New Mexico's Scenic Byways

New Mexico is home to 25 magnificent scenic byways, totaling over 2,900 miles across a diverse landscape. In fact, eight of the 126 America's Byways are right here in our state. The America's Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and was established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the states. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes these designated roads based on one or more intrinsic qualities — archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic. You don’t have to take their word for it. We’ll let you be the judge. Come see each unique scenic byway for yourself. Click on the images to view a map and video. 

Abo Pass Trail Scenic Byway

The Abo Pass Trail is a unique route, which showcases the natural beauty of the Salt Missions area. 31 miles.

Billy The Kid Scenic Byway

Come celebrate the history of the Wild West on Billy the Kid Trail. Link goes to Billy the Kid site. 84 miles.

Corrales Road Scenic Byway

Travel Corrales Road, shaded by cottonwoods and offering breathtaking views. 6.7 miles.

El Camino Real National Scenic Byway

Travel the Royal Highway of the Interior Land. 276 miles.

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

This winding route takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of North Central New Mexico. 84 miles.

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

This unique drive expresses the wild freedom expressed by Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo more than a century ago. 154 miles.

The Guadalupe Back Country Scenic Byway

The Guadalupe Back Country Byway provides a gateway for access to many recreational opportunities. 30 miles.

Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway

Traveling this trail is a journey through time in a leisurely day trip that takes you past fantastic geologic formations. 132 miles.

La Frontera Del Llano Scenic Byway

Spend the day traveling through the grasslands and plains of New Mexico and experience the natural "Wild West." 94.3 miles.

Lake Valley Back Country Byway

Meandering drive on dirt roads takes you to ruins of 1880s mining town of Lake Valley. 44 miles.

Mesalands Scenic Byway

The very flat tops and steep rock walls of mesas are a unique feature of central New Mexico. 320 miles.

Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway

Visit the Narrow Gauge, known for its outstanding scenic, cultural, and historic qualities. 9.9 miles.

Puye Cliffs Scenic Byway

Visit the best-known landmark of the Santa Clara Pueblo. 14 miles.

Quebradas Backcountry Scenic Byway

The Quebradas Back Country Byway crosses about 24 miles of rugged land colorful country east of Socorro. 24 miles.

Route 66 National Scenic Byway

In New Mexico, Route 66 slices across the entire state — from border to border — and before a 1937 realignment, it made a loop to Santa Fe, then rejoined the main highway at Albuquerque. 604 miles.

Salt Missions Scenic Byway

Take a journey back in time and travel along the Salt Missions Trail. 140 miles.

Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway

Explore the rich legacy of western expansion in Colorado and New Mexico. 277 miles.

Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway

Explore the rich legacy of western expansion in Colorado and New Mexico. 277 miles.

Socorro Historic District Byway

The Socorro Scenic Byway winds through the Socorro Historical District. 3 miles.

Sunspot Scenic Byway

The majestic Sacramento Mountains offer the traveler spectacular views of the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument. 14 miles.

High Road To Taos Scenic Byway

Through its art, landscapes, and history, the High Road to Taos tells the story of its past and present. 52 miles.

Trail Of The Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway

The Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway beckons you to experience the beauties of southwestern New Mexico. 72 miles.

Trail Of The Ancients Scenic Byway

Trail exposes visitors to exploration routes and world-famous archeological sites. 662 miles.

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

Leave the freeway and venture onto the Turquoise Trail, the scenic route that links Albuquerque and Santa Fe. 52 miles.

Wild Rivers Scenic Byway

Cutting through the high plains of northern New Mexico, the Rio Grande flows through an 800 foot deep volcanic canyon. 13 miles.