The California Historic Route 66 Association (CHR66A) in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have completed four web-based meetings with Historic Route 66 stakeholders to assist in the development of a corridor management plan (CMP) for historic Route 66 within the BLM California Desert District. The next step in the process is to develop a draft plan building upon the suggestions made as part of the four web-based meetings and extensive public outreach conducted over the past eight months. A draft plan will be posted below by January 20, 2015. The study area extends from the western city limits of Barstow to the Colorado River.

Map of CMP: western Barstow city limits to Colorado River

Draft Plan January 2015


Overarching purpose of the CMP: to guide management of the route for heritage tourism based economic development and designation of the Route 66 corridor between Needles and Barstow as a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 1


Documenting complex interagency and non-governmental management responsibilities across the desert corridor.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 2


What makes this section of Route 66 significant? Why is it important?
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 3


Preserving historic sites and heritage and minimizing potential visual intrusions to the travel experience.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 4


Enhancing visitor infrastructure to support economic growth and sustainable tourism.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 5


Increasing safety and roadway infrastructure to enhance the driving experience in a manner sensitive to historic context.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 6

Chapter 7: MARKETING

Developing current, consistent, and accurate information to position the route and surrounding attractions as primary destinations for target audiences.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 7


Building an organizational structure to implement recommended management strategies.
CART66 Draft Plan Chapter 8

Upcoming Events

Corridor Management Plan Web Meeting
When: February, 19 2015
Topic: Draft Plan and Implementation

For info: send an email to with the words ‘CART 66 Web Meeting’ in the subject line.
Advance Meeting Handout will be posted here prior to the meeting

You provided invaluable insights into the issues, concerns, preservation needs, points of interest, and enhancement opportunities that will contribute to our Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Route 66 from the Colorado River through the City of Barstow. As you are aware, the CMP is needed to meet the requirements for nomination of the route as a National Scenic Byway and more importantly, to help preserve Route 66 history and resources across the desert.

As the sponsors of the CMP and Scenic Byway nomination, the California Historic Route 66 Association and Bureau of Land Management have been working with an Ad Hoc Committee to review and discuss potential strategies for maximizing outreach and effectiveness as part of a series of web-based meetings focused on specific aspects of the CMP. The Ad Hoc Committee includes representatives from each of the communities, organizations, agencies, and individuals that expressed an interest in participating in the committee on the comment form submitted at the public meeting.

There will be a fifth web meeting in early 2015 to discuss the draft CMP and implementation strategies.

Agendas, draft materials for review and instructions for participating in each web based meeting will be posted to this web site approximately two weeks in advance of the meeting. If you are interested in participating in the web based meeting, please send an email to with the words “CART 66 WEB MEETING” in the subject line.

FOR MORE INFORMATION A draft meeting summary of the public meetings can be downloaded at the following link: Meeting Summary

The public meeting presentation slides can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Presentation Slides

An overview of the CMP Process can be downloaded at the following link: CMP Process

More Information:

View Frequently Asked Questions View BLM Press Release

About the California Route 66 Corridor Management Plan

The California Historic Route 66 Association and the California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have teamed up with their governmental and non- governmental organization partners to help preserve the history of Route 66 through the desert and develop strategies for educating visitors from both nearby and afar about its significant cultural and natural landscape features. The effort will also look for ways to increase economic activity through enhanced recreation and heritage tourism opportunities for visitors to its gateway communities. The BLM hired a multidisciplinary team led by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects (L/KLA) to assist with this planning effort. L/KLA has prepared corridor management plans for byways and heritage touring routes throughout the United States. One of the first project tasks is to reach out to communities along Route 66, from Barstow to Needles, for their ideas, and suggestions as to how this effort can help to preserve and enhance the heritage and nature-based tourism opportunities that are found along the corridor and in the region.