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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: New Mexico Scenic & Historic Byway
Fees: None along the byway itself.
Length, One-Way: 604 Miles (1006.67 Kilometers)
Time: About 16 Hours

General Information

Description - Many of the early curiosities that made Route 66 intriguing to travelers have fallen victim to Interstate Highways. However, much of the route's character can still be seen by leaving the beaten path in and around Albuquerque. On Albuquerque's eastern edge, travelers can pick up parts of Route 66 at Tijeras Canyon, where a serene and rural atmosphere allows you to leave the big city behind. Other parts of the road lead visitors to quaint and historic sites, allowing them to catch a glimpse into the past and get a taste for what life was like a few decades ago.

Attractions - The Historic Route 66 - New Mexico is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : From Amarillo, Texas, take I-40 westbound to the New Mexico border. Get on Historic Route 66 and take it to Tucumcari, where you get back on I-40. In Montoya, get back on Route 66 and follow it past Newkirk, Cuervo, and Blue Hole. Once you reach Santa Rosa, you pick up on I-40 again. At the intersection of I-40 and State Route 84, take 84 (which is actually Route 66) northbound toward Las Vegas. When you come to Romeroville, stay on Route 66 as it curves back to the southwest and passes San Jose, Rowe, Pecos, and Glorieta, and then as it goes up to Santa Fe. Continue through Santa Fe down to Algodones, where Route 66 continues as NM 313 through Santa Ana Pueblo, Bernalillo, and Sandia Pueblo.

When you reach Albuquerque, there are four different ways you can choose:

  1. You can head east and go past Nob Hill, Tijeras, Edgewood, and Moriarty to Longhorn, where the original Route 66 ends and you turn around and go back the way you came.

  2. You can go west and meet up again with I-40 near Rio Puerco, where you continue on I-40 to where it meets up again with Route 66 at the Cibola County line.

  3. You can continue straight ahead and stay on Route 66 as it goes south through Isleta Pueblo and back up to join post-1938* Route 66 near Correo.

  4. You can continue on Route 66 past Mesita, Laguna Pueblo, Budville, Cubero, San Fidel, McCartys, Grants, Milan, Bluewater, Prewitt, Thoreau, Top O' the World, Iyanbit, Ft. Wingate, and Gallup to the Arizona state line.
*Prior to 1938, Route 66 took the way up to Santa Fe and down to Albuquerque. After 1938, a more direct route was taken, and Route 36 cut directly from Albuquerque to Santa Rosa. Thus parts of the Historic Route 66 are pre-1938 and some are post-1938.

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Additional Information:
New Mexico Scenic Byways - New Mexico boasts numerous scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways. Billy the Kid Trail, El Camino Real, Historic Route 66, Jemez Mountain Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Turquoise Trail are all National Scenic Byways in New Mexico.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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