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.
Abo Pass Trail
The Abo Pass Trail is a unique route, which showcases the natural beauty of the Salt Missions area. 31 miles.
Billy the Kid National 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.
Guadalupe Back Country 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
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 Back Country 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 Trail Byway
Take a journey back in time and travel along the Salt Missions Trail. 140 miles.
Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway
Magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to fish, hunt, camp, hike and backpack. 15 miles.
Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway
Explore the rich legacy of western expansion in Colorado and New Mexico. 277 miles.
Socorro Historical District Scenic Byway
TheSocorro 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.
The High Road to Taos 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 Ancients
Trail exposes visitors to exploration routes and world-famous archeological sites. 662 miles.
Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway
The Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway beckons you to experience the beauties of southwestern New Mexico. 72 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 Back Country Byway
Cutting through the high plains of northern New Mexico, the Rio Grande flows through an 800 foot deep volcanic canyon. 13 miles.