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Old Trails Arch Bridge


Old Trails Arch Bridge

Looking SW from Arizona side

Photo taken by Craig Philpott


BH Photo #192249


Street View 


Steel arch bridge over Colorado River carrying a pipeline (formerly carried US 66)
Needles, San Bernardino County, California, and Mohave County, Arizona
Open to authorized vehicles only
Future prospects
Preserved, current use for carrying pipeline.
Completed Feb. 20, 1916; traffic diverted May 21, 1947; bridge converted to carry natural gas pipeline
Three-hinge steel arch
Length of largest span: 600.0 ft.
Total length: 800.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 30, 1988
Also called
Topock Bridge
Colorado River Bridge
Needles Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.71503, -114.48493   (decimal degrees)
34°42'54" N, 114°29'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/730323/3844321 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46743 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • April 12, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • June 19, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 30, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 11, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 3, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • June 5, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • January 16, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • October 31, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott

Related Bridges 



Old Trails Arch Bridge
Posted May 27, 2021, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Even though the bridge is closed to traffic, it's wonderful that it's still standing and still serves a purpose.

Old Trails Arch Bridge
Posted August 1, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know that some places use bird netting to prevent birds from nesting on the bridge. Of course, this is more common in urban areas where people are always under the bridge.

Old Trails Arch Bridge
Posted August 1, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It can't prevent them jumping, but it can catch them! It can also thwart natural selection when idiots decide to cavort on the bridge.

If it stays, that's probably the purpose. It may also indicate that they are about to do some work and want to protect workers. Look again in a few months....

Wouldn't it be nice if they opened this to pedestrians and bikers who want to have the original Route 66 experience?

Old Trails Arch Bridge
Posted August 1, 2012, by Steve Yoder (Steveyoder66 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yesterday I noticed black nets hanging below the bridge for the first time. To prevent jumpers?

Old Trails Arch Bridge
Posted January 16, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I added this bridge on Oct. 2 and posted it (http://bridgehunter.com/az/mohave/old-trails-arch/). I just noticed that you also posted this bridge recently. Now there are two separate postings for the same bridge. So there will not be two postings for the same bridge, what do we do?