We have traveled Historic Route 66 across Arizona multiple times over the years, both eastbound and westbound. The Arizona route ran from Lupton at the New Mexico border through the Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, and then into Joseph City.
Joseph City was settled in 1876 by colonists who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name of the colony changed twice since its founding. The area settled by Captain Allen's group was originally called Allen's Camp, in honor of their leader.
The name changed in January 1878 to St. Joseph to honor Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. In 1923 there was a final name change, to Joseph City. It sits at 5,043 feet above sea level.
Arizona is one of our favorite Route 66 destinations, with many miles of original roadbeds still open, and minimal congestion on most segments. One of our frequent stops is the Jack Rabbit Trading Post in Joseph City ... a highly recommended attraction for Route 66 roadtrippers!
Jack Rabbit Trading Post
Opened in 1949, tourists on Route 66 have been drawn to stop and see what "HERE IT IS" was all about. The marketing campaign placed mileage signs along the highway counting down the distance to the gift shop and its oversized jackrabbit.
The historic Jack Rabbit sign has the original boards that were put there in 1949. It has been repainted many times since the beginning. The most work has been on the underneath to reinforce those original boards.
Today, the Jack Rabbit Trading Post is "Still Hoppin on Route 66" and remains a popular stop with Route 66 travelers. This "must see" attraction is lovingly owned and maintained by Cindy and Tony Jaquez. The Trading Post is located at 3386 U.S. Route 66, about 5 miles west of Joseph City.
Be sure to take advantage of a photo op with the bigger than life-sized rabbit and the VW Rabbit!
Popular items at the Jack Rabbit include the yellow, customized "mileage signs", showing the distance from a visitor's home to the Trading Post. They come in two sizes:
Be sure to pick one up at your next visit, or maybe even order one online at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post online store!
|Travel destinations along Route 66 depend on income from roadtrippers to continue to provide their services. Be sure to patronize these businesses to help them stay open and serve the traveling public!|
Arizona Route 66 Passport
The Arizona Route 66 Passport is your guide into the heart of America. Cruise along the Mother Road, collecting stamps at locations along the way. Each passport comes with a free Traveler's Guide.
It is published by the The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of both the surface, and the memories along Arizona’s portion of Route 66. Proceeds from the sale of Passports benefit this cooperative marketing initiative.
Purchase an Arizona Route 66 Passport online or pick one up at one of the locations where stamps are given.
Arizona Digital Route 66 Passport: Rock the Route
The Arizona Office of Tourism launched in late August of 2022 the Digital Route 66 Passport. From Topock 66 on the Colorado River in the west to The Painted Desert Trading Post in the east plus miles of famous sights, shops, eats and towns in between, the free digital passport makes planning a Route 66-centric road trip easier than ever.
There’s even the chance to win prizes by checking in and uploading photos through the passport.
Access to the free digital map and passport is delivered instantly to phones and mobile devices after a quick sign-up.
Read how the Passport works and how to get one: Arizona Digital Route 66 Passport
Read the Press Release here: Arizona Office of Tourism Launches Digital Route 66 Passport
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