Midway between Kingman and Oatman, set against the angular Black Mountains high above the desert plain, Cool Springs is a nifty old rough stone service station resurrected as a Route 66 gift shop and mini museum. Built in the 1920s, abandoned in the 1960s, and brought back to life in 2005, Cool Springs is a nice place to stop, buy a soda, and soak up the Route 66 spirit.

Between Cool Springs and Oatman, old Route 66 twists and turns past recently reactivated gold mine workings while climbing up and over the angular Black Mountains. Steep switchbacks and 15-mph hairpin turns carry the old road on a breathtaking more than 2,100-foot change in elevation over a short eight miles of blacktop.