Motorcycle Route Author
By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jan 31, 2000
Written DirectionsThe route starts in the town of Bernalillo, NM just off of I-25. From Bernalillo, take US 550 (Rte 44) north for about 20 miles and then get on Rte 4 heading north to the town of San Ysidro. Stay on this road until you go through the town of Totavi and then look for Rte 30. Take route 30 heading north towards the town of Espanola. Before you get to Espanola, Rte 4 will run into Rte 84 which you want to take north (left) towards the town of Abiquiu. Continue on Rte 84 past Abiquiu till you reach the routes end at the Echo Amphitheater.
SceneryOn this route you will see some great New Mexico scenery and get to see some really significant historical sites that include ancient Indian cliff dwellings and the famous town where the Atomic Bomb was developed. Part of the great beauty of this route is that you get to see so some of the great varieties of Southwestern US scenery. You start out traveling through arid, orange colored rocky canyons that are a great display of classic southwest scenery. The walls of rock line the road and look as though they are going to escort the road forever. Later on the route you'll climb into the mountains and be taken to lush, alpine scenery that you normally picture when you think of states like Colorado or Montana. Then you'll find yourself finishing the route back in an area that is known for its colorful canyons, red hills and rock bluffs and has inspired famous painters.
Photo contributed by "Geezy Rider" in May 09: "I did this route on my son's borrowed BMW R1200RS a week ago. Thought I would add some photos to a great ride. Taken on the Yemez Pueblo"
Drive EnjoymentThe roads on this route are pretty nice. The surface conditions are good. The amount of twists and turns leave something to be desired if you are in to that type of driving. However, elevation changes keep you from getting bored. I give it a 3 for average.
Photo contributed by "Geezy Rider" in May 09: "Soda Dam, west of the Yemez Reservation on State road 4"
Contributed by visitor in Sep 09: "Great ride along Rt. 4 North - rented a HD in albuquerque and made the trek myself - Spectacular experience! Thanks New Mexico!This shot taken near Jemez Pueblo"