was born in 1906 as a tent camp, flourished as a gold mining center, then was stricken a near fatal blow in 1942 when Congress declared that gold mining was no longer essential to the war effort. Oatman now receives throngs of visitors drawn by its history as a gold mining center, which produced over 36 million dollars in gold at 1930 prices. The breathtaking scenery has been the main reason for movie makers to choose the area for making such films as "How the West Was Won", "Foxfire", "Edge of Eternity" as well as others. Oatman merchants take pride in keeping their town as authentic as possible. Many shops are open year-round. At any time people may enjoy the majestic scenery and see the wild burros which abound in the area.
Visit a place 21 stores deep in the earth...a place of our ancient past. See 3 million year old marine fossils...a replica of a giant ground sloth extinct for 20,000 years and the remains of a mummified bobcat. Guided walking tours take approximately 45 minutes. An elevator takes the tour 210 feet underground to the caverns. The trails are paved and well-lit. Handrails enclose the paths. Grand Canyon Caverns is open year-round except for Christmas Day.
Badger Trail - The Badger Trail makes a steady slog into the Cerbat Mountains. The trail navigates assorted rock outcroppings and the lean vegetation common to the Mojave Desert. Not overly steep but almost entirely shade-free, the Badger can turn scorching. At one point, climbing a high shelf, you spot what seems to be a snow field. No, you're not having heatstroke. As you get closer you'll recognize a vein of white quartz spread across the slope. The trail continues to Castle Rock, a huge jumble of boulders remarkable for their utter lack of resemblance to a castle. But vistas of Kingman and surrounding desert basins will help you overlook this inconsistency.Camp Beale Loop - The top of the ride provides two views: Kingmans skyline with the Hualapais and the Black Mountains in the distance. There are many switchbacks aand it is a fun adventure.Fowler Loop - The ride starts with easy ride about 200 feet to the top, .then drops down into a very curvy and fast section before becomming a cross-country type for about 4.5 miles. To get there get off I-40 on Beale Steet headed east to Fourth St. Turn right and go about 4 miles down to the last train tressel, park off the road, go under the tressel and the ride is well marked .Monolith Garden - The northern network of trails are the Cook Canyon Loop Trails and the large loop to the south is the Monolith Garden Loop. The Camp Beal Loop Trail connects by going under the highway. The trailhead is off of highway 93 just west of I 40. Metwell Drive is a half-mile from the interstate on the south side of the road. A mile farther also on the south side is another trailhead visible from the highway. Fast hard-packed trails with some ups and downs but no serious climbs.
Dam statistics: Height, 726.4 feet; Length, 1,244 feet; Cost, $175 million. 6.6 million tons of concrete. Started building in 1931 and completed in 1935. The dam generates 1,344,800 kilowatts of hydroelectric power.
Only 1 hour from Kingman, the dam has daily tours and a free walk across the new bridge.