List of U.S. Routes in New Mexico
Standard route signage in New Mexico
|Length:||2,980.838 mi[n 1] (4,797.194 km)|
|Interstates:||Interstate XX (I-XX)|
|US Routes:||U.S. Route XX (US XX)|
|State:||State Road XX (NM XX)|
U.S. Routes in the U.S. state of New Mexico account for 2,980.838 miles (4,797.194 km) of the state highway system. The first United States Numbered Highways U.S. Routes were formed in 1926, and served as the primary thoroughfares across the entire state. Twenty six of the 33 counties in New Mexico are served by current U.S. Routes. The only counties lacking U.S. Route coverage are: Bernalillo, Cibola, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Sierra, and Valencia.
One decommissioned U.S. Route, U.S. Route 66, colloquially known as the nations Mother Road, and briefly known as U.S. Route 60, crossed through Northern New Mexico, connecting the cities of Albuquerque and Gallup. The state recognized its historical value, and has posted commemorative signs, and has pained the old shield on some of the roadways that make up the path of the former highway, such as New Mexico State Road 33. Other highways have been renamed or renumbered, such as U.S. Route 491, which was formerly U.S. Route 666. With the 666 designation, the road was nicknamed Devil's Highway because of the common Christian belief that 666 is the Number of the Beast. The effort to get the route renumbered was led by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
The longest current U.S. Route in New Mexico is U.S. Route 70, spanning 448.264 miles (721.411 km) across southern New Mexico, while the shortest is U.S. Route 160, which clips the extreme northwestern corner of the state, measuring 0.86 miles (1.38 km) long between the Arizona and Colorado borders. U.S. Route 160, in conjunction with New Mexico State Road 597, provide access to the Four Corners Monument where the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet.
|Number||South or west terminus||North or east terminus||Length (mi)||Length (km)||Notes|
|US 54||US 54 at the Texas state line||US 54 at the Texas state line||356.076||573.049|
|US 56||I-25 Bus. in Springer||US-56 at the Oklahoma state line||94.172||151.555|
|US 60||US 60 at the Arizona state line||US 60 at the Texas state line||397.895||640.350|
|US 62||US 62 at the Texas state line||US 62 at the Texas state line||109.710||176.561|
|US 64||US 64 at the Arizona state line||US 56 in Clayton||430.634||693.038|
|US 70||US 70 at the Arizona state line||US 70 at the Texas state line||448.264||721.411|
|US 82||US 54 near Alamogordo||US 82 at the Texas state line||192.557||309.890|
|US 84||US 60 in Fort Sumner||US 84 at the Colorado state line||288.864||464.882|
|US 87||US 87 at the Texas state line||US 56 / US 64 near Clayton||9.496||15.282|
|US 160||US 160 at the Arizona state line||US 160 at the Colorado state line||0.861||1.386||Was formerly US 164|
|US 180||US 180 at the Arizona state line||I-10 Bus. in Deming||163.634||263.343|
|US 285||US 285 at the Texas state line||US 285 at the Colorado state line||412.654||664.102|
|US 380||I-25 near San Antonio||US 380 at the Texas state line||242.092||389.609|
|US 491||I-40 / NM 602 in Gallup||US 491 at the Colorado state line||107.308||172.695||Was formerly US 666|
|US 550||I-25 in Bernalillo||US 550 at the Colorado state line||174.885||281.450|
|Number||South or west terminus||North or east terminus||Added||Removed||Notes|
|US 66||US 66 at the Arizona state line||US 66 at the Texas state line||1926||1985||Replaced by I-40. Also known as the Mother Road.|
|US 80||US 80 at the Arizona state line||US 80 at the Texas state line||1926||1991||Replaced by I-10. Formed part of the Dixie Overland Highway.|
|US 85||US 85 at the Texas state line||US 85 at the Colorado state line||1926||Replaced by I-10 and I-25. New Mexico portion still recognized by AASHTO.|
|US 164||US 164 at the Arizona state line||US 164 at the Colorado state line||Renumbered US 160|
|US 366||US 366 at the Texas state line||US 566 near Lincoln||1926||Replaced by US 54|
|US 385||US 64||US 385 at the Texas state line||1926||Replaced by US 87|
|US 412||I-25 / US 85 at Springer||US-56 / US-64 / US-412 at the Oklahoma state line||Replaced by US 56. New Mexico portion still recognized by AASHTO.|
|US 485||US 85 near Santa Fe||US 85 near Raton||1926||Replaced by US 64|
|US 566||US 85 near Socorro||US 70 in Clovis||1926||Replaced by US 380|
|US 666||I-40 / NM 602 in Gallup||US 666 at the Colorado state line||1926||2003||Renumbered US 491. Also known as the Devil's Highway.|
- Sum of the mileage of current U.S. Routes listed, and cited, on this page.
- United States System of Highways (Map). Bureau of Public Roads, United States Department of Agriculture. November 11, 1926. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "State Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- McClure, Rosemary (November 29, 2010). "Get your kicks on Route 66 -- and 499 other great highways". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- Auto Road Atlas (Map). Rand McNally. 1926. p. 69. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- "Route 66 Stencil Project In Moriaty" (PDF). ¿Que Pasa? (New Mexico Department of Transportation). August 2005. p. 4. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- Weingroff, Richard F (June 18, 2003). "U.S. 666: Beast of a Highway?". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved November 11, 2007.
- Google (November 26, 2010). "NM 597" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- "No more kicks on Route 66". Eugene Register-Guard (Guard Publishing Co.). Associated Press. June 29, 1985. p. 10A. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- Weingroff, Richard F. (April 6, 2010). "U.S. Route 80 The Dixie Overland Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
- "U.S. Route Number Database". Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. December 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2013.