Route 66

Day 10: Bluff UT to Chambers AZ

Route 66: Day 10 Bluff UT to Chambers AZ

Postcard from Chambers, Arizona

Another early morning and I went back to the Route 66 via an enchanting drive on the Scenic Byway 163 which travels through Monument Valley. The national park is still closed due to COVID concerns but the drive is nonetheless incredible.

311 miles later, 50 of which within the Petrified Forest National Park, a bit further west from my motel, and I am back on the Mother road, in Arizona this time.

I did a couple of miles hike part of which running, to test my Achilles after last month injury. The results are in:

  • The tendon is ok
  • Running in the desert is a very, very bad idea

Forrest Gump Point on the Scenic Byway 163, where Forrest stops and says: I’m pretty tired, I think I’ll go home now
Forrest Gump Point on the Scenic Byway 163, where Forrest stops and says “I’m pretty tired, I think I’ll go home now”


Driving from Bluff to Chambers Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Chambers, AZ

  • Days Inn by Wyndham Chambers Near the Petrified Forest East, 33360 I40 and US-191, PO Box 39, Chambers, AZ, 86502. There is literally nothing in Chambers. This motel has a restaurant, a pool which will help give some relief from the heat and it is not too far from the Petrified Forest. A lifesaver.

Where to eat and what to see between Bluff, UT and Chambers, AZ

  • Monument Valley When I was there it was sadly still closed due to Covid concerns nevertheless the landscape around the Scenic Byway 163 which travels through Monument Valley is incredible and unforgettable.
  • Forrest Gump PointUS-163 Scenic, Mexican Hat, UT 84531 “I had run for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours”, “Quiet, quiet! He’s gonna say something!”, “I’m pretty tired… I think I’ll go home now.”
  • Petrified Forest National Park a moon-like desolate but breathtaking landscape with petrified logs, and incredible trails.


Bluff to Chambers: heading towards Monument Valley
Bluff to Chambers: heading towards Monument Valley

Driving from Bluff to Chambers FAQ

How many miles are from Bluff to Chambers?

There are 170 miles from Bluff to Chambers, 210 if you take the Scenic Byway 163 loop through Monument Valley. I drove 311 due to some detours but mostly cause I went back and forward to the Petrified Forest which is 23 miles past Chambers.

How long does it take to drive from Bluff to Chambers?

The shortest possible route takes about 3 hours, 4 hours if driving the Scenic Byway 163 loop. It took me about 8 hours cause the stop I made on the Scenic Byway 163 and for the short trip to the Petrified Forest.

What’s the best thing about driving from Bluff to Chambers?

The best thing about driving all the way from Bluff to Chambers are the marvelous panoramic views and iconic landscapes you see from the Scenic Byway 163.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Bluff to Chambers?

Obviously Monument Valley is the top attraction around here. About 23 miles past Chambers another point of interest worth visiting is the Petrified Forest.

What type of car is best to drive from Bluff to Chambers?

If you are planning to visit Monument Valley, a 4WD or a midsize SUV are a good choice cause the Monument Valley Scenic Drive is unpaved and it is not recommended for all types of vehicles.

Can you drive an electric car from Bluff to Chambers?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Bluff, make sure your EV is enough charged. You don’t wanna be stranded in the desert. There are 5 public EV charging stations in Bluff.
Here some EV charging station available in Bluff:
– Twin Rocks Cafe, 913 East Navajo Twins Drive, Bluff, UT, 84512. Phone: (435) 672-2341
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 409 Main Street, Bluff, UT, 84512. Phone: (888) 758-4389
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 455 W Main St, Bluff, UT 84512. Phone: (888) 758-4389


Monument Valley pictures: photos taken from Bluff to Chambers

Bluff to Chambers: the landscape gets surreal
Bluff to Chambers: the landscape gets surreal

Bluff to Chambers: empty roads in the desert
Bluff to Chambers: empty roads in the desert

Bluff to Chambers: Welcome!
Bluff to Chambers: Welcome!

Bluff to Chambers: the Scenic Byway 163
Bluff to Chambers: the Scenic Byway 163

Bluff to Chambers: the Scenic Byway 163
Bluff to Chambers: the Scenic Byway 163

Bluff to Chambers: incredible landscapes
Bluff to Chambers: incredible landscapes

Bluff to Chambers: no one in sight
Bluff to Chambers: no one in sight

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park

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