New Mexico State Road 9

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State Road 9 marker

State Road 9
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length 109.154 mi[1] (175.666 km)
Major junctions
west end NM 80 near Rodeo

NM 338 in Animas
NM 113
NM 146 in Hachita
NM 81 in Hachita

NM 11 in Columbus
east end CR A003 at the Doña Ana county line
Counties Hidalgo, Grant, Luna
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 8 NM 10
West looking view, (Animas & north Animas Valley), of State Road 9, Chiricahua Mountains massif, of Arizona on horizon. (north perimeter of New Mexico Bootheel)

State Road 9 (NM 9) is a 109.154-mile (175.666 km) long state road in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The highway spans Hidalgo, Grant, and Luna counties from NM 80 to CR A003 at the Doña Ana county line.

Route description[edit]

NM 9 highway generally follows the abandoned railway line built in 1901-02 by El Paso & South Western as the route from Douglas, through New Mexico to El Paso. The railroad was abandoned in 1961 due to lack of cargo, and the railroad tracks were removed a year later.

The highway's western terminus is at NM 80 north of Rodeo, in the San Simon Valley close to the border with Arizona. The route then climbs through Antelope Pass, a gap in the Peloncillo Mountains, into the Animas Valley where it intersects with NM 338 in the town of Animas. A few miles east of Animas, the road again climbs and crosses the Continental Divide the first of three times, then intersects with NM 113 (which goes northbound to I-10). Continuing east, the road crosses the Continental Divide twice in less than 2 miles (3 km), then descends to the Hachita Valley. In Hachita, the road intersects first with NM 146 (which goes northbound to I-10), then with NM 81 (which goes south to Antelope Wells, and into Mexico). From Hachita, NM 9 continues ESE, then generally East to Columbus, where it intersects with NM 11 (which goes north to Deming and south to Puerto Palomas). East of Columbus, NM 9 stays within 3 miles (4.8 km) of the Mexican border. NM 9 officially ends at the Dona Ana County line, but the road continues as Dona Ana County Road A003 to the Pete Domenici Highway (NM 136) just west of El Paso.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Hidalgo 0.000 0.000 NM 80 – Rodeo, Road Forks Western terminus
Animas 13.882 22.341 NM 338 south Western end of concurrency
14.026 22.573 NM 338 north – Cotton City Eastern end of concurrency
28.681 46.158 NM 1113 south (Smelter Road) – Playas Northern terminus of NM 1113
28.773 46.306 NM 113 north (Muir Road) Southern terminus of NM 113
Grant Hachita 44.117 70.999 NM 146 north Southern terminus of NM 146
50.663 81.534 NM 81 south – Antelope Wells Mexico-U.S. border at Antelope Wells
Luna Columbus 87.865 141.405 NM 11 (Columbus Road) – Columbus, Puerto Palomas, Chih.
LunaDoña Ana
county line
109.154 175.666 CR A003 – Santa Teresa Eastern terminus, roadway continues as CR A003 to Santa Teresa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. pp. 3–4. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Google (January 9, 2011). "NM 9" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. p. 5. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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