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The Ancient Way Arts Trail & Scenic Bypass

Scenic Byways or Routes
A symbol of the Ancient Way Arts Trail

Discover the diversity of arts, culture, heritage and scenic beauty along the Ancient Way Arts Trail in northwest New Mexico — New Mexico's first multi-arts trail, as well as the southern link of the Trail of the Ancients Byway! Cultures as varied as Navajo, Zuni, Hispanic, Anglo and Mormon reveal the rich, complex character of this special place through artistry as recent as today or as ancient as history itself. Travel the Ancient Way Arts Trail to immerse yourself in the beauty of artistic creativity, nature's artwork in the landscape, and multi-cultural tradition that dates back to the days of the Anasazi residents.

Driving Directions

There are four entry points to the Ancient Way Arts Trail & Scenic Byway. 1) The intersection of I-40 and highway 53 in Grants, NM, heading south along highway 53. 2) The intersection of I-40 and Highway 602 in Gallup NM, heading south on Highway 602. 3) Highway 53, in Zuni, NM heading east towards Ramah. 4) BIA road 125, at Pinehill, NM, headed north to highway 53 The Ancient way Arts Trail follows Highway 53 between Zuni, NM and Grants, NM and North from the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 602 to Gallup, and south on BIA road 125 to Pinehill, NM. Please see for an interactive road map.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

Along the Ancient Way Arts Trail, there are over twenty-seven participating arts sites that represent more than six hundred and fifty superior artists. Many thousands of other active regional artists and possibly hundreds of arts businesses and trading posts lie within easy reach of the Ancient Way Arts Trail & Trail of the Ancient Along the 74 miles of this by-way, in addition to the multitude of artwork, you will travel through 1) two National Monuments, a National Conservation Area, and a National Forest. 2) visit five New Mexico Historic Markers; 3) travel through two Indian Reservations; 4) travel through five vegetation zones; 5) see three of the four major volcanoes types found in the area and all of the major lava flows; 6) follow 58 miles of a trade and exploration route that has been in use since about 900 A.D.; 7) visit the Zuni Pueblo that has been inhabited since 1100 A.D.; 8) visit the sites of three villages that were established in the late 1870's and 1880's

Length of Byway or Route

74 miles

Nearby Places