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. 

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.

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