California Photography Workshops



MARCH 21-25, 2018

  1. If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, the highway that's the best. Get your kicks on Route 66!

  2. It winds from Chicago to L.A., More than 2,000 miles all the way, Get your kicks on Route 66!

  3. Now you go thru St. Looey...Joplin, Missouri! And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty. You'll see Amarillo...Gallup, New Mexico.

  4. Flagstaff, Arizona: don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino. Won't you..get hip to this timely tip: when you..make that California trip.

  5. Get your kicks on Route 66!   -by Bobby Troup, 1946

Get ready for the iconic road trip on the Mother Road. Route 66!

Come with me on my third annual workshop touring the sites along the old Mother Road - Route 66!  We won’t be touring from Chicago to LA but we will be touring from Victorville CA. to Gallup NM... more than 450 miles!

Last years trip was a total success and I have thoroughly scouted and photographed our route. We will make many iconic photographs of structures that are classic and quaint and others represent desolation and memory. See my Route 66 photo gallery. 2015 Workshop photos HERE

We will shoot photos from sunrise to sunset and also do some night photography of the road and signage. There will be moonless nights. The route includes driving on the interstate where the old route ceases to exist. This is truly a road trip. We will drive to at least 30 different locations. There will also be a few Route 66 museums and classic cafes we will stop at.  Check below for a list of the some of the places we will see and photograph.

This schedule will be casual and fluid depending on weather, how fast we move as a group and what we find. Many of the structures along the highway are in flux and deteriorating. So its best to see Route 66 now!

Day 1,

We will meet the first afternoon, March 21, in Victorville CA. After a meet and greet we will head out for our first night of shooting. Plan for a early wake up call the next morning as we begin our journey down 66!

Day  2 will be spent photographing many of the sites along the old California 66, National Trails Highway (see below for stops).  That night we will end up in Needles CA or Kingman AZ depending on our road progress.

Day 3 will be spent photographing many of the sites along the old Arizona 66.  Arizona has a few “detours” due to past changes in the old highway. We will end up in Holbrook AZ. that night.

Day 4 will include photographing Meteor Crater and Holbrook AZ and traveling to Gallup NM.

Day 5 will be spent overnight in Gallup NM before making the return trip home.


This workshop/tour is limited to 10 people.

We will be driving our personal vehicles. Because of the distance and all the stops I am going to encourage carpooling. I will try to match up others in cars with people that desire to drive themselves. I’d like to limit this to 3 or 4 cars.


I have put motel rooms on hold. You will need to present your credit card upon arrival at each room. I will notify where the accommodations after you sign up. They are not fancy but should be clean and comfortable and run about $100 per night.

March 21 - Lodging in Victorville CA.

March 22 - Lodging in Needles, CA. or Kingman AZ.

March 23 - Lodging in Holbrook AZ. 

March 24 - Lodging in Gallup NM.

March 25- Return

Check out these links for more information:

Some of the places we will visit include:

Old Victorville, CA

Barstow CA

Daggett, CA

Newberry Springs, CA

Site of the actual Bagdad Cafe film location and restaurant from the 1987 film of the same name.

Ludlow, CA

The Town of Ludlow started as a water stop for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1883. Ore was found in the nearby hills, leading to a boom. By the 1940s, local mining and railway activity had ceased and the town survived supplying the needs of travelers on the National Old Trails Road, later to become the legendary Route 66 in California. Ludlow provided a Motor Court with bungalow cabins, the Ludlow Cafe, a gasoline-service garage, and shade. They operated through the late 1960s.

Bagdad, CA

Ghost Town - Old Route 66 town destroyed in 1991 except for sign.

Amboy, CA

Amboy is home to the famous Roy's Motel and Cafe, a Route 66 landmark.

Chambless, CA

Ghost Town - Chambless, originally known as Chambless Station.

Essex, CA

Ghost Town - Essex, a former oasis along historic Route 66 in California, was allegedly founded when a motorist suffered a flat tire only to discover there were no garages for miles.

Goffs, CA

Ghost Town - A nearly empty one-time railroad town at the route's high point in the Mojave Desert. Goffs was a stop along famous U.S. Route 66 prior to 1931, when a more direct route between Needles and Amboy was built.

Needles, CA

Needles was a major stop on the historic U.S. Route 66 highway from the 1920s through 1960s. For immigrants from the mid-west Dust Bowl in the 1930s it was the first town, marking arrival in California. The city is lined with motels and other shops from that era.

Topock, AZ

Topock is known for being a boating town as well as being home to the Old Trails Arch Bridge which use to be the old Route 66 bridge featured in the film "The Grapes of Wrath". The crossings of the Colorado River at Topock, including the Old Trails Arch Bridge, are also featured prominently in the opening credits of the movie "Easy Rider".

Oatman, AZ

Oatman, a former mining town, is noted for its wild burros and historic buildings. Weekends in Oatman one can see anything from classic car rallies to mock "Wild West" shootouts right down the middle of Historic Route 66.

Cool Springs Station, AZ

Cool Springs Camp and Service station, built in the 1920's, was an important stop for motorists traveling Arizona's Route 66. The rebuilt Gas Station / Road House is now a gift shop offering Route 66 souvenirs and one of a kind memorabilia.

Kingman, AZ

The Route 66 Museum in the Powerhouse Visitors Center is a must-see for those traveling the Mother Road.

Burma Shave Road Signs

One of the unusual attractions along the Kingman-Seligman segment of Historic Route 66 is the appearance of recreated historic Burma Shave signs at regular intervals.

Antares Point, AZ

The old, abandoned Ranchero Motel, has also been known as the Kozy Corner Trailer Court.

Hackberry, AZ

The Historic Hackberry General Store is now a museum and gift shop. Fabulous collection of Route 66 memorabilia.

Valentine, AZ

The Historic Indian School, built in 1903 and used until 1969, still stands today. Also, home of "Keepers of the Wild Nature Park", an exotic animal sanctuary, located at mile marker 8

Truxton, AZ

The Frontier Motel and Restaurant is a classic 1950s establishment, providing a 7-room motel, and good home cooking at the restaurant. Opened for business in 1951, the motel has remained a family owned business in the small, rural town of Truxton, Arizona.

Peach Springs, AZ

Headquarters of Hualapai Nation. It is the nearest town to Hualapai Hilltop, which is the trailhead from which hikers descend the 8 mile (13 km), 3,000 vertical foot (900 m) trail to the town of Supai, Arizona, from which the renowned Havasu Falls and three other waterfalls can be visited.

Seligman, AZ

The Birthplace of Historic Route 66. The downtown Seligman Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Twin Arrows, AZ

Two Guns, AZ

Winslow, AZ

Holbrook, AZ - Home of the Wigwam Motel

Gallup NM