On The Road Again! - Hoover Dam to Route 66

by Maura Elko January. 10, 2017 1931 views

Pictures of the drive from Boulder City, Nevada to Williams, Arizona!

A 3 hour trip that was about 190 miles.

Entering Arizona from right near the Hoover Dam


When I travel from place to place, I don’t only like to see and take pictures of the destination, but the journey too. I find it fascinating what different places look like! The trees change, you see all kinds of different vegetation; there’s variance in the landscapes with flat plains to mountains, cool rock formations; and of course all kinds of different houses and buildings!

The landscape in and around the Nevada/Arizona border was very mountainous with little vegetation. It looked like big piles of dirt at a construction site! Like we were on a different planet.


When we took our trip out west, I wasn’t expecting much. Mostly flat desert plains I guess, long boring 2-3 hour drives from place to place. Boy was I wrong! It was super interesting(although I’m sure it gets common place after you’ve lived there a while). I couldn’t stop taking pictures left and right.

A view of part of the Colorado River


Most of these photos are nothing exceptional, they’re not a showcase of my photography skills by any means. What they are though is a documentary journey on what the places in between look like. So I decided to start a little series entitled “On the Road Again!”, and I will be posting even more pictures to my flickr gallery album collection from each journey I take, from place to place. Hope you find them interesting!

As we continued on, the view kept changing. Slowly getting greener with some small trees & shrubs now, and more color on the mountainsides as well…


There weren’t many places to pull over, but every now and then there was a small store and gas station, rest stop type area if you needed anything. We were going to stop around Kingman however, which is probably the biggest town inbetween.


Lots and lots of mountains

Kingman is a bigger town, or small city? In the area.

Kingman, Arizona

We stopped for lunch at a fast food place in Kingman, near a gas station and other small stores. It was pretty packed. A lot of tourists and people from LA and Las Vegas. There were also Chinese tour buses probably on their way to the Grand Canyon as well.


Peacock Wash

There were lots of small passes like these, through big piles of boulders or cut out of a hillside.

Sometimes when you got to the other side of these passes the landscape would change. It was so neat!


The rest of the drive was easy, well the whole drive was really! All on a highway with decent, but not crazy traffic. I thought as we got closer to Williams and the Grand Canyon it would start getting more desert looking, more red rocks-like those you see in pictures of the Canyon. But it didn’t. It got greener-we were entering the Kaibab National Forest afterall, so I guess I should have thought of that lol. And in fact when we got up to Williams there was a huge mountain filled with evergreens on the right hand side of us! I missed getting any good pictures of it unfortunately, but it was pretty tall! I’m pretty sure it was called Bill Williams Mountain. Part of the San Fransisco Peaks.

A train passing through. See that letter S on the mountainside? We saw that quite often out there. I believe it's the initial for the town it's in, but correct me if I'm wrong!

Almsot there!

Entering Williams on Route 66


And there we made it, arriving in Williams, Arizona on Sunday afternoon. Now time to explore this little town on Route 66, check in at our hotel and get some food!



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Antonio Gil 3 years, 9 months ago

I loved to see these images taken in movement.

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Maura Elko Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes! I'm going to get a decent camera I can mount to the dash on our next trip. I actually did take some timelapses while driving, and was using the Polaroid cube on this trip. I didn't really get great footage as I didn't think of buying a mount for it at the time(you live you learn!), so this is really not the best but it's something. Memories for me at least ;) This was on our drive from Williams to the Grand Canyon which I'll post pics of next time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8Qo0LZdPo

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Maura Elko 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the link :-)

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Jill Bahm 3 years, 9 months ago

Nothing like a great American West roadtrip!!

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Maura Elko Replied to Jill Bahm 3 years, 9 months ago

Yeah it was amazing! Such diverse landscape and cool things to see out there.

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