Route 66 New Mexico

Route 66 New Mexico

 

(source National Park Service)

Miles: 535 (approx.)

In New Mexico, Route 66 dips, curves, and winds across arid range land, mesas, railroad towns, tribal communities, and National Monuments. Settlements were established according to topography and availability of water and are usually separated by many miles. The area is renowned for its cultural diversity and rich mixing of tribal, Spanish, and American history.

Route 66 through New Mexico initially followed the Santa Fe Trail north from Santa Rosa to Romeroville and Santa Fe, then south along the Camino Real through Santo Domingo Pueblo and Albuquerque, to Los Lunas and Isleta Pueblo. By 1937, Route 66 was officially realigned to bypass this North-South path, adopting instead an East-West routing from Santa Rosa directly through Moriarty, Albuquerque, and Laguna Pueblo. This major re-routing reduced the cross-country journey by about 100 miles, and is known as “Hannett’s Joke”.

Preservation

In 1989 the New Mexico Route 66 Association was formed to educate, preserve, and promote the road. By 1994, Route 66 was designated a National Scenic Byway. The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has supported 25 cost-share grant projects in New Mexico including numerous neon sign restorations, El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, and the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari. New Mexico travel.

Tucumcari New Mexico Billboard advertising travel destination on Route 66

Tucumcari New Mexico Billboard advertising travel destination on Route 66

Route 66 New Mexico Weather

Rockabilly

"Rockabilly On The Route" 

    Tucumcari  on Route 66 New Mexico. New Mexico travel.

                Route 66

U.S.Department of Transportation

In 1999, President Bill Clinton signed a National Route 66 Preservation Bill that provided for $10 million in matching fund grants for preserving and restoring the historic features along the route. This has helped preserve Route 66 New Mexico.


Albuquerque

One of the many cars shows on Route 66

Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico hosting numerous car shows with Low Riders on Route 66.

Photo credit - Lowrider Magazine

Resurgence of Route 66 New Mexico and New Mexico travel


Route 66 officially ran through Albuquerque from 1926 to 1985. Today it is the longest urban stretch (18 miles) of Route 66.


The Duke City and Burque founded in 1706 by Nuevo Mexico governor Francisco Cuervo y Valedes as La Villa de Alburquequerque .


Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta in October - the worlds largest gathering of hot air balloons on 47 acres.



Route 66 Diner - Albuquerque

Nostalgic Decor

Best Burgers and Shakes

Super Friendly Service

Retro Route 66 diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

You’ll think you’ve stepped back into the 50’s and 60’s with our eclectic ambiance!  Betty Boop, Elvis, Marilyn, vintage and neon signs, juke box, soda fountain and Pez collection are just some of what you’ll experience when you visit us. Route 66 New Mexico is alive.

Super Friendly Service

Best Burgers and Shakes

Super Friendly Service

Route 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico serving comfort food.

It’s hard to imagine a more photographed location in all of Albuquerque!  We invite you to have fun taking and sharing photos of you and your friends on Route 66 New Mexico.

Best Burgers and Shakes

Best Burgers and Shakes

Best Burgers and Shakes

Family fun in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Route 66 Diner.

 Our guests come from coast to coast and from around the world to experience our authentic food and historic ambiance on New Mexico Route 66.

Your visit to Albuquerque’s not complete without a trip to 66 Diner. A New Mexico travel destination.

Santa Rosa and Classic Cars

New Mexico Tourism Department:


" Santa Rosa’s stretch of Route 66 is forever memorialized in American  film history in Steinbeck’s epic novel, Grapes of Wrath with a memorable  train scene, as a freight train steams over the Pecos River railroad  bridge in the center of town. The grand dream of making the entire U.S.  accessible was realized in 1926 with the creation of Route 66. Tourists  flocked onto America's “New Main Street.” Besides offering a delightful  watering hole to weary travelers, Santa Rosa provided additional  comforts in an era of tough traveling.  Fortunately, it is not too  difficult to relive the golden era of Route 66 New Mexico. You can still get a  taste of the old days at some of the classic cafes that refused to be  forgotten. Visitors from all over the world still wind their way along  the historic road." 

Hot Rod on a pedastill in Santa Rosa New Mexico.

                        Route 66 Auto Museum

Route 66 Auto Museum

Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Gift shop and museum with classic cars on Route 66 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

 Route 66 Auto  Museum on Route 66 New Mexico is a must-see on your travels through the Mother Road! It has  over 30 privately owned cars on display, including classics, vintage,  chrome, street rods, and more! Route 66 Car Museum. New Mexico travel adventure.

Custom Cars

Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Route 66 Car Museum in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

 Owner James  "Bozo" Cordova has been rebuilding, modifying and restoring vehicles for  over 40 years. With his wife Anna Cordova and their children they have  built a business that is loved and respected around the world on Route 66 New Mexico.

Street Rods

Classic Cars

Street Rods

Hot Rod on display ready to cruise Route 66.

 Reservations are  not required, but are helpful for large groups.  With this service, we ensure all details are simple,  seamless and handled in a timely manner. Whenever you work with ROUTE 66  AUTO MUSEUM, you can trust that you’re in great hands. A classic New Mexico travel destination. 

Tucumcari Tonight

In 1901 the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built a construction camp called Ragtown. After numerous gunfights it became Six Shooter Siding.In 1908 it was named Tucumcari after the Tucumcari mountain. Discover Route 66 New Mexico.

Route 66 RV Experience

45 Full Service Sites

Horse Pens & Horse Motel

Horse Pens & Horse Motel

Blaze in saddle a classic rv park in Tucumcari New Mexico a Route 66 travel destination.

 If you’re looking for high quality and personal service, you’ve come to  the right place. At Blaze-in-Saddle RV Park we’ll give you the attention  and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. A prize New Mexico travel destination.

Horse Pens & Horse Motel

Horse Pens & Horse Motel

Horse Pens & Horse Motel

Horse pens and horse motel in Tucumcari New Mexico. Ride Route 66 and brings your pets. Pet friendly

 A gem on Route 66 New Mexico. Fenced dog run  and corrals for horses. All the comforts of home owned by 3 Veteran (  brothers) and meticulously cared for. Discount for vets and law  enforcement and emt. Customer Review

Enjoy Tucumcari "66"

Horse Pens & Horse Motel

Enjoy Tucumcari "66"

Tucumcari new mexico is a classic route 66 town. Camping and RV parking in Tucumcari

 2500 E. Rte. 66 Blvd.
Tucumcari, NM 88401-4328
Telephone: (575) 815-4085‬‬
E-mail: blazeinsaddlervpark@hughes.net
Exit #335 off I-40 

Route 66 New Mexico

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