Historic Route 66

All-American Road, National Scenic BywayArizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma

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  • Back Alleys of Old Town Albuquerque

    The shops of Old Town Albuquerque are connected by small back alleys and courtyards like this one.

  • La Posada Hotel in Winslow

    A full view of the reception area shows the old time charm of the La Posada Hotel.

  • Burnham Trading Post

    Filled with colorful rugs and stunning artwork, this is one backroom of a store you don't want to miss.

  • Burro Looking for a Carrot

    One of the favorite pastimes when visiting the old mining town of Oatman is to feed carrots to the burros.

  • Rt. 66 Museum in the Old Powerhouse

    The Route 66 Museum tells the history of the Beale Wagon Road, The National Old Trails Highway, and Rt. 66.

  • Valentine Diner in Winslow, AZ

    An original Valentine Diner waits for a buyer.

  • Two Guns

    An old Rt. 66 bridge and ruins of the zoo and other buildings can still be viewed at Two Guns

  • Unique Art Along Route 66

    A colorful piece of artwork dominates the view along a pathway of stores.

  • Cluster of Life-Size Statues in Downtown Albuquerque

    This group of life-size statues represents the diverse people that make up Albuquerque.

  • San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Albuquerque

    The San Felipe de Neri Church is a beautiful, still-functioning piece of New Mexico history.

  • Twin Arrows

    Framed by a deep blue Arizona sky, two brightly colored telephone poles form the iconic twin arrows on Route 66.

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  • Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge

    The V of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge peaks in the Mississippi River, with a Gothic water tower emerging on the left.

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  • Street Vendors

    Street vendors on the Santa Fe Plaza keep cool under shaded tents while they sell their wares.

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  • Native Americans in Sculpted Art

    The culture of Native Americans is revered in these works of sculpture depicting Native Americans in action.

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  • Santa Fe Sculpture

    A sculpture of a moose decorates the streets of Santa Fe.

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  • Route 66 Streetlights

    Even streetlights celebrate the fame of Historic Route 66.

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  • Rio Puerco Bridge

    One of the longest steel truss spans in the country, the 250-foot Rio Puerco Bridge was built in 1933.

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  • Rio Puerco Bridge

    One of the longest steel truss spans in the country, the 250-foot Rio Puerco Bridge was built in 1933.

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  • Santa Fe Sculptures

    Historic Route 66 passes through Santa Fe where visitors can see a sculpture of a Native American Brave on horseback.

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  • Aztec Motel

    A neon sign points weary travelers to the Aztec Motel on Historic Route 66.

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  • Pueblo-style Architecture in Santa Fe

    The adobe walls and flat roofs characteristic of pueblo-style architecture dominate the University of New Mexico campus.

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  • Cathedral Towers Behind Adobe Walls in Santa Fe

    A church steeple rises behind adobe walls in Santa Fe.

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  • The Kress Building on Central Ave

    The historic Kress Building still graces Central Avenue in Albuquerque.

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  • 2nd Street in Albuquerque

    There's plenty to do on 2nd Street in downtown Albuquerque. Look for great restaurants and hip clubs.

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  • Downtown Albuquerque

    Colorful facades and street signs help to create a festive atmosphere in downtown Albuquerque.

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  • Festival in Santa Fe Plaza

    White canopies of a festival flank a memorial in the middle of a Santa Fe plaza.

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  • Streetside Route 66 Lamppost Signs

    Cut-metal roadsigns on Albuquerque lampposts declare the historic path of Route 66. In this streetscene, sidewalk street furniture waits below an array of orange Route 66 lamppost signs.

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  • Historic Route 66 Roadsign in Santa Fe

    A brown and white roadsign not only points the way to Route 66 in Santa Fe, but indicates which particular routing it is (pre-1937.)

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  • Route 66 Lightpost Sign

    Cut-metal roadsigns on Albuquerque lampposts declare the historic path of Route 66.

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  • Route 66 Lightpost Sign

    Cut-metal roadsigns on Albuquerque lampposts declare the historic path of Route 66. This one is of a four-rayed American Indian symbol.

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  • Route 66 in Albuquerque

    The traditional black-and-white Route 66 sign can be seen in downtown Albuquerque in many places.

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  • Albuquerque Downtown District Banner

    Some streetlights on Central Ave in Albuquerque not only celebrate Route 66 with innovative signs, but flaunt colorful banners declaring city regions and neighbors.

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  • Route 66 Lightpost Sign

    Cut-metal roadsigns on Albuquerque lampposts declare the historic path of Route 66.

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  • Route 66 Lightpost Signs

    Cut-metal roadsigns on Albuquerque lampposts declare the historic path of Route 66.

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  • Wigwam Motel in Holbrook

    Along Historic Road 66, adventurous visitors can take the chance to bunk down in a wigwam.

  • Buckingham Fountain

    One of the world's most fabulous fountains serves as one of the first sites along the Illinois 66 byway corridor. The fountain, captured here in full force, sends a massive stream of water into the air during one of its spectular shows.

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  • Gazebo on the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque

    A gazebo in the middle of the plaza provides shade from the sun at Old Town Albuquerque.

  • Rt. 66 Between Oatman and Kingman, AZ

    Gently sloping hills covered with natural vegetation surround Historic Route 66 in western Arizona.

  • Homolovi Ruins

    Pieces of the past sacred to the Hopi Indians and the Anasazi can be seen here.

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  • Chapel of the Ages

    Rough limestone walls with myraid formations rest in the bowels of the earth at Chapel of the Ages in Arizona.

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  • Historic Bridge Crossing the  Colorado River

    This historic, graceful Rt. 66 bridge was built in 1916 to carry vehicles across the Colorado River.

  • Hackman General Store

    The Hackman General Store has a great little Rt. 66 museum.

  • Meteor Crater

    Roosting with the birds gives visitors the best view of Meteor Crater.

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  • Spider Rock

    This mulit-colored rock is just one of the many in the painted deserts at Canyon de Chelly.

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  • Two Guns

    A sign is all that remains of a cowboy legend.

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  • Classic Cars and a Touch of Charm

    Visitors can pull into this classic gas station at the old General Store along the road in Hackberry, Arizona where you never have to leave your car.

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  • Cruising Along Route 66 in Style

    A classic Harley Davidson motorcycle stands on display as snow covered peaks rise in the background.

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  • Holding the Secrets of Route 66

    The simple brick facade hides a mulitude of items that are a must see along Route 66.

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  • History While You Eat

    The classic Snow Cap diner provides more than just food - it's a classic stop along this historic route.

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  • Hanging High in the Sky

    Hanging above the Coronado forest provides visitors with an awe-inspiring view of the land spread out below.

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  • Rafting on the Colorado River

    Misty waters provide a refreshing spray for visitors who travel along the Colorado River.

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  • Wupatki National Monument

    In the sage brush lands of the Arizona desert, visitors can gaze upon this piece of the past.

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  • Chicago at Night

    The glowing towers of skyscrapers highlight downtown Chicago against the sunset.

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  • Family at Cahokia Mounds

    This group of byway visitors laugh as they climb the stairs to Cahokia Mounds, the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico.

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  • Inside the Coleman Theatre

    The ornate interior of the Coleman Theatre creates an scene of perfect symmetry and beauty.

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  • Inside Lucille's Roadhouse

    Checkered countertops and red stools accentuate the 50s-era feel of Lucille's Roadhouse.

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  • Winter Snows Blanket the Sandia Mountains

    A panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains after a heavy snow storm.

  • Round Barn

    Still standing after over 100 years, the round barn's picturesque form compliments a blue sky filled with billowy white clouds.

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  • Bridgeport Pony Bridge

    This bridge, which was featured in the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath," is 3,944.33 feet long and contains 38 pony trusses.

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  • Whiting Brothers Motel and Grocery Sign

    Abandoned neon signs such as this are indicative of the 1950s-era that Route 66 embodies.

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  • An Abandoned Motel on Route 66

    An abandoned motel on Route 66 stands today to represent an era of mobility and change.

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  • Whiting Brother's Gas Station

    Though abandoned years ago due to fire damage, historic buildings such as Whiting Brothers are fought for to be protected in their current conditions.

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  • Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway in Illinois

    Two street banners proclaim to all that two historic highways, Historic Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway, meet at this town in Illinois.

  • The Museum Club

    Neon and music is just another part of the classic charm of Route 66.

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  • Historic Route 66 Road Sign

    A sign for the legendary highway is pictured against the New Mexico sky.

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  • Getting Directions in Albuquerque

    A man points out the right direction for a construction worker in this detail from a group of life-size statues found in Albuquerque.

  • Looking Back at Petroglyph National Monument

    This startlingly human piece of rock art seems to look back from the past at visitors to Petroglyph National Monument.

  • Happy Family Statues in Albuquerque

    A statue of a mother and father chat while holding their child in this detail from a cluster of life-size statues in Albuquerque.

  • Bird in Flight at Petroglyph National Monument

    A bird takes flight across a canvass of stone at Petroglyph National Monument.

  • Native American Woman and Child Statues in Albuquerque

    A Native American woman smiles and holds her daughter's hand in this detail from a group of life-size statues in Albuquerque.

  • Bronze Businesswoman Statue in Albuquerque

    A businesswoman strides purposefully through the crowd in this detail from a cluster of life-size statues in Albuquerque.

  • Gated Courtyard in Old Town, New Mexico

    Through gated entries, visitors can get a glimpse of Old Town's many hidden courtyards.

  • Elliptical Design at Petroglyph National Monument

    This ellliptical design is just one example of the rock art visitors can view at Petroglyph National Monument.

  • Rest Area at Petroglyph National Monument

    Visitors to Petroglyph National Monument can find respite from the sun at this convenient rest area.

  • Plethora of Petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument

    Visitors can see a large variety of rock art around every corner at Petroglyph National Monument.

  • Bird-like Petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument

    Bird-like petroglyphs are etched into black rocks at Petroglyph National Monument.

  • Strange "Starman" Petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument

    A photo of the strange "starman" petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument.

  • KiMo Theater Lobby

    A theater patron admires the Kimo Theater lobby from the balcony.

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  • Indian Artifacts in the KiMo Theatre

    Buffalo skulls and Indian medallions adorn the walls of the KiMo Theatre on Historic Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque.

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  • Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings

    Sandstone dwellings perched on the sides of cliffs stand testament to the passage of time.

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  • Miller Park Pavillion

    This grand historic pavilion, designed by noted architect George H. Miller, serves as the centerpiece for one of the most interesting parks along Illinois 66. Designed in 1898, the building overlooks four distinctly designed areas within the park's parameters. In addition to historic monuments and bridges, the park features a wonderful zoo.

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  • Williams Depot

    An old fashioned engine chugs into the Williams Depot.

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  • Lowell Observatory

    Framed by sun dappled leaves and shadows, the Lowell Observatory provides scenic beauty and scientific wonder.

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  • Route 66: It's More than a Road; It's Her People.

    Sitting in lawn chairs along a stretch of Arizona's Historic Route 66 All American Road with miles of blue skies and high desert scrub brush as the backdrop, are brothers Juan and Angel Delgadillo, who, with a few other Route 66 believers, are responsible for the rebirth of Route 66. Angel, now 81 years old (as of 2008 or so), proved that one man can change the world. After Route 66 was bypassed by Interstate 40, he watched his community struggle to survive, all the while believing that the way to bring back the economy of his town and others along the Route was to build it on the heritage of Route 66 itself. Thirty years later Juan, who always wore mismatched socks, and Angel sit casually beside the road with smiles from ear to ear and a twinkle in their eyes. Juan and Angel built successful businesses around the Route 66 theme, and are proud that the world believed in their vision.

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  • Foraging in a Field of Flowers

    Mountains provide a stunning backdrop as horses graze for food in the bright yellow flowers.

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  • Petrified Forest

    A few broken logs remain scattered along the edges of the Petrified Forest.

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  • Twin Arrows

    Twins arrows grace the roadway, seemingly shot from the sky.

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  • West Colorado River

    Sloping cliffs and verdant green grass encloses the silty waters of the West Colorado River.

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  • Wildflowers and Aspens

    Vibrant purple flowers bloom at the trunk of an aspen tree.

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  • Winona Bridge

    No longer accessible by car, visitors can enjoy the view as they walk up to this important part of Route 66's history.

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  • Snow Covered Peaks

    Visitors drive towards snowcapped mountains along the Route 66 in Arizona.

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  • Home on the Range

    Antelope run freely in the spacious green fields.

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  • A Lineup of Classics

    Route 66 brings in travelers on all set of wheels.

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  • Winslow, AZ

    In Winslow, visitors get the unique chance to become part of a song.

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  • Blue Skies and Open Spaces

    Wide open spaces are still common in this part of the West.

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  • Oatman Burros

    Burros wait to carry more visitors along the trails.

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  • Sunset Crater

    The rocky terrtain is all that remains of a six-million-year-old volcanic explosion.

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  • Retro Along the Route

    Along the route, visitors can see a sign from earlier times at the Wigwam Motel.

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  • Hubbell Trading Post

    Visitors can step into the past at the Hubbell Trading Post as they buy items that Indians once traded for centuries ago.

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  • Home Cooking

    Mom and Pop stores still exist along Historic Route 66.

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  • Aerial of the Annual Route 66 Fun Run

    From the skies, you can see a perfect view of the route below.

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  • Budville Trading Post in Budville, NM

    Literally the only game in town, the Budville Trading post is as rich in colorful history as Route 66.

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  • San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town, Albuquerque, NM

    A visitor poses in front of the Roman Catholic church in Old Town, just off Historic Route 66.

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  • Historic Neon Indian Sign

    An old, neon Indian sign and Route 66 roadsigns are seen on Historic Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque.

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  • Interior Decoration in the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque, NM

    A visitor marvels at the Pueblo Deco style found in the KiMo Theatre.

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  • KiMo Theater

    The restored, historic Kimo Theater can be seen on Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Burma Shave Signs

    Red signs bearing sage advice lined highways across America from the 1920s to 1961, and a set is preserved here for modern visitors.

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  • Famous Figures At The Polk-A-Dot Drive In

    Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop line up outside the Polk-A-Dot Drive In, a nostalgic restaurant along Route 66.

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  • The Tropics Sign

    Along Route 66, several Googie-style signs have been preserved. The bold strokes and Polynesian theme of the Tropics sign set it apart.

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  • Delgados Barber Shop

    The Delgado brothers were responsible for starting the movement for the revival of Route 66 in Arizona.

  • Welcome to the Cozy Dog Drive In

    The cuddling hot dogs welcome Route 66 visitors to the Cozy Dog Drive In.

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  • Route 66 Edmond Mural

    Murals such as this are located in communities all along Route 66.

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  • Route 66 Wall Mural

    Art murals such as this, which depict scenes that represent the rich history behind Route 66, can be found in many Route 66 communities.

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  • Route 66 Museum

    A pair of motorcycles parked in front of the Route 66 Museum adds an ideal image to this building that's dedicated the free spirit represented all along the Mother Road.

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  • National Route 66 Museum and Old Town Museum Complex

    Located in Elk City, the National Route 66 Museum and the nearby Old Town Museum Complex offer a great opportunity to brush up on Route 66 history and see some interesting memorabilia.

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  • An Aerial View of Monks Mound

    This aerial view reveals the astonishingly large Monks Mound, located at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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  • DeSoto Barbershop

    A full-size, brightly painted old DeSoto automobile rests on top of the front of the DeSoto Barbershop building against a backdrop of clear blue sky in Ash Fork, Arizona.

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  • Giant Catsup Bottle

    A giant catsup (ketchup) bottle water tower perches above tall, green trees as a road winds around the landmark.

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  • California Condor Soaring Above the Grand Canyon

    A California Condor soars on thermals above the deep gorges of the Grand Canyon.

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  • Peeking through Trees at Turtle Pond

    The calm waters of Turtle Pond reflect surrounding green trees and cloudless, blue sky.

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  • Washita National Wildlife Refuge

    Fawns relax on a beautiful August day in Washita National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • A Curious Western Tanager

    A curious Western Tanager sits on top of an Arizona rock.

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  • A Rough-legged Hawk Soaring Among the Clouds

    A Rough-legged Hawk soars high among the clouds searching for the next meal.

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  • A Northern Pintail Enjoying a Spring Day

    A Northern Pintail, still wet from a dip in the pond, glides across pristine water.

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  • A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Perching in Sunlight

    A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher enjoys a quiet moment while perching on a branch.

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  • Grand Canyon at Dusk

    Rich reds and blues stand out in the rocks of Grand Canyon National Park at dusk, as seen from the southern rim.

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  • Galaxy Diner

    The Galaxy Diner is one of the famous local restaurants in Flagstaff, Arizona. Its red and chrome sign, pictured here, stands out brilliantly against a clear blue sky.

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  • South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park

    Oranges and reds jump out of the rock in contrast to the light blue skies at Grand Canyon National Park.

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  • Car Displayed inside the Roadkill Cafe

    A white car with the cafe's slogan, "You Kill It...We Grill It" adds to the whimsical decor of the Roadkill Cafe in Seligman, Arizona.

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