U.S. Route 285 in New Mexico

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 285 in New Mexico. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 285.

U.S. Route 285 marker

U.S. Route 285
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length: 412 mi (663 km)
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 285 at Texas state line
  US 62 / US 180 in Carlsbad
US 82 in Artesia
US 70 / US 380 in Roswell
US 54 / US 60 near Vaughn
I-40 in Clines Corners
I-25 / US 84 / US 85 in Santa Fe
US 64 in Tres Piedras
North end: US 285 at Colorado state line
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 284 NM 286

U.S. Route 285 (US 285) is a north–south U.S. highway that runs from Sanderson, TX to Denver, CO. In the state of New Mexico, US 285 enters the state from Texas south of Loving. The highway runs through the major cities of Carlsbad, Roswell, and Santa Fe. The highway exits the state into Colorado approximately 25 miles north of Tres Piedras.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Route 285 enters New Mexico from Texas approximately 23 miles south of Loving. As U.S. 285 traverses north on the eastern plains of New Mexico, it passes through the towns of Carlsbad, Artesia and then Roswell. In Artesia, the route intersects with U.S. Route 82. In Carlsbad, U.S. 285 has an overlap with U.S. 62/180 through the town. In Roswell, the route intersects with U.S. Route 70 and U.S. Route 380, having a short overlap with U.S. 70. The route next heads northwest to Vaughn where it has a brief concurrency with U.S. Route 54 and U.S. Route 60. The route then continues northwest and has a junction with Interstate 40 at Clines Corners.

Heading north out of Clines Corners, the route continues towards the state capital. At the outskirts of Santa Fe, the route becomes concurrent with I-25, U.S. Route 84, and its unsigned parent (U.S. Route 85) for several miles heading west through the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains to Santa Fe. After exiting I-25, US 285 follows Saint Francis Drive through Santa Fe. The route continues north by northwest to Española and Chamita, where the concurrency with US 84 ends. The route then traverses the Carson National Forest where U.S. 285 now makes a long climb up to the Colorado Plateau, passing through Ojo Caliente as it ascends to the San Luis Valley. After crossing US 64, the highway passes through the village of Tres Piedras, New Mexico at the south end of the valley, then proceeds north to the Colorado border near the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Eddy US 285 south – Pecos Continuation into Texas
Loving NM 387 north
NM 31 north – Hobbs
NM 216 north
Carlsbad US 62 west / US 180 west – El Paso South end of US 62/180 overlap
NM 216 south
NM 524 north
US 62 east / US 180 east – Hobbs North end of US 62/180 overlap
NM 524 south
NM 137 south – Queen
NM 381 east – Brantley Lake
NM 229 north
Atoka NM 335 east
Artesia US 82 – Alamogordo, Lovington
NM 357 east
NM 229 south
NM 2 north – Hagerman, Dexter
NM 350
EddyChaves
county line
NM 438
Chaves NM 13 west
NM 2 south – Dexter, Hagerman
Roswell US 70 west / US 380 – Mescalero, Capitan, Tatum South end of US 70 overlap
NM 246 west

US 70 east / US 70 Truck west – Portales, Mescalero
Interchange; north end of US 70 overlap
NM 20 north – Fort Sumner
De Baca NM 247 west – Corona
Lincoln
No major junctions
Guadalupe US 54 east / US 60 east – Santa Rosa, Fort Sumner South end of US 54/60 overlap
US 54 east – Alamogordo North end of US 54 overlap
Torrance Encino NM 3 – Duran, Villanueva
US 60 west – Willard North end of US 60 overlap
Clines Corners I-40 – Albuquerque, Santa Rosa I-40 exit 218
San Miguel
No major junctions
Santa Fe NM 34 north – Pecos
NM 41 south – Moriarty
Eldorado at Santa Fe I-25 north (US 85 north) / US 84 east / NM 300 north – Las Vegas South end of I-25/US 84/85 overlap; I-25 exit 290
Santa Fe 284 NM 466 (Old Pecos Trail)
I-25 south (US 85 south) – Albuquerque North end of I-25/US 85 overlap; I-25 exit 282
NM 300 (Rodeo Road)
NM 466 (St. Michaels Drive) Interchange
NM 14 south (Cerrillos Road)
NM 475 east (Paseo de Peralta) – State Capitol
Guadalupe Street – State Capitol Interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
166 NM 599 south (Veterans Memorial Highway) Interchange; south end of freeway
168 County Road 73/Opera Drive/Avenida Monte Sereno – Tesuque
171 Flea Market Road
Tesuque 172 County Road 73 – Tesuque
175 Camel Rock Road
Cuyamungue 176 Cuyamungue
177 Buffalo Thunder Road
Pojoaque NM 502 west – Los Alamos Interchange; north end of freeway
NM 503 east – Cundiyo
183 Frontage Road Interchange
Rio Arriba Sombrillo NM 399 south / NM 106 north – Sombrillo
Española NM 68 north (Riverside Drive)
NM 30 south – Los Alamos
NM 584 east (Fairview Lane)
NM 74 east
US 84 west – Tierra Amarilla North end of US 84 overlap
Taos Ojo Caliente NM 414 north
NM 111 north – La Madera
NM 567 east – Carson
Tres Piedras US 64 – Tierra Amarilla, Taos
US 285 north – Antonito Continuation into Colorado
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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U.S. Route 285
Previous state:
Texas
New Mexico Next state:
Colorado