Road Trip - Route 666
Route 666 Road Sign
The Devil's Highway, Route 666 or Route 191
Southern area of Route 191 ends in the Apache National Forest.
Where Route 666 / 191 starts or ends, depending on your viewpoint.
The Number of the Beast
New International Version (NIV)
17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666."
If you don't know what this passage means, be sure to ask your religious authority. It truly means absolutely nothing when it comes to the orderly naming of roads and routes across the United States of America. Apparently, back in biblical times it may have referred to the Roman Emperor, Nero. Superstitious people being who they are, have turned this number into the devil himself.
Yes, there was such an outcry over the naming of Route 666 in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, that the protesting public succeeded in having the normal routes with this number renamed.
Various portions of the route are scattered across the four corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Basically, the roads spurred off of the old Route 66 of the famous road trip legends of old.
Because of gematria (a system of numerology), the number of these routes became pariah to the travelers throughout the sections of road that bore the unfortunate designation of Route 666.
Ghost Truck from Route 666
Wild Ghost Stories on Route 666
For some reason, this highway became known as the most haunted stretch of road in the whole of the United States. Various themes emerged of those traveling these roads. These themes have been repeated so many times that most folks imagine that they are true.
- Route 666 had the highest incidence of traffic fatalities of any road with the "beastly" number. Drivers on these roads were "cursed". It is interesting to note that since the numbers have been changed, the fatalities have been greatly reduced. It seems that superstitious drivers can drive better if the highway numeration is something more to their liking. Same road, different mindset.
- One story tells of a black car (gangster's sedan) or truck that rushes the driver ahead of it, especially at dawn or dusk. When the driver being tailgated pulls over to let the black vehicle go by, it turns out to be a hallucination.
- Hounds of Hell? That is what some say happens on these lonely deserted routes. The dogs are extremely vicious and will actually bite into your tires and cause flats. These dogs can also run as fast as you can drive, so there is no getting away from them when they strike. So far, no photos of these dogs have actually surfaced. No strange dog teeth have been found in flat tires from this region either.
- Would you stop for a little girl lost on a lonely high desert highway? They say that such a girl, wearing a white gown or dress, stands by the side of the highway waiting for something unknown. If you stop to render aid to this little phantom, she disappears - also before anyone can take a photo of her.
- A great deal of this highway runs through Native American land. European settlers, never having encountered any of the rituals and ceremonies of the 'Indian savages', naturally suspected these legends and people to be 'evil'. Having put many witches to death back in the Eastern puritan states, they believed that skin walkers, shape shifters and shamans were also witches. Some say that these skin walkers can walk the high desert assuming any shape they so desire and thereby gain entrance to your motor vehicle. Sounds silly, doesn't it? Perhaps it is only the active imagination of the driver.
- One of the most common effects of driving the infamous Route 666 is the odd sensations of time displacement. The highway is long and quite beautiful, but it can be hypnotic. Highway hypnosis is a regular danger to people on long road trips. This may be responsible for many of the phenomena of Route 666 events. The best way to combat highway hypnosis is to stop, get out of your car, walk around and smell the roses (or the desert). Traveling with friends will help with road trip boredom. Friends may also have a camera ready to capture any odd encounters.
- Some say that people, cars and personal items have actually disappeared. They leave no trace of ever having been on Earth in the first place! Occasionally, the person or item in question will reappear without even remembering being lost in the first place. Maybe people have picked the high desert to get away from it all and disappeared themselves. This is probably not a superstitious event at all.
Route 666 (New Name - Route 191) in Southern Utah
The area of Utah associated with Route 666
Southern Utah Road Trip
Awesome Road Trip!
Unbeknownst to us, while driving from Los Angeles to Texas, Bob and I drove over a good deal of the 'most haunted highway' in America. We picked up our S10 Blazer in Los Angeles and drove it from there across 10 states to get to our current home in the hill country of central Texas.
The trip took six weeks, and we saw some amazing things. Not the least of which was the part of Interstate 70 that crossed north of the Grand Canyon and on into Southern Utah and the four corners area. A particularly memorable stop was in Moab, Utah.
I've only dug through some of my photos of the area, but I present them in this hub to show the reader how vast and awesome this road trip is.
There are signs proclaiming "Next gas station - 100 miles"! No joke. Occasionally you will spot Native American women at rest stops selling hand made jewelry and crafts. We bought a lovely butterfly necklace that I treasure to this day.
Not knowing that this area of the country was 'cursed', we drove merrily on and had a wonderful time. Truly, the trip was a highlight of our marathon road excursion. I would go back in a heart beat.
I would not think twice about driving the so-called "devil's highway" at night, under a full moon, or in bright daylight. In fact, I wanted very much to stop and take up residence in Moab. What a fantastic place.
Canyon lands of Southern Utah
Are you superstitious?
Would you dare to drive a lonely haunted road like Route 666?
Route 666 Scary Movie on DVD
When two Special Agents cut through a condemned, desolate highway known as Route 666 while tracking a suspect, they discover a danger far worse than deady twists and turns! Years ago, a notorious chain gang was killed in a horrific roadside murder, and the hightway still echoes with its brutal legacy. Now, they face a terrifying reality...there's no escape and no way to deny the secret behind the force haunting this bleak wasteland.
© 2013 Lela