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Northern-Central NM Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


3   in New Mexico New Mexico345 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Northern-Central NM Loop

By MCR Contributor
on May 15, 2011

4.8out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start Albuquerque, NM. I-25 North to Bernalillo, exit 242 Highway 550. Highway 550 west to San Ysidro, NM Hwy 4. NM Hwy 4 north through Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Valles Caldera to Hwy 501. Hwy 501 through Los Alamos, San Ildefonso Pueblo to Hwy 285. Hwy 285 north to Hwy 503 east to Hwy 76. Hwy 76 east to Hwy 518, just east of Penasco. Hwy 518 south to Las Vegas, NM. Interstate 25 south from Las Vegas to Hwy 285, Lamy exit 290. Hwy 285 south to Hwy 41 to Galisteo, NM. In Galisteo, turn right (north) at the old church. Stay on road north until reaching Hwy 14. South on Hwy 14 through Madrid and Cedar Crest to Historic Route 66. Route 66 west to Albuquerque.

Scenery

None better, especially in the fall. Rocky Mountains, National Forests, and high desert. Route can be shorted or modified for any length and desired scenery.

Road Quality

Excellent in some places, a bit poor in others. Minor construction delays but worth it knowing the improvements are being made. Stretch from Sipapu to Las Vegas is EXCELLENT! Open the throttle and take in the scenery.

Roadside Amenities

Plenty of gas stops and eateries along the way. Everything from hole-in-the-wall diners to fast food chains to upscale dining. Rider's choice. Personally recommend Plaza Burgers in Las Vegas. NM.

Additional Info

Nickname (optional) : Patrick

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By CheeseheadChuck
on March 25, 2015 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I was heading out to see the Grand Canyon from Memphis and I chose this road as one of my scenic route detours. Best choice I made on the entire trip. I rode the north part of the loop from Las Vegas to Rio Rancho. I thoroughly enjoyed the Carson National Forest, as well as Los Alamos. And the drive along the Rio Grande was spectacular as well. My thanks to the author of this route. It was one of the best parts of the 5,000 mile trip.

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By airhead
on November 2, 2011 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1983

Motorcycle Make BMW R100RS

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

One of my favorite NM rides. Beautiful scenery with lots of twisties. Try the Spic n' Span Diner in Las Vegas.

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By MCR Contributor
on May 16, 2011 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type

rating would be alot higher except all the really good twisties are heavily occupied by slow drivers, scenery gawkers and cops. the scenery is very nice (esp on 4 and 536) but high traffic really ruined it for me (taking a 35mph posted turn at 5-10mph because of slow drivers really gets old fast) If you are lucky enough to go on a weekday in the fall the trees will be stunning, but watch out for snow/ice patches

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By Guest
on June 4, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

What a great ride this is. Highly recommend it. The roads were clean and the traffic was non-existant. Recommend "The Ranch House" resturant in Santa Fe. Just north of 25 on 14 a couple blocks. Great upscale food at a very reasonable price.

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By TGracchus
on July 6, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

One of my favorite routes. I usually cut off the bit to Las Vegas to finish up in an easy day, so I head down to NM14 through Santa Fe. I always stop at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op to fill up a growler, and I have an early dinner at Mineshaft Tavern in Madrid

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