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Written DirectionsStart 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.
SceneryNone better, especially in the fall. Rocky Mountains, National Forests, and high desert. Route can be shorted or modified for any length and desired scenery.
Drive EnjoymentExcellent 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.
Tourism OpportunitiesPlenty 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.
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