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Old 03-05-2016, 11:28 PM   #1
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Oatman AZ on the way to the Grand Canyon

I am looking to break up the drive from Long Beach CA to the south rim of the Grand Canyon and Oatman AZ caught my eye. Is the road NW out of Oatman as hair pinned as it looks on Google maps? We are towing a 25' and this will be our first big trip. We'll be traveling late March, early April.

If this road is not so advisable for newbies, does anyone have another stopping point recommendation?

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Old 03-06-2016, 10:22 AM   #2
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We visited Oatman in May of 2011. We dropped the trailer in Needles, CA, and spent several days exploring the area. Oatman is a quaint little town, and my memory of the drive there from Needles is that the road is not the best, but doable. From Needles you could also visit Lake Havasu. We stayed at a campground right on the Colorado river in Needles-nice cool spot but I can't remember the name. There are several there.

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Old 03-06-2016, 10:33 AM   #3
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Go to Google maps and use street view to check the road out. I doesn't look that well maintained and there are a lot of tight 15mph curves on the east side of Oatman. If you want to avoid the intestate to Kingman you can head north to Bullhead City then east to Kingman. From Kingman take Route 66 through Peach Springs. There is Grand Canyon Caverns and RV park there. I haven't stayed there, the last time there was in the 60's on a road trip with my parents. We stopped for the caverns tour back then.

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Old 03-06-2016, 10:47 AM   #4
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I have driven the road in a Suburban several times on work-related travel. I see lots of personal vehicles and motor cycles, but not larger RVs or trailers. It is narrow, steep in spots, and some tight corners particularly if you have to pass. I personally would not take my 27 AS across this pass, mostly because you will likely have to navigate past oncoming traffic. Oatman is unique so it may be worth your time for a side trip, but it would be safer and easier to visit without an AS in tow - IMHO.

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Old 03-06-2016, 11:19 AM   #5
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The road is absolutely hair-pinned however if you want to spend some time there I would suggest either Laughlin, NV or there is a casino all by itself but has everything needed and quite reasonable - I think AVI is the name. Oatman itself is very quaint and the area is a fun place to stop and visit for a bit. We owned some property for a few years and actually wanted to retire at one point. As for the hair-pin is fun without the trailer in tow!! We've done it quite often as a scenic venture.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:32 AM   #6
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This is a popular motorcycling route. Please do not tow your 25-footer. Your rig will consume most of the lane in spots with little to no shoulder to get out of your way. Would be a nasty outcome, even at slow speeds. Additionally, rock outcroppings in some hairpins could rip your trailer apart.

My suggestion would be unhitch for a night in Kingman and visit Oatman in your TV. The views from Sitgreaves Pass are spectacular and Oatman is a fun, easy jaunt out of Kingman which has the Powerhouse Museum and Visitor center. Northern AZ has the longest uninterrupted stretch of Route 66 and if you were to stay on 66 to Seligman enroute to the canyon, you won't regret it. It's great!
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Just as I suspected! Thank you everyone for the scouting info!
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[SIZE="2"]There is a KOA at the Avi Casino near Laughlin. Stay there. Do a day trip to Oatman. I personally would heed the advice of previous posts.
Then take Hwy 68 to Kingman.
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Don't pull your A/S Between Oatman and Kingman, old Rt 66, switchbacks are too tight.

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Originally Posted by frechettec View Post

Don't pull your A/S Between Oatman and Kingman, old Rt 66, switchbacks are too tight.


Correct, it's even too tight for 2 passenger cars on some of those turns. Like was said, go to Laughlin and park, then go to Oatman, it's worth the drive and old 66 to Kingman is a nice drive but not towing a trailer. You might also read the story of Olive Oatman, it was her brother that got the town started.
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:02 PM   #11
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Went to Kingman this January for a few days the KOA there is clean and accommodating and has a small "dog area" fenced and a bench to sit on. The owners were very nice and upon check out were sincere when they asked how we enjoyed our stay.

Oatman is not far and we did the "loop" one day. I probably would not recommend towing, especially for a first timer. Also watch for the burros, we had to stop on the road outside of town and wait for them to clear. They DO NOT follow traffic laws.

Also found out in town that if you have a dog, keep it away from the pack. The little guys will come around the dog (no fear) and when the dog barks the pack will attack (they think it is now a coyote). We just went up on the "boardwalk" sidewalk with our dog and let them go by.
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Title should be OATMAN not Batman.....spell chek did it..........
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:55 PM   #13
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Was there last month. Did a day trip loop. Really glad I didn't have trailer, wife too! Katherine's landing right outside of Bullhead city is a nice place. Part of Colorado River Recreation Area, or Lake Mead, or something? take ride to Oatman for day trip. If you don't mind gravel, Silver Creek road, drive, out of Bullhead city is pretty and cuts half hour from trip. Check map. After visit then do 66 east or pass.
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I towed our 23' Safari when returning from Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico last October over that route. It was slow going but doable. There wasn't much traffic so the drive was fairly easy and fun. I don't think I would want to do if lots of traffic though.

I had never heard of Oatman before "discovering" it on that drive. That just added to the fun. I could not believe the donkeys in the middle of the road. On motorcycles that rode would be much more fun.

You could certainly tow to Oatman entering from the west and turn around there when you are done siteseeing. I do remember a RV park on the west side of Oatman but don't remember the name. Either way, Oatman is definitely worth a visit if you have the time.

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