Highlights of Route 66 New Mexico – In Photos

Route 66 road sign New Mexico

You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015, a journey we undertook in a bright green Jucy campervan. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights.

I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things.

As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!

 

Whiting Bros New Mexico Sign Route 66

New Mexico isn’t short on old signs from bygone businesses.

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Or shops selling cowboy hats.

Abandoned car and buildings Route 66 New Mexico

Or seriously creepy looking abandoned motels.

Abandoned Motel Route 66 New Mexico

I mean, you can pretty much see a horror movie being filmed here, right?

Albuquerque New Mexico

Ah, Albuquerque. One day I shall visit and it will be sunny.

Badlands Burgers New Mexico

This burger joint was supposed to be awesome. Then it went out of business. Sigh.

Chillies New Mexico

New Mexico is *all* about the chillies.

Church Santa Fe Route 66 New Mexico

And the old buildings.

Continental Divide Route 66 New Mexico

New Mexico is also where we crossed the continental divide. If you’re not up to speed with geography, this is where the rainwater makes it’s decision as to where to flow – to the East, and the Atlantic Ocean, or West, to the Pacific.

Digger Car Route 66 New Mexico

I’ve often thought that a backhoe would be the logical addition to most cars.

Garage Route 66 New Mexico

Of course, there are plenty of old gas stations, in various states of use and repair.

Gas Station Route 66 New Mexico

And some newer ones, looking pretty good!

Giant Sombrero Route 66 New Mexico

Giant things are a thing in New Mexico too. In this case, a giant sombrero restaurant.

Jucy Route 66 New Mexico

Our trusty steed. We couldn’t find a pole to park her up.

Jucy Route 66 Route 66 New Mexico

It really is a legendary road. Even this sign agrees.

Motel Safari Route 66 New Mexico

Loads of classic old motels along this stretch of Route 66.

Old Gas station 2 Route 66 New Mexico

And gas stations that haven’t quite survived the test of time.

Old house Route 66 New Mexico

Crumbly old buildings are a thing too.

Petroglyphs New Mexico

The Petroglyphs just outside Albuquerque were worth a visit.

Road sign collection New Mexico

Sometimes you’ve just got to put your sign collection somewhere.

Roarin' 20's sign New Mexico

This place didn’t look open anymore, but the sign was cool.

Route 55 Diner New Mexico

This is one of the more famous diners on Route 66.

Route 66 Blue Swallow Motel

And this is probably the most famous motel on the whole route.

Route 66 Bridge New Mexico

One of the original Route 66 bridges.

Route 66 Casino New Mexico

And of course there’s a casino. I lost at least a dollar in here.

Route 66 Sign New Mexico

Got to love having signs to guide you on your way.

Santa Fe Railyard Route 66 New Mexico

Santa Fe was on one of the versions of Route 66 (variants of the road changed over the years), so of course we had to visit.

Tee Pee Curios Route 66 New Mexico

All shops should be shaped like concrete tee-pees. This is a must-stop on the route.

Texas Steak House Advert Route 66 New Mexico

As you drive through New Mexico, these signs for steak in Amarillo start popping up. They worked on us.

Wall art Route 66 New Mexico

And to finish off, a mural! There are loads of murals throughout the states on Route 66, and they were always worth a look. This one depicts a horse hiding from his owner. You’ll have to do the drive yourself to find out where the owner is though!

Tips for Planning your own Route 66 Adventure

If you’re planning your own Route 66 adventure, we’ve got a bit of reading for you!



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