Interstate 25 in New Mexico

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This article is about the section of Interstate 25 in New Mexico. For the entire route, 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 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.[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 mi[21] 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; southern terminus; I-10 exit 144
1 University Avenue Access to New Mexico State University
3 Lohman Avenue
7.4 11.9 6 US 70 / Del Rey Boulevard – Las Cruces, Alamogordo, White Sands National Monument, White Sands Missile Range
11.12 17.90 9 NM 320 – Doña Ana
Radium Springs 20.32 32.70 19 NM 157 – Radium Springs Leasburg Dam State Park, Ft. Selden State Monument
  34.22 55.07 32 Upham
Rincon 36.82 59.26 35 NM 140 west – Rincon
Hatch 42.659 68.653 41 NM 26 west – Hatch, Deming, Lordsburg
Sierra Garfield 52.03 83.73 51 NM 546 – Garfield, Salem
Caballo Lake 60.89 97.99 59 NM 187 – Caballo, Percha State Parks
Caballo 65.175 104.889 63 NM 152 – Hillsboro, Silver City
  72.89 117.31 71 Las Palomas
Williamsburg 76.389 122.936 75 I-25 Bus. north – Truth or Consequences, Williamsburg
Truth or Consequences 80.577 129.676 79 I-25 Bus. south – Truth or Consequences
85.2 137.1 83 NM 195 (NM 181) – City of Elephant Butte, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
  90.141 145.068 89 NM 181 to NM 52 – Cuchillo, Monticello
  92.831 149.397 92 NM 1 – Mitchell Point Elephant Butte Lake State Park
  100.82 162.25 100 NM 1 – Red Rock
Socorro   116.572 187.604 115 NM 107 – Magdalena, Camino Real International Heritage Center
  125.881 202.586 124 San Marcial, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
San Antonio 140.61 226.29 139 US 380 east – San Antonio, Carrizozo, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Socorro 149.225 240.154 147 I-25 Bus. north to US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena
151.728 244.183 150 I-25 Bus. south / US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena South end of US 60 overlap
Escondido 153.62 247.23 152 Escondida
Lemitar 157.52 253.50 156 NM 408 – Lemitar
  164.32 264.45 163 San Acacia
La Joya 171.32 275.71 169 Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
  176.566 284.155 175 US 60 east (NM 116) – Bernardo, Mountainair North end of US 60 overlap
Valencia Belen 191.35 307.95 190 I-25 Bus. north – Belen, South Belen
193.435 311.303 191 Camino del Llano
  197.56 317.94 195 I-25 Bus. south – Belen
Los Lunas 205.376 330.521 203 NM 6 – Los Lunas
Bernalillo   209 CR 317 to NM 45 (Coors Blvd) – Isleta Pueblo To NM 314 (Isleta Blvd)
  213.394 343.424 213 NM 314 (Isleta Boulevard)
Albuquerque 217.18 349.52 215 NM 47 (Broadway) – Bosque Farms, Peralta
221.768 356.901 220 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
227.225 365.683 226 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.
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)
Sandia Pueblo Nation 234 NM 556 (Roy Avenue, Tramway Road)
Sandoval Bernalillo 240 NM 473 (Avenida Bernalillo)
243.533 391.928 242 US 550 north / NM 165 east – Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Placitas, Farmington
  249.258 401.142 248 NM 315 / Historic US 66 – Algodones
  253.736 408.349 252 San Felipe Pueblo
  258.916 416.685 257 Budaghers
  259 NM 22 – Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santa Fe   266.21 428.42 264 NM 16 – Cochiti Pueblo
  268.73 432.48 267 Waldo Canyon Road
La Cienega 273.13 439.56 271 CR 50 – La Cienega CR 50F
  277.07 445.90 276 NM 14 south / NM 599 north (Santa Fe Relief Route) – Madrid
Santa Fe 278.91 448.86 278 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)
  291.773 469.563 290 US 285 south (NM 300) – Clines Corners North end of US 285 overlap
  295.596 475.716 294 Canoncito at Apache Canyon
  298.47 480.34 297 Valencia
  300.4 483.4 299 NM 50 – Glorieta, Pecos
San Miguel   309.1 497.4 307 NM 63 – Pecos, Rowe, Pecos National Historic Park
Sands 321.72 517.76 319 San Jose, San Juan
  324.59 522.38 323 NM 3 south – Villanueva
  331.52 533.53 330 Bernal
  336.62 541.74 335 Tecolote
  341.321 549.303 339 US 84 south – Romeroville, Santa Rosa North end of US 84 overlap
Las Vegas 345.339 555.769 343 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
349.595 562.619 347 To I-25 Bus. south / NM 250 / NM 65 / NM 518 – Taos, Las Vegas
  353.53 568.95 352 Las Vegas Municipal Airport
  357.73 575.71 356 Onava
  362.93 584.08 361 Warren Ranch Road
Mora Watrous 365.64 588.44 364 NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora
368.43 592.93 366 NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora, Fort Union National Monument
Wagon Mound 389.496 626.833 387 NM 120 – Wagon Mound
  394.89 635.51 393 Levy
Colfax   406.19 653.70 404 NM 569 – Colmor
Springer 413.69 665.77 412 To US 56 / US 412 / NM 21 / NM 468 (I-25 Bus. north) – Springer, Clayton
416.26 669.91 414 To US 56 / US 412 / NM 21 / NM 468 (I-25 Bus. south) – Springer
  420.43 676.62 419 NM 58 west – Cimarron
Maxwell 427.611 688.173 426 NM 505 to NM 445 – Maxwell, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
  436.76 702.90 435 Tinaja
  448.423 721.667 446 US 64 west – Taos South end of US 64 overlap
Raton 451.675 726.900 450 I-25 Bus. north (US 64 east) – Raton North end of US 64 overlap
453.19 729.34 451 US 64 / US 87 east – Raton, Clayton, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Amarillo South end of US 87 overlap
454.29 731.11 452 NM 72 east – Folsom
456.213 734.204 454 I-25 Bus. south – Raton
  460 Truck weigh station Final exit in New Mexico
New Mexico – Colorado state line 462.124 743.716 I‑25 / US 85 / US 87 north continues into Colorado
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Map). American Association of State Highway Officials. August 14, 1957. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Interstate Highways" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  3. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 at I-10" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  4. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 in Las Cruces" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  5. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 parallels Elephant Butte Reservoir State Park" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  6. ^ Wilkerson, Lyn (2003). American Trails Revisited: Following in the Footsteps of the Western Pioneers. Lincoln, NE: ¡Universe, Inc. p. 154. ISBN 0595282628. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Google (2013-04-13). "I-25 near Socorro" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  8. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 near Albuquerque" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  9. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 at SR 6" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  10. ^ Google (2013-04-13). "I-25 near Isleta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  11. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 exits in Albuquerque" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  12. ^ a b Bryan, Howard (1989). Albuquerque Remembered. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0826337821. OCLC 62109913. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 at I-40" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  14. ^ "I-25/I-40 System-to-System Interchange". Excellence in highway design. Federal Highway Administration. 2002. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  15. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 nearing Santa Fe" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  16. ^ Julyan, Robert (1998). The Place Names of New Mexico (2nd ed.). University of New Mexico Press. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 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. 
  17. ^ "Glorieta Pass". Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. The Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway Profile. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Google (2007-07-07). "I-25 near Las Vegas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  19. ^ "Raton Pass". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  20. ^ Glassman, Steve (2008). It Happened on the Santa Fe Trail. Morris Publishing. p. ix. ISBN 0762745738. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  21. ^ http://dot.state.nm.us/content/dam/nmdot/Travel_conditions/maps/SW_V9_2_ELEV_RB_2007.pdf


Interstate 25
Previous state:
Terminus
New Mexico Next state:
Colorado

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