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Set in high-desert country at an elevation of 3,345 feet surrounded by the Cerbat, Hualapai, and Black mountains, this old railroad town has lots of character. Begin at the 1907 Powerhouse Visitor Center building, home of the excellent Historic Route 66 Museum, the Carlos Elmer Gallery (Arizona Highways photos), and an information desk where you can pick up brochures on a historic downtown walking tour, area attractions, and driving Historic Route 66. Stroll across the street for a close look at the huge steam locomotive, then head over to the nearby Mohave Museum of History and Arts to see photos and memorabilia of the people who ran the ...

Set in high-desert country at an elevation of 3,345 feet surrounded by the Cerbat, Hualapai, and Black mountains, this old railroad town has lots of character. Begin at the 1907 Powerhouse Visitor Center building, home of the excellent Historic Route 66 Museum, the Carlos Elmer Gallery (Arizona Highways photos), and an information desk where you can pick up brochures on a historic downtown walking tour, area attractions, and driving Historic Route 66. Stroll across the street for a close look at the huge steam locomotive, then head over to the nearby Mohave Museum of History and Arts to see photos and memorabilia of the people who ran the region’s railroad, mining, and ranching operations. You can experience Historic Route 66 much as it used to be on the longest remaining stretch of the old road; the very scenic section southwest of town climbs over the Black Mountains to the weather-beaten gold-mining town of Oatman. To cool off, head south into Hualapai Mountain Park, where trails loop through the hills; lodges and campgrounds provide a place to overnight. Farther out, Hoover Dam makes an impressive sight in Black Canyon to the northwest, or you can view the lower Grand Canyon to the northeast on a tour at Grand Canyon West, run by the Hualapai tribe.

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    Spring, summer, autumn; winter can be pleasant if the sun is shining.