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Sitgreaves Pass, Oatman

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Sitgreaves Pass is a gap at an elevation of 3,586 feet / 1,093 meters, in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona.

When Edward Fitzgerald Beale built Beale's Wagon Road over this pass, he named it John Howells Pass for one of the men in his expedition in October, 1857. Subsequently, the pass was named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, who led the 1851 Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Sitgreaves' expedition never crossed the Black Mountains by this pass, but did farther north, at Secret Pass or at Union Pass. Under the mistaken impression Sitgreaves and his expedition had crossed this pass, the name was given to it by Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives of the Corps of Topographical Engineers in March 1858, as he passed eastward to survey the Colorado Plateau on his way to Fort Defiance, following his exploration of the Colorado River.
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  • I love this trip! Great scenery but be careful driving and walking. A lot of twist and turns in the road, narrow spots and steep drop offs. It’s worth it for the breathtaking views! 
    I love this trip! Great scenery but be careful driving and walking. A lot of twist and turns in the road, narrow spots and steep drop offs. It’s worth it for the breathtaking views!  more »
  • Route 66! This might be the best road in AZ. Its a bit skinny and has a few rough spots but its windy, hilly, and has amazing views. No guard rails so don't go off the edge. Some parts are a LONG....  more
    Route 66! This might be the best road in AZ. Its a bit skinny and has a few rough spots but its windy, hilly, and has amazing views. No guard rails so don't go off the edge. Some parts are a LONG....  more »
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  • This is a very windey section of road but it is manageable. We took our 32' class A motor home over it. very scenic but slow goin do sure
  • If I only do it once in my life time. It was the highlight of my ride to California. I remember this pass the most out of my 2400 mile Oneway ride. The Real Wild West is right in front of your face. (5600 total miles).

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