Interstate 25 in New Mexico
|U.S. Route 85|
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length||462.124 mi (743.716 km)|
|South end||I-10 / US 85 / US 180 in Las Cruces|
|North end||I-25 / US 85 / US 87 near Raton|
|Counties||Doña Ana, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax|
Interstate 25 (I-25) in the US state of New Mexico follows the north–south corridor through Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It replaced U.S. Route 85 (US 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 (740 km) 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.
I-25 begins at I-10's exit 144 in Las Cruces (elevation 4,000 feet (1,200 m)), just south of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) campus. I-25 is concurrent with US 85 at this point, and carries US 85 concurrently for the remainder of its run in New Mexico, save for a 4-mile (6.4 km) through Las Vegas where unsigned US 85 follows Interstate 25 Business (I-25 Bus., Business Loop 15) through the town. Immediately, the Interstate passes east of the NMSU 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 US 70. Upon exiting the city, the speed limit increases by 10 mph (16 km/h) to 75 mph (121 km/h). 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 US 380 and a concurrency with US 60. State Road 6 (NM 6), the original US 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 (2.4 km) 55-mile-per-hour (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 I-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-mile-per-hour (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. It climbs out of the Rio Grande Valley at a steep hill called La Bajada 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Santa Fe.
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 (743.716 km) long in New Mexico.
|Doña Ana||Las Cruces||0.00||0.00||I-10 east (US 85 south / US 180 east) – El Paso||National southern terminus; southern end of US 85 concurrency; I-10 exit 144; tri-stack interchange; US 85 continues south on I-10/US 180 east to Texas state line|
|—||I-10 west (US 180 west) – Deming||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-10 exit 144; tri-stack interchange|
|2.27||3.65||1||University Avenue||Access to New Mexico State University|
|6.91||11.12||6||US 70 / Del Rey Boulevard – Las Cruces, Alamogordo, White Sands National Park, White Sands Missile Range|
|10.59||17.04||9||NM 320 – Doña Ana|
|Radium Springs||19.82||31.90||19||NM 157 – Radium Springs||Leasburg Dam State Park, Ft. Selden State Monument|
|Rincon||36.48||58.71||35||NM 140 west – Rincon|
|Hatch||42.22||67.95||41||NM 26 west – Hatch, Deming, Lordsburg|
|Sierra||Garfield||52.02||83.72||51||NM 546 – Garfield, Salem|
|Caballo Lake||60.48||97.33||59||NM 187 – Caballo, Percha State Parks|
|Caballo||64.75||104.21||63||NM 152 – Hillsboro, Silver City|
|Williamsburg||75.99||122.29||75||I-25 BL north – Truth or Consequences, Williamsburg|
|Truth or Consequences||80.13||128.96||79||I-25 BL south – Truth or Consequences|
|84.74||136.38||83||NM 195 (NM 181) – Elephant Butte, Elephant Butte Lake State Park|
NM 181 to NM 52 – Cuchillo, Monticello
|||92.66||149.12||92||NM 1 – Mitchell Point||Elephant Butte Lake State Park|
|||101.41||163.20||100||NM 1 – Red Rock|
|Socorro||||116.23||187.05||115||NM 107 – Magdalena, Camino Real International Heritage Center|
|||125.55||202.05||124||San Marcial, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge|
|San Antonio||140.33||225.84||139||US 380 east – San Antonio, Carrizozo, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge|
I-25 BL north to US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena
|151.47||243.77||150||I-25 BL south / US 60 west – Socorro, Magdalena||South end of US 60 overlap|
|Lemitar||157.25||253.07||156||NM 408 – Lemitar|
|La Joya||170.97||275.15||169||Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge|
|||176.34||283.79||175||US 60 east (NM 116) – Bernardo, Mountainair||North end of US 60 overlap|
|Valencia||Belen||191.37||307.98||190||I-25 BL north – Belen, South Belen|
|193.01||310.62||191||Camino del Llano|
|197.09||317.19||195||I-25 BL south – Belen|
|Los Lunas||204.42||328.98||203||NM 6 – Los Lunas|
NM 317 to NM 45 (Coors Blvd) – Isleta Pueblo
|To NM 314 (Isleta Blvd.)|
|||214.71||345.54||213||NM 314 (Isleta Boulevard)|
|Albuquerque||216.56||348.52||215||NM 47 (Broadway) – Bosque Farms, Peralta|
|217.10||349.39||217||Mesa Del Sol Boulevard||Proposed Interchange for Mesa del Sol|
|218.70||351.96||218||Bobby Foster Road||Proposed Interchange for Mesa del Sol|
|221.61||356.65||220||NM 500 (Rio Bravo Boulevard)|
|223.24||359.27||221||Sunport Boulevard – ABQ International Sunport|
|224.09||360.64||222||Gibson Boulevard – Kirtland AFB||Signed as exits 222A (east) and 222B (west) southbound|
|224.80||361.78||223||Avenida Cesar Chavez|
|224A||Coal Avenue / Lead Avenue / Central Avenue||Northbound access via Oak Street, southbound via Locust Street; northbound exit serves Presbyterian Hospital; Central Ave. not signed southbound|
|225.73||363.28||224B||Historic US 66 (Central Avenue) / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue||Northbound access via Oak Street, southbound via Locust Street; serves Lovelace Medical Center - Downtown; Hist. US 66 (Central Ave.) not signed northbound|
|226.34||364.26||225||Lomas Boulevard / Menaul Boulevard / Candelaria Road – Local Traffic||Southbound signed as "Lomas Blvd." only; serves Heart Hospital of New Mexico and Kindred Hospital Albuquerque|
|227.36||365.90||226A-B||I-40 (Coronado Freeway) – Gallup, Santa Rosa||Signed as exits 226A (east) and 226B (west); I-40 exits 159B-C; Big I interchange.|
|228.69||368.04||227||Comanche Road / Griegos Road / Candelaria Road / Menaul Boulevard||Griegos Rd. not signed southbound, Candelaria Rd. and Menaul Blvd. not signed northbound|
|229.62||369.54||228||Montgomery Boulevard / Montaño Road||Montaño Rd. is west of I-25, Montgomery Blvd. is east of I-25|
|231.57||372.68||230||San Mateo Boulevard / Osuna Road|
|232.09||373.51||231||San Antonio Avenue / Ellison Road / Osuna Road|
|233.06||375.07||232||NM 423 (Paseo del Norte)|
|233.79||376.25||233||NM 528 (Alameda Boulevard)|
|Sandia Pueblo Nation||235.15||378.44||234||NM 556 (Tramway Road / Roy Avenue)|
|Sandoval||Bernalillo||241.86||389.24||240||NM 473 (Avenida Bernalillo)|
|243.38||391.68||242||US 550 north / NM 165 east – Placitas, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho||Former NM 44|
|||249.10||400.89||248||NM 315 / Historic US 66 – Algodones|
|||253.60||408.13||252||San Felipe Pueblo|
|||258.73||416.39||257||Budaghers||Mormon Battalion Memorial on west side about a mile south of the exit. Wagon ruts visible on both east and west side of highway.|
|||260.43||419.12||259||NM 22 – Santo Domingo Pueblo|
|Santa Fe||||265.96||428.02||264||NM 16 – Cochiti Pueblo|
|||268.55||432.19||267||Waldo Canyon Road|
|La Cienega||272.77||438.98||271||CR 50F – La Cienega|
|||276.89||445.61||276||NM 14 south / NM 599 north (Santa Fe Relief Route) – Madrid|
|Santa Fe||278.75||448.60||278||NM 14 (Cerrillos Road)||Signed as exits 278A (south) and 278B (north) southbound|
|283.63||456.46||282||US 84 / US 285 north (St. Francis Drive) / Frontage Road – Santa Fe Plaza, Española, Los Alamos, Taos||West end of US 84/US 285 overlap; signed as exits 282A (Frontage Road) and 282B (US 84/US 285) southbound|
|285.14||458.89||284||NM 466 (Old Pecos Trail)|
|||291.56||469.22||290||US 285 south (NM 300) – Clines Corners||East end of US 285 overlap|
|||295.14||474.98||294||Cañoncito at Apache Canyon|
|||300.28||483.25||299||NM 50 – Glorieta, Pecos|
|San Miguel||||308.87||497.08||307||NM 63 – Pecos, Rowe, Pecos National Historic Park|
|Sands||321.48||517.37||319||San Jose, San Juan|
|||324.25||521.83||323||NM 3 south – Villanueva|
|||340.97||548.74||339||US 84 south – Romeroville, Santa Rosa||East end of US 84 overlap|
I-25 BL north to NM 329 / NM 283 – Las Vegas
|Access to NM 283 via frontage road|
NM 104 (University Avenue) to I-25 BL / NM 65
I-25 BL south to NM 65 / NM 518 – Las Vegas, Taos
|||353.29||568.57||352||Airport||Access via NM 250|
|||362.65||583.63||361||Warren Ranch Road|
NM 161 to NM 97 – Watrous, Valmora
|Wagon Mound||389.01||626.05||387||NM 120 – Wagon Mound|
|Colfax||||405.82||653.10||404||NM 569 – Colmor|
To US 56 (US 412) / NM 21 / NM 468 – Springer, Museum
|Access via unsigned I-25 BL; serves Santa Fe Trail Museum|
|||420.20||676.25||419||NM 58 west – Cimarron|
NM 505 to NM 445 – Maxwell, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
|||448.01||721.00||446||US 64 west – Taos||South end of US 64 overlap|
|Raton||451.25||726.22||450||I-25 BL north (US 64 east) – Raton||North end of US 64 overlap|
|452.72||728.58||451||US 87 east / US 64 – Raton, Clayton||South end of US 87 overlap|
|453.84||730.38||452||NM 72 east – Folsom|
|455.80||733.54||454||I-25 BL south – Raton|
|New Mexico–Colorado line||461.72||743.07||460||Truck weigh station||First southbound exit in New Mexico; exit not signed northbound|
|I-25 north (US 85 / US 87 north) – Trinidad, Denver||Continuation into Colorado|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
I-25 in New Mexico currently has no auxiliary Interstates but it has six active business routes. The active business routes are located in Williamsburg–Truth or Consequences, Socorro, Belen, Las Vegas, Springer, and Raton. There was one other business route that was located in Santa Fe but was decommissioned.
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La Bajada hill is located 11 miles [18 km] 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 [2.4 km] 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 [8.0 km] 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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