National Old Trails Road

4/5 (7 reviews)
Yucca, Arizona (Mohave County)
Last Updated: 07/24/2022
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National Old Trails Road, also known as the Ocean to Ocean Highway, was established officially in 1912 and part of the 3096-mile long road that first connected the two coasts from California to New York. This short section of road located just south of Yucca, Arizona, is referenced in texts as early as 1902. Known then as the Needles Grand Canyon Highway, it was subsequently rerouted through Oatman, Arizona, and renamed Route 66. It's difficult to imagine what it must have been like making this coast-to-coast trip. Only 800 miles of the 3096-mile road were paved, and the rest was dirt, rock, or wood planked road. Many of these paths wouldn't be what we call roads now. These were originally wagon and cattle trails that were linked together. At one point, nearly 4,000 cars a year were making the trip across this stretch of road prior to being rerouted through Oatman, Arizona, and modern-day Route 66.

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Trail Reviews

4/5 (7 reviews)
Tom
15500
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 03/31/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran parts of this trail a number of times over the last two days while running the full length of all the trails that Cory has published. We developed a love/hate relationship with it. Some spots are conducive to high speed to get to the next trail, and then, a really rough spot would sneak up and everything in the Jeep would be bounced around. Today with finished the final piece by running the trail west from Franconia Road out to the interchange with I-40. That was the best section of the road. Thanks Cory for a fun and interesting two days running the trails in your area of the state.
Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/02/2022

This stretch of dirt road was pretty busy for New Years, with more people camping along Franconia Road than I recall seeing before. This area has grown considerably, and the condition of some of these roads shows the wear.
Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/28/2021

It was a beautiful day, with great temps. There are a couple of short stretches with rough washboard, but still a nice drive.
Trail Review: National Old Trails Road - Cory W
Trail Review: National Old Trails Road - Cory W
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/27/2021

Nice first ride with trails off-road. Continued on past radar building with arrow road and pipeline road back to 95. Couple nice steep areas and careful your placement.
Trail Review: National Old Trails Road - James P Corrigan
Cory W
Official Crew
27800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/17/2020

Beautiful clear day to enjoy the views and a relaxing drive. This area certainly gets more popular every year for dispersed camping.
Trail Review: National Old Trails Road - Cory W
Trail Review: National Old Trails Road - Cory W

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