U.S. Route 60 in New Mexico
US 60 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length||366.982 mi (590.600 km)|
|Existed||June 8, 1931–present|
|History||Original route of US 70|
|West end||US 60 at Arizona state line|
|East end||US 60 at Texas state line|
|Counties||Catron, Socorro, Torrance, Guadalupe, De Baca, Roosevelt, Curry|
US 60 enters New Mexico in Catron County east of Springerville, Arizona. The road makes an arc through Catron County, with the apex at Quemado, avoiding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and Escondido Mountain. East of Pie Town, the road crosses the Continental Divide.
East of Datil, US 60 traverses the northern end of the Plains of San Augustin, then crosses the county line into Socorro County. The road bisects the Very Large Array complex and a track used in rearranging the antennas that make up the Array crosses the highway. Some 36 miles (58 km) into the county, the highway passes through Magdalena.
US 60 splits from I-25 near Bernardo, about 25 miles (40 km) north of Socorro. It turns back eastward, rising through Abo Pass at the southern end of the Manzano Mountains before crossing into Torrance County and passing through Mountainair, where it intersects NM 55. After passing through Willard, it sets out across the Pedernal Hills. In Encino, it begins a concurrency with US 285. Just after crossing into Guadalupe County, US 54 joins the concurrency. The three highways pass through Vaughn and then go their separate ways; US 285 heads southeast towards the direction of Roswell, US 54 heads northeast towards both Santa Rosa and I-40, and US 60 heads east towards Clovis.
US 60 angles southeast toward Yeso, entering De Baca County en route. Curving back towards the east, the road enters Fort Sumner, the county seat, 21 miles (34 km) later. Just west of town, it serves as the northern terminus of NM 20, and in Fort Sumner proper, it overlaps US 84, which will persist until just before the Texas border. East of town the two highways encounter NM 212, a spur to Fort Sumner State Monument, and NM 252 in Taiban.
US 60/US 84 passes through Tolar near the De Baca–Roosevelt county line. The two routes do not stay in Roosevelt County for long, however, proceeding into Curry County west of Melrose. The highways pass through Melrose, St. Vrain, and Grier before widening out to a four-lane highway as they approach Clovis, the Curry County seat. In Clovis, the home of Cannon Air Force Base, the highways meet up with US 70, which joins the concurrency. The three highways proceed through Texico, and just before the Texas state line, US 60 leaves the concurrency and heads northeast while US 70/US 84 continues eastward.
For the distance of more than 300 miles (480 km) between Abo Pass and Amarillo, the highway parallels the Southern Transcon, one of the busiest transcontinental railroads in the west.
|Catron||||0.000||0.000||US 60 west – Springerville||Western terminus|
|Pie Town||NM 603|
|I-25 south (US 85 south)||Western end of I-25/US 85 concurrency|
|||I-25 north (US 85 north)||Eastern end of I-25/US 85 concurrency|
|Encino||US 285 north||Western end of US 285 concurrency|
|Guadalupe||Vaughn||US 54 west||Western end of US 54 concurrency|
|US 285 south||Eastern end of US 285 concurrency|
|US 54 east||Eastern end of US 54 concurrency|
|De Baca||Fort Sumner||NM 20|
|US 84 west||Western end of US 84 concurrency|
|Tolar||Old NM 86|
||No major junctions|
|US 70 / NM 209 north||Western end of US 70 concurrency; southern terminus of NM 209|
|Texico||NM 108 north|
|US 70 / US 84 east||Eastern end of US 70/US 84 concurrency|
|||366.982||590.600||US 60 east – Hereford||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Weingroff, Richard (June 18, 2003). "U.S. Route 666: "Beast of a Highway"?". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
- "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 20. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
- Rand McNally (2008). "New Mexico" (Map). The Road Atlas (2008 Large Scale ed.). Chicago: Rand McNally. p. 130.[full citation needed]
- "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. pp. 5–7. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
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