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It follows old trade routes, rail beds, and footpaths that echo with the hazy activities of yesteryear. If you listen closely, you'll hear the footsteps of Indians trading life's necessities, the whistle of a train as it pulls into the station, or the chattering voices of families traveling across the country on Route 66. The eastern and southern branches of the byway run through the plains, while its western branch runs through the mountains. Like icing on the cake, there are hiking, picnicking, and camping opportunities in the lovely forested valleys of the Cibola National Forest south of Tijeras. Take your pick --Tunnel Canyon, Otero Canyon, Cedro Campground, and Pine Flat Picnic Area.