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Route 66 State Park

Park Information

The westbound ramp at Exit 266 will close at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2022, and is expected to remain closed through the end of December 2022 and then close intermittently during the next year. The marked detour for the closure will be to take Interstate 44 eastbound to Antire Road (Exit 269), cross over the interstate, and then get on westbound I-44.

Travel through history on The Mother Road at Route 66 State Park. Route 66 captured Americans’ imagination and exposed millions of citizens to small towns across the country. Sample a slice of that at Route 66 State Park’s visitor center, which has displays showcasing the road. The visitor center is the former Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse that sat on the original Route 66. The park’s location, close to metro St. Louis, provides visitors with a quick getaway to nature. More than 40 types of birds have been identified in the park, and picnic sites and trails are sprinkled throughout the park.

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds

7 a.m. to half-hour after sunset, daily, year-round
Gates open and close at these times.

Boat Launch hours

7 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset, daily, year-round
Gates open and close at these times.

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April through October
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • November
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
  • December through February
  • March
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily

Visitor Center hours

March through October
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily

November through February
Open during the second week of December for holiday shopping, closed all other days