Pictures:  Arizona - Interstate 40 Westbound

Total Mileage In State: 359 miles
Eastern End: At New Mexico state line
Western End: At California state line
Mileage Covered in Pictures: 359 miles
Counties Covered in Pictures: Apache, Navajo, Coconino, Yavapai, Mohave
Major Junctions in Pictures: US 180, in Holbrook
US 180, in Flagstaff
I-17, in Flagstaff
US 93, in Kingman
Main Towns/Cities in Pictures: Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams, Seligman, Ash Fork, Kingman

Westbound

Interstate 40 West at Exit 359: Grants Rd / Rest Area / Welcome Center

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Arizona welcome sign as Interstate 40 West enters the Grand Canyon State from New Mexico.

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Speed limit sign upon crossing the border into Arizona. The speed limit on most rural Interstate highways in Arizona is 75 mph.

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Arizona Centennial sign on Interstate 40 West. As of 2012, Arizona has posted these signs near all of its major borders and control cities, celebrating 100 years of statehood.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 357: BIA Route 12 North - Window Rock

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Mileage sign near mile marker 357. It's 45 miles to Petrified Forest National Park, 71 miles to Holbrook, and 162 miles to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 354: Hawthorne Rd

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Interstate 40 West shield located near mile marker 354.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 351: Allentown Rd

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Another speed limit sign on Interstate 40 West. Speed limit - 75 mph. Hammer down.

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Take Exit 348 to St Anseim Rd.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 348: Houck

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At mile marker 347, this sign indicates that Interstate 40 West has reached an elevation of 6,000 feet. Don't worry, we've got more climbing to do a bit later on.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 346: Pine Springs Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 343: Querino Rd

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Another Interstate 40 West assurance shield.

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Interstate 40 West approaching the Weigh Station. As you approach it in 1 mile, commercial vehicles are restricted to the rightmost lane.

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Also 1 mile ahead, as you approach the scales, lane changing in prohibited by all vehicles.....for whatever reason.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 341: Ortega Rd

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Approaching the Weigh Station, this sign indicates that lane changing is prohibited for the next 3/4 mile. I'm really racking my brain to figure out what this restriction accomplishes.

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Interstate 40 West at the Weigh Station located near mile marker 340.

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After passing the ramp to the Weigh Station, the lane restrictions end as this sign indicates.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 339: US 191 South - St Johns

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Mileage sign near mile marker 339. It's 5 miles to the junction of US 191 North, 49 miles to Holbrook, and 144 miles to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 337.

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Take Exit 333 to Chambers and Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 333: US 191 North - Ganado

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 331.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 330: McCarrell Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 329.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 325: Navajo

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 323.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 320: Pinta Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 317.

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Trucks are prohibited from using Exit 311 to Petrified Forest National Park, except for local deliveries.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 311: Petrified Forest National Park

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 308.

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Grand Canyon National Park is now just 190 miles ahead via Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 303: Adamana Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 300: Goodwater

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 299.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 294: Sun Valley Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 292: AZ 77 North / To BIA Route 6 - Keams Canyon

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Interstate 40 West / AZ 77 South shields.

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Take any of the next 3 exits to access Interstate 40 BL to several services.

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Sign listing the distances to the 3 upcoming Holbrook exits.

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Take Exit 289 to Historic Route 66.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 289: Interstate 40 BL - Navajo Blvd

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Take Exit 286 to Northland Pioneer College.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 286: Interstate 40 BL / AZ 77 South / AZ 377 South / US 180 East - Show Low / Heber

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Take Exit 285 to Navajo County Fairgrounds.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 285: Interstate 40 BL - Hopi Dr

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Take Exit 283 to Golf Course Rd.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 283: Perkins Valley Rd

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Mileage sign located near mile marker 283. It's 6 miles to Joseph City, 25 miles to Winslow, and 88 miles to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 280: Hunt Rd / Geronimo Rd

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At mile marker 280, this sign indicates that we're now at an elevation of 5,000 feet. That's right: We've actually sneakily gone down 1,000 feet in the last 67 miles. We'll be going back up pretty soon.

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Road view on Interstate 40 West.

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Another view on Interstate 40 West.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 279.

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Take Exit 277 to Historic Route 66.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 277: Interstate 40 BL - Joseph City

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 274: Interstate 40 BL - Joseph City

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 272.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 269: Jackrabbit Rd

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Mileage sign at mile marker 269. It's 15 miles to Winslow, 33 miles to the next Rest Area, and 73 miles to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 264: Hibbard Rd

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Warning sign on Interstate 40 West stating that you should be alert for blowing dust for the next 20 miles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 261.

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Take Exit 257 to AZ 99 South, Historic Route 66, and Homolovi Ruins State Park.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 257: AZ 87 - Payson / Second Mesa

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Sign listing the distances to the three upcoming exits to Winslow.

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Take Exit 255 to Northland Pioneer College.

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Take any of the next 3 exits to access Interstate 40 BL and the several services along it.

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Interstate 40 West entering the Winslow city limits.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 255: Interstate 40 BL - Transcon Ln

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 253: North Park Dr

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 252: Interstate 40 BL - Hipkoe Dr

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Interstate 40 West entering Coconino County.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 249.

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Near mile marker 247, this sign indicates that we're back at an elevation of 5,000 feet. We dipped down a bit below 5,000 feet since the last elevation sign, only to come back up a bit. And now, from here to Flagstaff, it's all up, up, up (even though it might not seem like it!).

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 245: AZ 99 - Leupp

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Mileage sign at mile marker 244. It's 8 miles to the next Rest Area, 10 miles to Meteor Crater Rd, and 48 miles to Flagstaff. The thick cloud cover accompanied by the bright sun to the west made photography a bit of a challege at times.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 239: Meteor City Rd

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Interstate 40 West at the Rest Area located near mile marker 237.

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Take Exit 233 to Meteor Crater Natural Landmark. Trust me when I say that it's definitely worth a visit.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 233: Meteor Crater Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 230: Two Guns

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 228. The beautiful city of Flagstaff is at the foot of the mountains you can make out in the distance.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 225: Buffalo Range Rd

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Mileage sign on Interstate 40 West. It's 23 miles to the junction of US 89, 27 miles to the junction of Interstate 17, and 28 miles to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 223.

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Warning signs near mile marker 220. These warn of possible elk crossing for the next 65 miles.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 219: Twin Arrows

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Interstate 40 West entering Coconino National Forest.

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At mile marker 217, we've reached an elevation of 6,000 feet once again.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 213.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 211: Winona

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Speed limit sign on Interstate 40 West. It's still 75 mph as you climb up on the approach to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 207: Cosnino Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 207.

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Interstate 40 West shield located near mile marker 206.

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Take Exit 204 to Historic Route 66.

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Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 204 - 1/2 mile.

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Interstate 40 West as it enters the Flagstaff city limits.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 204: Walnut Canyon National Monument

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View on Interstate 40 West entering Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 204. Isn't it amazing? 40 miles ago we were in the high desert, and now after gaining some elevation, we're starting to see tall pine trees!

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Take any of the next 5 exits to Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 201 - 3/4 mile.

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Take Exit 201 to US 89 / US 180 to the Grand Canyon and to Interstate 40 BL to Country Club Dr. Also, just ahead, the speed limit drops to 65 mph as you pass through Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 201: Interstate 40 BL West / US 89 North / US 180 West - Flagstaff / Page

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As previously mentioned, the speed limit decreases to 65 mph as you pass through Flagstaff on Interstate 40 West.

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Sign listing the distances to the upcoming Flagstaff exits.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 200.

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Take Exit 198 to Flagstaff Historic District.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 198: Butler Ave

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Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 195 - 2 miles.

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Interstate 40 West assurance shield.

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Take Exit 195 to AZ 89A South toward Sedona.

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Also take Exit 195 to the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona University.

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Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 195 - 3/4 mile.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 195: Interstate 17 South / AZ 89A South / AZ 89A North - Phoenix / Flagstaff

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Mileage sign located near mile marker 195. It's 30 miles to Williams, 49 miles to Ash Fork, and 492 miles to Los Angeles.

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Near mile marker 194, the standard speed limit of 75 mph resumes as you prepare to leave Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 192: Flagstaff Ranch Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 191: Interstate 40 BL. I almost beat this storm, but not quite.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 190: A-1 Mountain Rd

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Interstate 40 West as it crosses the Arizona Divide at an elevation of 7,335 feet. This is the highest point on Interstate 40 in the United States.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 188.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 187.

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Take Exit 185 to National Guard Camp Navajo.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 185: Transwestern Rd / Bellemont

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Mileage sign on Interstate 40 West. It's 20 miles to Williams, 39 miles to Ash Fork, and 481 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 184.

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Interstate 40 West as it enters the Kaibab National Forest.

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Interstate 40 West at the (currently closed) Rest Area near mile marker 180.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 178: Parks Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 177.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 175.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 171: Pittman Valley Rd / Deer Farm Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 170.

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Interstate 40 West as it enters the Williams city limits.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 167: Garland Prairie Rd / Circle Pines Rd

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Take any of the next 3 exits to Williams.

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Take Exit 165 to Historic Route 66 and Williams Historic District. Williams is quite a neat little western town if I say so myself.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 165: Interstate 40 BL / AZ 64 - Williams / Grand Canyon

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Take Exit 163 to Arizona Tourist Information.

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Also take Exit 163 to Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 163: Williams / Grand Canyon

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Take Exit 161 to Golf Course Dr.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 161: Interstate 40 BL / Historic Route 66 - Williams

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Interstate 40 West shield near mile marker 161.

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Mileage sign near mile marker 161. It's 15 miles to Ash Fork, 39 miles to Seligman, and 458 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 160.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 159.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 157: Devil Dog Rd

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View on Interstate 40 West near mile marker 156.

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Interstate 40 West approaching a long 6% grade - 3/4 mile ahead. What goes up must come down.

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Signs approaching the brake and equipment check area before heading down the long, steep grade - 1/4 mile ahead.

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Interstate 40 West at the Safety Pullout / Brake and Equipment Check Area before heading down the mountain.

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Warning sign just before heading down the grade, alerting trucks and vehicles pulling trailers to use a lower gear for the next 6 miles.

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Warning signs as you begin down the 6-mile 6% grade.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 155.

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Warning signs stating that the 6% grade continues for the next 5 miles.

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View on Interstate 40 West as you continue to head down in elevation, near mile marker 154.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 153.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 151: Welch Rd

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Interstate 40 West assurance shield.

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Speed limit sign near mile marker 151. The speed limit remains 75 mph for all vehicles while going down the steep grade.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 151.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 149: Monte Carlo Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 148: County Line Rd

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Interstate 40 West entering Yavapai County. Sorry about botching this picture.

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Take Exit 146 to Historic Route 66.

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Interstate 40 West as it leaves Kaibab National Forest.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 146: Interstate 40 BL / AZ 89 South - Ash Fork / Prescott

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 144: Interstate 40 BL - Ash Fork

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Interstate 40 in Arizona is also known as the Purple Heart Trail, as this sign reads.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 142.

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Take Exit 139 to Historic Route 66.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 139: Crookton Rd

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Mileage sign near mile marker 139. It's 16 miles to Seligman, 86 miles to Kingman, and 436 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 137.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 135.

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The elk crossing warning that we first encountered east of Flagstaff remains in effect for 10 more miles.

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Interstate 40 West approaching a Weigh Station at mile marker 133 - 1 mile.

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Interstate 40 West at the Weigh Station located at mile marker 132.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 131.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 128.

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There are several services available at either of the next 2 exits.

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Take either of the next 2 exits to Seligman.

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Take Exit 123 to Historic Route 66 and Supai.

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Also take Exit 123 to Seligman Historic District.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 123: Interstate 40 BL / To AZ 66 - Seligman / Peach Springs

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 121: Interstate 40 BL / To AZ 66 - Seligman / Peach Springs. The next services available westbound after this exit are near Kingman, 56 miles ahead.

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Regional ice alert warning sign on Interstate 40 West. Although we're in Arizona, we're still pretty high up in elevation. Therefore, in the winter, it isn't uncommon to have snow and ice threats on this stretch of I-40.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 119.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 116.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 113.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 109: Anvil Rock Rd

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View on Interstate 40 West near mile marker 109.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 108.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 103: Jolly Rd

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Mileage sign near mile marker 103. It's 52 miles to Kingman and 370 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 101.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 96: Cross Mountain Rd

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Interstate 40 West as it enters Mohave County.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 91: Fort Rock Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 90.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 89.

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Interstate 40 West as it reaches an elevation of 5,000 feet. We've come down 2,335 feet since the Arizona Divide, just west of Flagstaff.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 87: Willows Ranch Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 85.

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View on Interstate 40 West.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 84.

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Another view on Interstate 40 West, just past mile marker 84.

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And another view on Interstate 40 West, near mile marker 83.5.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 83.

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View on Interstate 40 West past mile marker 83.

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View on Interstate 40 West approaching mile marker 82.

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Interstate 40 West at mile marker 82.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 81.

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At mile marker 80, Interstate 40 falls to an elevation of 4,000 feet.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 79: Silver Springs Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 76.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 71: US 93 South - Wickenburg / Phoenix

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Past Exit 71, a truck climbing lane appears on Interstate 40 West. Trucks are to use the 2 rightmost lanes only.

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Mileage sign on Interstate 40 West. It's 20 miles to Kingman, 115 miles to Las Vegas, and 338 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 69.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 66: Blake Ranch Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 62.

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Take Exit 59 to CR 259 and Hualapai Mountain Park.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 59: DW Ranch Rd

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Interstate 40 West entering the Kingman city limits.

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Arizona Centennial sign upon entering the Kingman city limits.

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Traffic headed for AZ 86 West to Bullhead City and Laughlin should use Exit 48.

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Sign listing the distances to the upcoming Kingman exits.

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Take Exit 53 to Historic Route 66 and Peach Springs.

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Plenty of services exist off all the next 3 exits.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 53: Historic Route 66 / AZ 66 East - Andy Devine Ave / Kingman Airport

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Take Exit 51 to Mohave County Fairgrounds and Mohave Community College.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 51: Stockton Hill Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 51.

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Take Exit 48 to AZ 68 West toward Bullhead City and Laughlin.

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Interstate 40 West approaching Exit 48 - 1 mile.

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Take Exit 48 to Historic Route 66 and Kingman Historic District.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 48: US 93 / To AZ 68 - Beale St / Las Vegas

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Interstate 40 West assurance shield near mile marker 48.

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Interstate 40 West as it prepares to go down a 6% grade lasting for 1 mile ahead.

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Mileage sign located near mile marker 47. It's 3 miles to the junction of Shinarump Dr, 60 miles to Needles, and 315 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West as it continues down the 6% grade mentioned earlier.

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View on Interstate 40 West, still going down the grade.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 46.

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Take Exit 44 to Historic Route 66.

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Also take Exit 44 to Oatman.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 44: Shinarump Dr / Oatman Hwy

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Mileage sign located near mile marker 44. It's 17 miles to Yucca, 21 miles to the next Rest Area, and 310 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 42.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 37: Griffith Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 35.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 28: Old Trails Rd

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Sign listing the distances to the two upcoming Yucca exits.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 26: Proving Ground Rd

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 25: Alamo Rd

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Interstate 40 West at the Rest Area just west of Yucca.

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The first up-close sighting of a Joshua Tree on Interstate 40 West.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 20: Santa Fe Ranch Rd

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 17.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 13: Franconia Rd

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Take Exit 9 to Lake Havasu State Park and London Bridge.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 9: AZ 95 South - Lake Havasu City / Parker

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Mileage sign located near mile marker 9. It's 21 miles to Needles and 276 miles to Los Angeles.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 8.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 6.

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Interstate 40 West at the Weigh Station located at mile marker 4.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 2: Needle Mountain Rd

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Near mile marker 2, the speed limit drops to 65 mph as you prepare to cross the Colorado River into California.

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Take Exit 1 to Historic Route 66 and Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

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Also take Exit 1 to Bullhead City.

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Interstate 40 West: Road view from mile marker 1.

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Interstate 40 West at Exit 1: Golden Shores / Oatman

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Interstate 40 West as it prepares to cross the Colorado River.

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Interstate 40 West at mile marker 0, which is the California state line.

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