Route 66 continues to be an international bucket-list item for many travelers. In the heart of the California desert, between the towns of Barstow and Needles, stretches a 320-mile ribbon of history, most of which traverses public lands and serves as a symbol of the pioneering spirit of emigrants coming West and an icon of American freedom and mobility.
BLM teamed up with the Needles Chamber of Commerce to coordinate a series of weekend events that revel in the history of Route 66. Visitors participated in the BLM sponsored Route 66 Public Lands Cruise and Poker Run. As participants drove from stop to stop, they received their poker hands and learned about public lands along this iconic highway that played so significant a role in American culture.
Other events included the 7th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show as well as a golf tournament sponsored by the Needles Chamber of Commerce.