Interstate 25 in New Mexico
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length:||462.12 mi (743.72 km)|
|Existed:||1957 – present|
|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|
|Counties:||Doña Ana, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax|
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.
Interstate 25 begins at Interstate 10's exit 144 in Las Cruces (elevation 4,000 feet (1,200 m)), 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. 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. From Las Cruces to Santa Fe I-25 follows the route of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
South of Albuquerque near Socorro it passes through the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. As I-25 nears Albuquerque, it has interchanges with roads such as U.S. Route 380 and a concurrency with U.S. Route 60. State Road 6, the original U.S. Route 66, meets up with I-25 in Los Lunas. Just to the south of Albuquerque I-25 enters Isleta Pueblo where it crosses back to the east side of the Rio Grande.
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.:248 A major interchange with Interstate 40 (which is styled as the Coronado Freeway in the city) is named the Big I.:248 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.
Leaving Albuquerque, the 75 mph (121 km/h) speed limit resumes as the freeway passes through Sandia Pueblo. After Bernalillo, 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. 11 mi (18 km) southwest of Santa Fe it climbs out of the Rio Grande Valley at a steep hill called La Bajada.
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)). It turns north again at Blanchard toward Las Vegas. The highway maintains a north and northeast orientation as it leaves New Mexico traversing Raton Pass (7,798 feet (2,377 m)) 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. I-25 is 462.124 miles long in New Mexico.
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|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; southern terminus; I-10 exit 144|
|1||University Avenue||Access to New Mexico State University|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|156||NM 408 – Lemitar|
|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 (Coronado Freeway) – Santa Rosa, Gallup||Signed as exits 226A (east, Santa Rosa) and 226B (west, Gallup); I-40 exit 159B-C|
|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.|
|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 (Avenida Bernalillo)|
|242||US 550 north / NM 165 east – Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Placitas, Farmington|
|248||NM 315 / Historic US 66 – Algodones|
|252||San Felipe Pueblo|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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La Bajada hill is located 11 miles southwest of Santa Fe. From 1598, when Spanish colonists trudged beside lumbering oxcarts, to the early 20th century, when American tourists drove Model A automobiles, the steep and abrupt escarpment of La Bajada Hill was a notorious landmark on the road between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The old route up La Bajada Hill was barely 1.5 miles long, but it traversed tough volcanic rock; in the 20th century it included 23 hairpin turns and was the scene of countless frustrations and mishaps, from overturned wagons to boiling radiators. Residents of the village of La Bajada (see entry) at the hill's base named a spot on the hill Florida because a truck carrying oranges overturned there. In 1932, a new route up the escarpment was laid out, followed today by I-25, and the original route, 5 mi N and W, fell into disuse, though a few drivers still attempt it to test their vehicles' toughness. The name La Bajada now is gradually being transferred to the new route.
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- "Raton Pass". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
- Glassman, Steve (2008). It Happened on the Santa Fe Trail. Morris Publishing. p. ix. ISBN 0762745738. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
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