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cycling trip Historic Route 66: Santa Fe to Santa Monica

Dates: 10/9 - 26, 2017

(17 day, 17 nights, Mon. - Thurs.)


Assembly Point: Santa Fe, NM

(Timberline van shuttle is included from Albuquerque International Sunport to Santa Fe, NM prior to tour and to Los Angeles International Airport, CA following tour)

Not included: Airline service to Albuquerque, NM; Guide Gratuity

Meeting time: airport 1 pm, hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: 9 am


Tour Cost: $6,400

Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, van shuttles, support van, leaders, tour maps and narratives.

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $1,300

Inn Highlights

  • Hotel Albuquerque
  • La Pasada
  • Wigwam Motel
  • Ocean View Hotel

Historic U.S. Route 66, which is also called the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It originally ran from Chicago, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, ending in Santa Monica, California, for a total of 2,448 miles.  It was officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, and is no longer indicated on current roadmaps. However, much of the route does remain, and with our detailed maps, we will find our way past many landmarks and fascinating sites along the back roads.

This section of the route travels west of Albuquerque to Chambers, AZ and again past Flagstaff, AZ, as we pass through several sovereign Native American lands known as Pueblos, Nations and Reservations. A visit to the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum is a must. Just west of Grants, NM, cyclists will cross the Continental Divide as they pedal through the El Malpais National Monument. Gallup, NM is home to the Brickyard Bike Park, which celebrated its grand opening in September 2013, with cycling celebrity Levi Leipheimer officiating. The bike park, coupled with a 15-year-long effort to build trails outside of town and recast the city as a mountain-biking mecca, has earned Gallup a formal designation by the state legislature as the Adventure Capital of New Mexico.

Our Route 66 path breaks from following Historic Route 66 to head south through Petrified Forest National Park and its haunting beauty, archeological sites and unique geological formations including, not surprisingly, petrified trees. From Flagstaff, cyclists will ride to Williams, the gateway to Grand Canyon National Park. On our layover day we will van to Grand Canyon. We will rejoin old Route 66 the rest of the way across Arizona. From five miles south of Kingman to Topock at the California border, Old Route 66 has been designated by the Bureau of Land Management as the Historic Route 66 National Back Country Byway. It crosses Sitgreaves Pass in the rugged Black Mountains. The entry into California drops cyclists into a long desert stretch from Needles to Barstow. Once out of the desert, services improve and traffic increases as the route becomes urban through the suburbs of Los Angeles. While there are several plaques in the area denoting the end of Historic Route 66, the terminus of Route 66 is on the Santa Monica Pier at the sign located where the road meets the pier.


Pre-tour 10/9 Arrive in Albuquerque, assemble, van shuttle to Santa Fe, bike fitting and orientation dinner  
Day 1 Santa Fe - Albuquerque 75 miles
Day 2

Albuquerque - Grants

71 miles

Day 3

Grants - Gallup

98 miles

Day 4

Gallup - Chambers

48 miles

Day 5

Chambers - Holbrook

68 miles

Day 6

Holbrook - Winslow

34 miles

Day 7 Winslow - Flagstaff 64 miles
Day 8 Flagstaff - Williams 29 miles
Day 9 Williams - Grand Canyon - Layover Day  
Day 10 Grand Canyon - Seligman 44 miles
Day 11 Seligman - Kingman 87 miles
Day 12 Kingman - Needles 74 miles
Day 13 Needles - Ludlow 110 miles
Day 14 Ludlow - Barstow 52 miles
Day 15 Barstow - San Bernadino 81 miles
Day 16 San Bernadino - Santa Monica 77 miles
Day 17 LAX Airport drop off at 9:00 am  

Total cycling mileage: 937

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.