New Mexico State Road 161

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State Road 161 marker

State Road 161
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length: 31.902 mi[1] (51.341 km)
Major junctions
West end: NM 518 near La Cueva

I-25 / US 85 near Watrous

NM 97 near Watrous
East end: U.S. National Park Service Fort Union National Monument
Counties: Mora
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
US 160 NM 162

State Road 161 is a 31.9 mi (51.3 km) long state highway in northeastern New Mexico. NM 161 begins in the west at its junction with New Mexico State Road 518 several miles south of the unincorporated community of La Cueva. The road travels southeast through remote, sparsely populated land before reaching a junction with Interstate 25 at Watrous. From there, the road turns northeast and briefly parallels I-25 before cutting back to the northwest for roughly seven miles before terminating at Fort Union National Monument. Shortly before reaching Fort Union, NM 161 crosses the former path of the Santa Fe Trail which is still visible as a broad, shallow ditch or low spot in the terrain.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Mora County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Buena Vista 0.000 0.000 NM 518 – Las Vegas, Mora Western terminus
21.758 35.016 I-25 / US 85 – Albuquerque, Santa Fe I-25 Exit 364
22.758 36.625 NM 97 – Shoemaker
23.717 38.169 I-25 / US 85 – Raton, Denver, CO I-25 Exit 366
31.902 51.341 U.S. National Park Service Fort Union National Monument Eastern terminus
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. p. 38. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. p. 32. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata

Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 161 at OpenStreetMap