July 2015:
Thank you very much for your continued involvement in the California Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan. Over the past three months we have been revising the draft plan to reflect the many thoughtful comments received. The resulting Final Draft of the CMP can be downloaded using the links below - either as a full document or as individual chapters.

Over the next several months, the Association and BLM will be scheduling briefings with the City of Needles, the City of Barstow, and San Bernardino Country and asking them for resolutions of support. Once those dates have been confirmed they will be posted to this website and sent out as a media release by BLM. We look forward to your continued participation and support for the preservation and enhancement of California Historic Route 66.

Map of CMP: western Barstow city limits to Colorado River

Final Draft Plan May 2015

Download Full CMP Here:

Complete CMP PDF

Download Individual Chapters Below:


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.
Chapter 1. Introduction.pdf


Documenting complex interagency and non-governmental management responsibilities across the desert corridor.
Chapter 2. Planning Context.pdf


What makes this section of Route 66 significant? Why is it important?
Chapter 3. Corridor Qualities.pdf


Preserving historic sites and heritage and minimizing potential visual intrusions to the travel experience.
Chapter 4. Stewardship.pdf


Enhancing visitor infrastructure to support economic growth and sustainable tourism.
Chapter 5. Visitor Experience.pdf


Increasing safety and roadway infrastructure to enhance the driving experience in a manner sensitive to historic context.
Chapter 6. Safety and Comfort.pdf

Chapter 7: MARKETING

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

Chapter 8: IMPLEMENTATION (including Appendix I & Appendix V)

Building an organizational structure to implement recommended management strategies.
Chapter 8. Implementation.pdf

Download Appendices II, III, IV, and VI Below:

APP II: Maps
Map 1 Corridor Location.pdf
Map 2 Land Ownership.pdf
Map 3 Historic Features Central.pdf
Map 3 Historic Features East.pdf
Map 3 Historic Features West.pdf
Map 4 Natural Resources.pdf
Map 5 Recreational Resources.pdf
Map 6 Visual Resource Inventory.pdf
Map 7 Transportation Central.pdf
Map 7 Transportation East.pdf
Map 7 Transportation West.pdf
Map 8 BLM Land Status.pdf

APP III: Historic Resources
Historic Inventory.pdf

APP IV: Draft Plan Comments
Public Comments.pdf

APP VI: Bibliography

Corridor Management Plan Web Meetings

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.

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.