Interstate 25 in New Mexico

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This article is about the section of Interstate 25 in New Mexico. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 25.

Interstate 25 marker

Interstate 25
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length: 462.12 mi[2] (743.72 km)
Existed: 1957[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑10 / US 85 / US 180 in Las Cruces
  US 70 in Las Cruces
US 380 near San Antonio
US 60 in Socorro
US 60 near Bernardo
I‑40 in Albuquerque
US 550 in Bernalillo
US 84 / US 285 in Santa Fe
US 84 in Las Vegas
US 64 / US 87 in Raton
North end: I‑25 / US 85 / US 87 near Raton
Location
Counties: Doña Ana, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax
Highway system
NM 24 NM 26
NM 83 US 85 NM 88

In the U.S. state of New Mexico, Interstate 25 (I-25) follows the north–south corridor through Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It replaced U.S. Route 85, which is no longer signed, but still exists in route logs sharing the I-25 alignment. I-25 starts in New Mexico at an interchange with I-10 in Las Cruces and extends roughly 460 miles before reaching Colorado. I-25 passes through principally rural land through central New Mexico and passes through or near the cities of Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences, Socorro, Belen, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Raton.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 25 begins at Interstate 10's exit 144 in Las Cruces (elevation 4,000 feet (1,200 m)),[3] just south of the New Mexico State University campus. I-25 is concurrent with U.S. Route 85 at this point, and carries the US 85 concurrency for the remainder of its run in New Mexico. Immediately, the Interstate passes east of the New Mexico State campus, and the next three exits provide access to the city. The first exit is University Avenue, which provides access to NMSU. The final exit in Las Cruces is U.S. Route 70.[4] Upon exiting the city the speed limit increases by ten miles per hour to 75 mph. Before I-25 reaches Truth or Consequences and just south of Elephant Butte Reservoir State Park it crosses over to the west side of the Rio Grande.[5] From Las Cruces to Santa Fe I-25 follows the route of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.[6]

South of Albuquerque near Socorro it passes through the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.[7] As I-25 nears Albuquerque, it has interchanges with roads such as U.S. Route 380 and a concurrency with U.S. Route 60.[8] State Road 6, the original U.S. Route 66, meets up with I-25 in Los Lunas.[9] Just to the south of Albuquerque I-25 enters Isleta Pueblo where it crosses back to the east side of the Rio Grande.[10]

The speed limit on I-25 in Albuquerque is 65 mph (105 km/h), except for one 1.5 mile 55 mph (89 km/h) section between Gibson Boulevard and Central Avenue. Through Albuquerque I-25 is named the Pan American Freeway and there are frequent exits to city streets.[11][12]:248 A major interchange with Interstate 40 (which is styled as the Coronado Freeway in the city) is named the Big I.[12]:248[13] It was given an honorable mention by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for excellence in urban highway design in 2002.[14]

Approaching Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are in the background.

Leaving Albuquerque, the speed limit increases to 70 mph (110 km/h) as the freeway passes through Sandia Pueblo. After Bernalillo the 75 mph (121 km/h) speed limit resumes and I-25 passes through four more Indian Reservations (from south to north the Pueblos of Santa Ana, San Felipe, Kewa and Cochiti. I-25 turns to the northeast and away from the Rio Grande, alongside which it has run from its southern terminus, as it heads toward Santa Fe.[15] 11 mi (18 km) southwest of Santa Fe it climbs out of the Rio Grande Valley at a steep hill called La Bajada.[16]

Continuing 'northbound' at Santa Fe, I-25 heads southeast for approximately 45 miles (72 km) traveling through the Santa Fe National Forest and crossing Glorieta Pass (7,452 feet (2,271 m)).[17] It turns north again at Blanchard toward Las Vegas.[18] The highway maintains a north and northeast orientation as it leaves New Mexico traversing Raton Pass (7,798 feet (2,377 m)[19]) and enters Colorado. The speed limit through Raton Pass is 65 mph (105 km/h). From Santa Fe to Raton Pass I-25 approximates part of the route of the Santa Fe Trail.[20] I-25 is 462.124 miles long in New Mexico.[2]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Doña Ana Las Cruces 0 I‑10 (US 85 south) / US 85 / US 180 – El Paso, Deming, Tucson, Las Cruces, Albuquerque Begin Interstate 25, Southern end of US 85 concurrency
1 University Avenue Access to New Mexico State University
3 Lohman Avenue
6 US 70 / Del Rey Boulevard – Las Cruces, Alamogordo, White Sands National Monument, White Sands Missile Range
9 NM 320 – Doña Ana
  19 NM 157 – Radium Springs
  32 Upham
  35 NM 140 west – Rincon
  41 NM 26 west – Hatch, Deming, Lordsburg
Sierra   51 NM 546 – Garfield, Salem
  59 NM 187 – Caballo, Percha State Parks
  63 NM 152 – Hillsboro, Silver City
  71 Las Palomas
Williamsburg 75 I‑25 Bus. north – Truth or Consequences, Williamsburg
Truth or Consequences 79 I‑25 Bus. south – Truth or Consequences
83 NM 195 (NM 181) – City of Elephant Butte, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
  89 NM 181 to NM 52 – Cuchillo, Monticello
  92 NM 1 – Mitchell Point
  100 Red Rock
Socorro   115 NM 107 – Magdalena, Camino Real International Heritage Center
  124 San Marcial, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  139 US 380 east – San Antonio, Carrizozo, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Socorro 147 I‑25 Bus. north to US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena
150 I‑25 Bus. south / US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena South end of US 60 overlap
  152 Escondida
  156 NM 408 – Lemitar
  163 San Acacia
  169 Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
  175 US 60 east (NM 116) – Bernardo, Mountainair North end of US 60 overlap
Valencia Belen 190 I‑25 Bus. north – Belen, South Belen
191 Camino del Llano
  195 I‑25 Bus. south – Belen
Los Lunas 203 NM 6 – Los Lunas
Bernalillo   209 To NM 45 (NM 317) – Isleta Pueblo
  213 NM 314 (Isleta Boulevard)
Albuquerque 215 NM 47 (Broadway) – Bosque Farms, Peralta
220 NM 500 (Rio Bravo Boulevard)
221 Sunport Boulevard – Albuquerque International Sunport
222 Gibson Boulevard – Albuquerque International Sunport, Kirtland AFB Signed as exits 222A (east) and 222B (west) southbound
223 Avenida Cesar Chavez
224A Central Avenue, Lead Avenue, Coal Avenue Northbound access via Oak Street, southbound via Locust Street
224B Central Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (MLK Avenue) Northbound access via Oak Street, southbound via Locust Street
225 Candelaria Road, Lomas Boulevard, Menaul Boulevard
226 I‑40 – Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Amarillo, Grants, Gallup, Flagstaff Signed as exits 226A (east, Santa Rosa) and 226B (west, Gallup)
227 Comanche Road, Griegos Road, Candelaria Road, Menaul Boulevard
228 Montgomery Boulevard, Montaño Road Montaño Road is west of I-25, Montgomery Blvd. is east of I-25.
229 Jefferson Street
230 San Mateo Boulevard, Osuna Road
231 San Antonio Avenue, Ellison Road, Osuna Road
232 NM 423 (Paseo del Norte)
233 NM 528 (Alameda Boulevard)
  234 NM 556 (Roy Avenue, Tramway Road)
Sandoval Bernalillo 240 NM 473 – Bernalillo
242 US 550 west / NM 165 east – Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Placitas, Farmington
  248 NM 315 – Algodones
  252 San Felipe Pueblo
  257 Budaghers
  259 NM 22 – Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santa Fe   264 NM 16 – Cochiti Pueblo
  267 Waldo Canyon Road
  271 CR 50 F – La Cienega
  276 NM 14 south / NM 599 north (Santa Fe Relief Route) – Madrid
Santa Fe 278 NM 14 (Cerrillos Road) Signed as exits 278A (south) and 278B (north) southbound
282 US 84 north / US 285 north (St. Francis Drive) / Frontage Road – Santa Fe Plaza, Española, Los Alamos, Taos South end of US 84/US 285 overlap; signed as exits 282A (Frontage Road) and 282B (US 84/US 285) southbound
284 NM 466 (Old Pecos Trail)
  290 US 285 south (NM 300) – Clines Corners North end of US 285 overlap
  294 Canoncito at Apache Canyon
  297 Valencia
  299 NM 50 – Glorieta, Pecos
San Miguel   307 NM 63 – Pecos, Rowe, Pecos National Historic Park
  319 San Jose, San Juan
  323 NM 3 south – Villanueva
  330 Bernal
  335 Tecolote
  339 US 84 south – Romeroville, Santa Rosa North end of US 84 overlap
Las Vegas 343 I‑25 Bus. north to NM 283 / NM 329 – Las Vegas
345 NM 104 (University Avenue) to I‑25 Bus. / NM 65, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
347 To I‑25 Bus. south / NM 250 / NM 65 / NM 518 – Taos, Las Vegas
  352 Las Vegas Municipal Airport
  356 Onava
  361 (no name)
Mora   364 NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora
  366 NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora, Fort Union National Monument
  387 NM 120 – Wagon Mound
  393 Levy
Colfax   404 NM 569 – Colmor
  412 To US 56 / US 412 / NM 21 / NM 468 (I-25 Bus. north) – Springer, Clayton
  414 To US 56 / US 412 / NM 21 / NM 468 (I-25 Bus. south) – Springer
  419 NM 58 west – Cimarron
  426 To NM 505 (NM 445) – Maxwell, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
  435 Tinaja
  446 US 64 west – Taos South end of US 64 overlap
Raton 450 I‑25 Bus. north (US 64 east) – Raton North end of US 64 overlap
451 US 64 / US 87 east – Raton, Clayton, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Amarillo South end of US 87 overlap
452 NM 72 east – Raton
  454 I‑25 Bus. south – Raton
  460 Truck weigh station Final exit in New Mexico
New Mexico – Colorado state line I‑25 / US 85 / US 87 north continues into Colorado
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

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Interstate 25
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New Mexico Next state:
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