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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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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