Route 66 Trail

Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS)About the Trail

Route 66 Trail follows the south side of historic Route 66 from downtown Flagstaff to the east side of town. In the mid 1990s the City removed a string of billboards from the strip of land between Route 66 and the BNSF railroad tracks, and replaced it with landscaping and an urban trail. The trail, which was one of Flagstaff's first urban trails, has also become one of its most heavily used for commuting and recreation.

Near the east end of the trail, just east of Fanning Drive, a short segment of the circa 1939 pavement for Route 66 has been preserved in place and made part of the trail.


  • San Francisco Street to Country Club Drive


  • 4.2 miles | 6.8 kilometers


  • Concrete: 100% of the trail (4.2 miles | 6.8 kilometers)


  • Easy grades: 99% of the trail has grades of less than 5%
  • Moderate grades: 1% of the trail has grades between 5 and 10% (200 feet | 61 meters)
  • Steep grades: None of the trail has grades between 10 and 15%
  • Very steep grades: None of the trail has grades of more than 15%
  • Maximum grade: 7%


  • Low point: 6,818 feet | 2,078 meters
  • High point: 6,920 feet | 2,109 meters
  • Elevation range: 102 feet | 31 meters
  • Cumulative elevation gain/loss: 000 feet | 000 meters

Along the Way

  • Downtown Flagstaff
  • Flagstaff Visitors Center
  • Historic Route 66
  • Two Spot

Intersecting Trails

Future Plans

A short section on the west end of the trail, from San Francisco Street to Beaver Street, is under construction and should be finished by spring of 2010. 

The missing half-mile of trail on the north side of Route 66 between the Country Club overpass and Mall Way is in design and scheduled for construction in late 2010. Longer-term plans show the trail extended east beyond the mall.


View photos of the Route 66 Trail in the Route 66 Trail photo gallery.