Western Arizona from Flagstaff to Kingman is spectacularly beautiful. Pine forested mountainsides at first; then we saw desert vegetation as we steeply descend to the Mojave desert.
In the distance, we often saw enormously long trains carrying hundreds of containers; some said "China" in big letters. Below: you can almost see the train making it across the open spaces:
Finally, crossing the Mojave, we saw Joshua trees and blooming cactus and desert flowers. Approaching San Bernardino: another descent; snow-covered mountains tower over the curving road.