MICHEL Country Music Journalist
Route 66 in New Mexico
from Glenrio to Gallup; 377 Miles
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Mexico Route 66 Association
takes much care of the road's historic icons.
We entered New Mexico, the last 66 state for this year's holiday.
San Jon: an abandoned motel
On the way to Tucumcari, once the motel capital of Route 66.
Still there are many old establishments operating in town
Great neons of some of the remaining motels. Once, Tucumcari had more than 2'000 rooms available for weary travelers.
Passing Montoya, Newkirk and Cuervo,
we arrived in Santa Rosa.
A must for dinner is Joseph's
From Santa Rosa, you can either drive the newer alignment to Albuquerque, or the pre-1937 alignment, that routes via Santa Fe. Listed here first is the description of Post-1937.
On the road to Budville.
Clines Corners has recently changed owners. Unclear future.
Old stuff along Moriarty and Tijeras, before arriving
On Central Avenue (Route 66):many vintage treasures
Old Town Albuquerque is worth a visit. Stroll around, wine and dine.
We went back to Santa Rosa and started the tour along the Pre-1937 alignment.
This road took us into Los Montoyas and soon we reached
and finally, we were in Santa Fe.
Old alignments on the way to Albuquerque.
Entering Albuquerque on the pre-1937 alignment leads you through Los Ranchos
Another "Modern Cabins" and a Whiting Brothers station on the way to
The Bluewater Motel. When we passed by, there was a repair shop on the property.
We finally reached the Continental Divide
and Gallup. See the El Rancho Hotel or the
Texaco station across the street, operated by the same family since 1939
We reached the New Mexico border at Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post