Historic Route 66 - New Mexico

Historic Route 66 - New Mexico

Address:c/o New Mexico Route 66 Association
1415 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone:505-852-2995
Web: www.rt66nm.org Description:Route 66 was designated in 1926 as a federal highway linking Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA. The 2,448-mile route passed through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The road was decommissioned in 1985 in favor of the new interstate highway system and today only 1,410 miles of the original route in three states (Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona) have been designated as National Scenic Byway.The New Mexico section of the route offers a cultural mix of Native American heritage, old Spanish Pueblos, 19th Century ranches, and remnants of authentic Route 66-era tourist attractions.
Legth: 604 miles (New Mexico section); 1,410 miles (entire byway). Start/Endpoint: The New Mexico section of the byway runs east/west across the state from the Texas state line to the Arizona state line. It includes a double loop near Albuquerque, which offers branch routes northeast to Santa Fe and southwest to Los Lunas. Time to Allow: 16 hours (New Mexico section); 5-6 days (entire byway). Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (2000).

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