Route 66 in New Mexico historically provided one of the earliest east - west corridors across the state - eventually replaced by Interstate 40. However, many segments of the Route 66 corridor are still very well preserved, and used today through historic down towns of the communities that grew historically along it's corridor, and generally along the I-40 corridor. Many of these communities along the corridor participate in preserving memorabilia, neon signage, and other attributes conveying the history of this "mother road". In Northwest New Mexico, you can find much of this evidence in the communities (Albuquerque, Grants, Milan and Gallup) and Pueblos (Acoma and Laguna) along the historic corridor that paralels I-40. Historically, this corridor provided first encounters for many Americans, with the longstanding Native American and Spanish cultures of the southwest - these cultures remain colorfully vibrant today along the byway. There are so many cultural, historic, archaeological, artistic, event, adventure, cuisine, parks, monuments, and other opportunities along this corridor in Northwest New Mexico, a visitor could easily spend a week and not take it all in!
New Mexico boasts many miles of unbroken streches of the old Route 66 corridor, with abundant hospitality opportunities along the way for lodging or cuisine and incredibly scenic and picturesque views. Many convenience stores and trading posts along the corridor, offer byway memorabilia. For more information, contact the New Mexico Route 66 Byway Association (email@example.com), or the Grants (505-287-4802) or Gallup (106 W. Historic 66 / 800-380-4989) Chambers of Commerce.