There are no visitor services at Topock (However the restaurant, bar, gift shop, and swimming pool at Topock66 Resort, Route 66’s newest attraction, are now open.)
Mile Post 1 at Topock, is the unofficial beginning of your Arizona Route 66 journey. Topock, which means “water crossing,” has been witness to millions of travelers crossing the Colorado River first by train and ferry, and then, beginning in 1916, by automobile. Even though the town of Topock no longer exist, the famous Old Trails Arch Bridge still stands. (Directions to the Bridge are below.)
Today Topock and its neighbor, Golden Shores, are destinations for boating, off-roading and a multitude of year-round activities along the Colorado River. The Topock Marina located just off I-40 on Route 66, and Topock Marsh (one of the best bird watching spots along Arizona’s stretch of Route 66) are just two of the highlights.
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (Topock Marsh)
From desert bighorn sheep to the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher, birds and other animals at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge rely on the life-giving waters of the lower Colorado River. Take Interstate 40 Arizona Exit 1, and follow the signs to the refuge.
Old Trails Arch Bridge
The Old Trails Arch Bridge was built in 1919, and carried traffic until 1947 when Route 66 was located just north to the Red Rock Bridge. The following year the deck was removed so the bridge could accommodate a natural gas pipeline. Interestingly, the Old Trails Arch Bridge was the backdrop for the opening credits of the movie, Easy Rider, with Peter Fonda, and is the same bridge Peter Fonda’s father, Henry Fonda, crossed when entering California in movie, The Grapes of Wrath.
For the best viewing of the bridge, take I-40 Park Moabi Exit (the last CA exit from the west and the first from the east). Follow the signs to the Park Moabi Entrance Rd.till; it intersects with the National Trails Highway/Park Moabi Rd., then turn right. The first vantage point is from an old brick bridge nearly a mile from the intersection. Visitors can park on the side of the road and walk down the bridge top. The second vantage point is nearly two miles from the intersection. Continue along the National Trails Highway/Park Moabi Rd. past the first vantage point and look for a historic concrete billboard and adjacent pullout pad.