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Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico by Kathy Alexander.

Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico by Kathy Alexander.

New Mexico’s ribbon of the Mother Road provides the Route 66 traveler with a variety of landscapes, from beautiful mountain ranges to sandstone mesas, desert sagebrush, ponderosa pines, and ghost towns. Along the vintage pavement in the Land of Enchantment, you will also see ancient pueblo cities, both open and abandoned motels, lots of neon signs, and an eclectic mix of ancient and contemporary cultures. Dating back thousands of years, you are sure to enjoy the rich history, beginning with the Native Americans, continuing through the Wild West days, into the era of the Mother Road, and beyond.

There are two alignments through New Mexico, as in 1937, it was shortened and straightened out, reducing the mileage from 506 to 399 miles.

Enjoy your journey through the Land of Enchantment.

About New Mexico Route 66


Glenrio – A Route 66 Casualty

Endee to San Jon  – Another Ghostly Stretch of Route 66

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, New Mexico

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, New Mexico. By Kathy Weiser-Alexander. 

Tucumcari or Six-Shooter Siding

Ghosts Beyond Tucumcari, New Mexico

Montoya – Newkirk – Cuervo

Santa Rosa – City of Natural Lakes

Pre-1937 Alignment


Off the Path – Las Vegas – More Wicked Than Dodge City




San Jose


Kozlowski Stage Stop, Santa Fe Trail, by Kathy Alexander-Alexnder

Kozlowski Stage Stop, Santa Fe Trail, by Kathy Alexander-Alexnder

Kozlowski Trading Post

Forked Lightning Ranch

Pecos Pueblo


Pigeon’s Ranch

Glorieta and Canoncito

Santa Fe – The City Different

More Haunted Places in Santa Fe

Haunted La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe

Haunted Posada Hotel in Santa Fe

Off the Path – El Rancho de los Golondrinas

Kewa Pueblo


Post-1937 Alignment

Cline’s Corners to the Old Longhorn Ranch

Moriarty to Tijeras on the Salt Missions Trail

Moriarty – Edgewood – Barton –Sedillo – Tijeras

Indian Jewelry Albuquerque

Indian Jewelry Neon Sign Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Robert Garcia. 

Albuquerque – 300 Year Old Duke City

El Vado Auto Court

Haunted Kimo Theatre

La Llorona in Albuquerque

Pre-1937 Alignment

Ancient History South of Albuquerque

Isleta Pueblo – Los Lunas

Rio Puerco Valley Along Old Route 66

Post-1937 Alignment

Rio Puerco Bridge

Grants, New Mexico Cafe Sign

Grants, New Mexico Cafe Sign. 

Laguna Pueblo

Indian Country Ghost Towns

BudvilleCuberoSan FidelMcCartys

Off the Path – Acoma Pueblo – Ancient Sky City

Grants – Uranium City USA

Across the Continental Divide on Route 66

Off the Path – Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Gallup – Indian Center of the Southwest

McKinley County Ghost Towns

© Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated March 2019.

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