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Brannigan Park Rd.Brannigan Park, AZ
Look for the Auto Tour Sign beside the blacktop, just past the sign telling you that you are entering Kaibab National Forest and the cattle guard and shortly before the start of the gravel Brannigan Park Rd. Coming from the east this is not far past where the road turns north away from the freeway.
The gravel road starts here and is posted as a primitive road. When we've driven it in dry weather it's been fine.
As the gravel road starts look to the west to see Fortynine Hill. Getting around this hill is one of the reasons the road was realigned in 1941. Why was the road realigned, well this gravel road reaches an elevation of more than 7,300, the highest point on Route 66. The hill is even higher at more than 7,800 feet.
Fortynine Hill GPS: 35.265035, -111.894379
Photo(s): 2013, 2015