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Route 66 in New Mexico: Top Attractions, Towns, Map and Hotels along the Route

Route 66 in New Mexico: Top Attractions, Towns, Map and Hotels along the Route

Stretching from coast to coast, Route 66 is not only one of the most famous roads in the United States but also one of the most famous in the World. Historic Route 66 has had epic songs sung about it, and countless books, documentaries, and YouTubers have taken a deep dive into the route.

While Route 66 is long past its heyday, it still manages to attract countless road-eager travelers each year, all looking to experience life on the great, open road. It would be impossible for us to cover every single section of Route 66 in a single article. It is a long road, several thousand miles long, so we are going to really drill down and look at Route 66 attractions in New Mexico.

Route 66 in New Mexico stretches over 350 miles through the state, covering several New Mexico Route 66 towns and attractions. We’re going to focus on the best. On this page, we’re going to tell you our favorite attractions in New Mexico, plus give you a few ideas about where to stay.

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Route 66 New Mexico Attractions

1. Teepee Curios, Tucumcari

Teepee Curios, Tucumcari
Teepee Curios souvenir shop on Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico | Dreamstime/Wisconsinart

One of the highlights of a Route 66 road trip is seeing all the amazing buildings along the route. In its modern heyday, Route 66 was lined with glitzy neon lights and unique buildings designed to attract the hordes of travelers heading past. Unfortunately, Many of them started to shut down in the 60s. Some remained.

In Tucumacari, you’ll find Teepee Curios. Originally a gas station (back in the 1940s), It is now a souvenir shop famed for its teepee entrance and bright neon sign. It looks like the buildings that would have lined the route during the height of Route 66 commercialization. 

While it really is just a souvenir shop (of which there are many on New Mexico Route 66), you can pick up a couple of curiosities you can’t find anywhere else on the route. Plus, we always love walking through that giant stone teepee to get into the building. It’s what Route 66 is all about!

Address: 924 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

2. Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari
The famous Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico | Dreamstime/Wisconsinart

We will discuss the Blue Swallow Motel a bit later. It is an absolutely must-stay place on Route 66 in New Mexico, but it is also a tourist attraction in itself. The Blue Swallow Motel was sitting there, serving guests, when some of the first motorcars decided to make their way along Route 66 en masse.

Unlike many of the other motels & hotels on Route 66 (or in the US in general, for that matter), Blue Swallow Motel has remained privately owned. Since 1939, Blue Swallow Motel has remained a rather simple motel. One that probably wouldn’t catch the attention of an executive traveler or somebody looking for the highest levels of comfort. To us, though? Well, it is a real piece of Route 66 history.

Address: 815 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

3. New Mexico Route 66 Museum, Tucumcari

New Mexico Route 66 Museum
New Mexico Route 66 Museum

Route 66 isn’t just a road. It is a piece of cultural history. In fact, it was declared as such when the road started to ‘die out’ due to faster routes across the country. Congress had to step in to prevent it from being damaged. This museum showcases the history of Route 66 in New Mexico, from its humble beginnings as a cheap wagon route to the breathtaking road trip that it is to this day.

Sure, we know many of you probably don’t want to visit a museum. The open road is out there, right? We get it. But if you’re going to explore a significant piece of history like this, it is worth educating yourself about it. Plus, the museum is incredibly fun. There is lots to see here, including a stunning car collection featuring some of the motorcars that would have made the original journey along the route.

Address: 1500 Rte 66 Tucumcari Convention Center, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Website: http://www.nmrt66museum.org

Also Read: Top Route 66 Attractions Worth a Stop

4. Blue Hole, Santa Rosa

Blue Hole Santa Rosa
Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM | Dreamstime/Rawf88

You thought New Mexico was nothing more than a desert? Well, you’re sort of right! That is what makes Blue Hole in Santa Rosa so appealing. Blue Hole is an oasis right in the heart of Santa Rosa. A network of underground water sources feeds into the Blue Hole, and it is stunning to see it sparkle under the sun. As you can probably guess, it glistens a beautiful shade of blue.

You can dive into these waters, swim, or just lounge around by the side of it. Your choice! With its panoramic surroundings and inviting waters, it’s no wonder why Blue Hole has become a favorite destination for divers, cliff-jumpers, and swimmers.

Address: 1085 Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Also Read: All About Diving in Santa Rosa Blue Hole

5. Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa

Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa
Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa | Dreamstime/Jon Bilous

This is another great piece of Route 66 history. Before the Route 66 Auto Museum got started, it was a garage. It was owned by Bozo Cordova. He would repair countless vehicles that would be coming through Santa Rosa. Over time, he started to collect the vehicles. Now, all those vehicles are featured in the museum.

Route 66 Auto Museum is packed to the brim with fantastic vintage cars, trucks, and more. Some of them appear as they would have appeared when they first launched onto a market unfamiliar with vehicles, and others are souped-up versions of the original model.

One of the best things about the Route 66 Auto Museum is that it is so cheap just to wander around. Ticket prices are roughly $5 (this does change a little). Sure, there are only 30 cars here, but it is genuinely the best private collection on public display. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a couple of events happening here, including car meets. They’re held throughout the year.

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Address: 2436 Historic Rte 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

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6. Santa Rosa Lake State Park, Santa Rosa

We’ve talked about a few highly commercial destinations on New Mexico Route 66, so what do you say? Should we give you a natural destination instead?

Santa Rosa Lake State Park is dominated by the reservoir in the middle. Every day, people head out onto the reservoir for fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, and more. All the while, you’ll be surrounded by the plains of Eastern New Mexico. There are also great camping opportunities around here, so we can’t help but feel that a stay at Santa Rosa Lake State Park would be a nice respite from the open road. You’ll feel at one with nature here.

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Address: NM-91, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

7. KiMo Theater, Albuquerque

Exterior facade and signage of Kimo Theatre
Exterior facade and signage of Kimo Theatre | Dreamstime/Brian Scantlebury

The KiMo Theater opened in Albuquerque back in 1927 and is a stunning showcase of Pueblo Deco architecture. Don’t know your architectural styles? Don’t worry. All you need to know is that it looks good. Very reminiscent of the 1920s.

The KiMo Theater is the centerpiece of Alburquerque, and its beauty is something to behold. However, that doesn’t compare to what happens within the walls. Head into KiMo Theater, and there’ll always be some fantastic show playing. It is often a top destination for theater companies and bands. If you really want to enjoy something cultural, this may be one to check off your list!

Address: 423 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

8. Historic Old Town, Albuquerque

Old Town shops and restaurants in historic Albuquerque
Old Town shops and restaurants in historic Albuquerque | Dreamstime/Sean Pavone

As you can probably guess from the name, the Historic Old Town is the oldest standing part of Albuquerque. Well, sort of! Albuquerque was founded a little while before the Historic Old Town popped into existence. However, the Historic Old Town was the first planned neighborhood in the city.

Over 100 stores and museums line the 300-year-old Historic Old Town, some from big brands, but a good number of them from smaller, independent companies just looking to get their kicks on Route 66. If you’re in Albuquerque, and you almost certainly will be at least once if you’re traveling New Mexico Route 66, then do plan a shopping trip to Historic Old Town. You won’t regret it.

Address: N Plaza St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

9. 66 Diner, Albuquerque

Classic 66 Diner along Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM
Classic 66 Diner along Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM | Dreamstime/Yaniv Adir

We know. We know. When it comes to New Mexico Route 66 attractions, you won’t be hunting for diners. In fact, diners are a staple across the entirety of Route 66. They are some of the only businesses that managed to survive the plummet in tourists traveling the route. However, we do have to point out 66 Diner, a staple not only for travelers on the route but also a firm favorite among Albuquerque locals.

66 Diner looks like a diner that has been whipped out of the 1950s, and the aesthetics here are absolutely perfect. Plus, we won’t lie. We reckon that 66 Diner offers one of the best burgers in all of Albuquerque. Don’t tell the other burger joints we said that, though! 

Address: 1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Also Check: The Best Diners & Cafes along Route 66

10. Sandia Peak Tramway, Albuquerque

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway Observation Deck
The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway Observation Deck | Dreamstime/Derrick Neill

Do you want to see one of the best views along Route 66? Well, the Sandia Peak Tramway is one of the must-see stops on New Mexico Route 66. You’ll be heading off the road for this one. In fact, you’ll be heading up into the air on this sky tram. At 2.7 miles long, it is the longest tramway in the United States.

A trip on the Sandia Peak Tramway will take you up into the Sandia Mountains, where you’ll enjoy stunning views over lakes, deserts, and, of course, the mountains. Make sure you head here on a clear day because you will want to see everything!

Address: 30 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

11. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

If you’re into art history, you may have heard of Georgia O’Keeffe. In fact, you, like many others, may have been referred to as the ‘Mother of American Modernism.’ She had an amazing career that lasted almost 70 years.

While most of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work is in private collections, this museum still manages to showcase some fantastic pieces, some of which art lovers will already be familiar with. However, the real highlight is her history as a person. You’ll see the tools that she worked with, etc. This may not be one of the New Mexico Route 66 attractions for everybody. You will need to love art history to get the most out of it. However, we find it an enjoyable experience.

Address: 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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12. San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe

San Miguel Mission Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico
San Miguel Mission Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico | Dreamstime/Wirestock

The San Miguel Mission is the oldest church in the continental United States. The original San Miguel Mission was built by Spanish settlers in 1610, with the one currently sitting on the site dating back to 1710. So, it is quite an old church! The San Miguel Mission acts partly as a museum (many pieces inside the church are original, with information about them on display). However, every Sunday, as mass is still held here, it manages to attract many people from across Santa Fe.

Remember, you don’t have to be religious to enjoy a church. While you may not believe in what is being worshipped, there is no denying that some of the most beautiful pieces of artwork sit in churches, and the San Miguel Mission is no exception.

Address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Also Check: Route 66 in Arizona: Popular Stops, Hotels & Map

13. Meow Wolf, Santa Fe

Neon Branch Path in Meow Wolf, Santa Fe
Neon Branch Path in Meow Wolf, Santa Fe | Dreamstime/Theresa Nunez

We know that ‘Meow Wolf’ is a very odd name, but we feel that it is a name that really does line up with the experience that you’re going to get at Meow Wolf. No. We don’t mean wolves that meow (as far as we know), but an immersive art experience. Meow Wolf is one of the newest attractions on Route 66. The art collective of the same name was founded in 2006.

The building is a connected set of 40 rooms designed by a different artist. As you walk through, not only will each room display unique, eye-catching art, but you’ll be experiencing a story. We seriously mean that the entire look of Meow Wolf is impressive, and they regularly change up the exhibits, so you rarely get the same experience twice. The best part is that this isn’t like some old, stuffy art gallery somewhere. It is a truly immersive, interactive experience. Even the children love it.

Address: 1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Read Next: Best Things To Do in Santa Fe

14. Route 66 Neon Drive Thru, Grants

Route 66 Neon Drive Thru in Grants
Route 66 Neon Drive Thru in Grants

Yes, Route 66 Neon Drive Thru is literally just a sign—that’s it. But it is a pretty fun sign. The idea is to park your car in the center of it and snap your pictures. At night, it is even lit up with neon lights. That’ll be the best time to get a snap, although there is always a hefty queue. As we said, it really is just a sign. However, it is the perfect attraction on Route 66. It is pointless but also an incredible amount of fun. If you’re traveling through Grant, you do need to check it out.

Address: 600 W Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020

15. New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants

New Mexico Mining Museum
New Mexico Mining Museum

When Route 66 was originally planned, it was to assist budding travelers in reaching the West Coast of the country and to transport commercial goods. It was a lot cheaper than a railroad. Mining used to be (and to an extent, still is) a major part of the economy in New Mexico. The New Mexico Mining Museum pays tribute to that.

This museum tells the story of the day-to-day life of the miners who helped to build up the New Mexican economy. You’ll see pictures and the wonderfully preserved tools and machinery they used. Oh, and the unique thing? (everything on Route 66 needs to be unique). The mining exhibits are underground, so you’ll take a trip down in an elevator to get there. How’s that for a mining experience?

Address: 100 Iron Ave, Grants, NM 87020

16. El Rancho Hotel, Gallup

Historic El Rancho Motel Hotel
The historic El Rancho Motel Hotel, off of Route 66 in New Mexico | Dreamstime/Mkopka

This is another hotel we’ll discuss later. However, if you don’t plan on staying here, at least drive by or walk in through the doors. We absolutely love the aesthetics of the El Rancho Hotel. It is meant to be a tribute to the old West cowboys and Native Americans. It has fantastic food options and even a store dedicated to Native American arts & crafts.

Address: 1000 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301

17. Gallup Cultural Center, Gallup

Gallup is at the heart of Native American culture on Route 66, and the Gallup Cultural Center celebrates this. Founded in 1996, the Center aims to promote Native American cultures in various ways. At its heart, it is a museum that showcases beautiful pieces and knowledge about cultures.

Throughout the year, there are also countless events at which Native and non-Native Americans discuss the impact of these cultures on the country. We feel that this is a must-visit if you are on Route 66 in New Mexico because we really believe that Native American culture really needs to be understood by all Americans.

Address: 201 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301

18. Navajo Code Talkers Museum, Gallup

This is actually a small part of the Gallup Cultural Center, but we feel one of the best parts. Back in World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers were used to easily share top-secret information. Their skills played a vital role in the war, much of which happened in Gallup. This exhibit celebrates the Navajo Code Talkers and how they helped in one of the deadliest wars in history.

Address: 201 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301

19. Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos

Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park | Dreamstime/Robert Waltman

For over 1,000 years, the Pecos National Historical Park has been a hive of activity. Countless people have hunted and gathered here, many using it as the entrance to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While nature is a highlight of Pecos National Historical Park, that is not the main reason people head there. Instead, they come to see the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, an old Native American mud village founded in 1100 AD that rapidly expanded over the years, at one point housing over 2,000 people. Other things to do in the park include old wagon routes, and the Glorieta Pass Battlefield, a key battlefield in the American Civil War.

Address: Pecos, NM 87552

20. Glenrio Ghost Town, Glenrio

Glenrio Ghost Town
Glenrio Ghost Town | Dreamstime/Karl M

When Route 66 started to lose the pizzazz it once had (due to faster routes), not only did many businesses close down, but many small towns began to shutter up too. It wasn’t long before the tiniest towns were abandoned. Glenrio was one of them, and it is now nothing more than a ghost town, albeit one that is a bit more modern than other ghost towns.

Not much of the town remains, with much of it long since demolished. However, the buildings that do remain give you an idea of the hotbed of activity that Glenrio would have been at some point. You have the old post office, a diner, service stations, and more. There are even a few homes here still. In fact, the town still has one full-time resident. It is worth taking a detour. 

Where to Stay Along Route 66 in New Mexico

You can’t see all of those attractions in one go. You need somewhere to stay in the various Route 66 towns in New Mexico. This section will take you through some of the best New Mexico Route 66 hotels & motels. 

1. Blue Swallow Motel – Tucumcari

Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari along Route 66 in New Mexico
Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari along Route 66 in New Mexico | Dreamstime/Yaniv Adir

We mentioned this motel a little bit earlier on. It was founded in 1939 and has remained independently owned ever since. Blue Swallow Motel provides the ideal base of operations for trips into Tucumcari. Blue Swallow Motel truly is a classic, historical motel. The building has just been pulled out of the 1930s, albeit with a couple of modern upgrades (the staff at Blue Swallow Motel want you to have a comfortable stay).

It isn’t exactly brimming with amenities (the highlight is a Tesla Charging Station), but we don’t think anybody staying at the Blue Swallow Motel is looking for the ultimate luxury experience. They just want comfort in a historical motel. That’s what they get.

Address: 815 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

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2. Motel Safari – Tucumcari

Motel Safari - Tucumcari
Motel Safari – Tucumcari | Dreamstime/Glenn Nagel

Motel Safari is the classic mid-century experience. We’re talking about a motel explicitly built to cater to the ever-growing number of motorcars trying to navigate Route 66 at the height of the boom (in the 1950s). Think bright, neon lights. This is a motor court motel. You can pretty much park right outside of your room. Again, this is a motel. You shouldn’t expect any major amenities (outside of Wi-Fi and TV), but it is a stunning motel.

One that really leans into the 50s aesthetic, and we find it the perfect way to rest when traveling through the Tucumcari section of the route. Motel Safari is well-placed and will put you within easy reach of many shopping and museum options.

Address: 722 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

3. El Rey Court – Santa Fe

El Rey Court – Santa Fe

El Rey Court was originally a road court motel. However, like many places on Route 66, it had to adapt to the changing times. It is no longer a dingy motel but a fantastic boutique hotel. Step through the door, and this place absolutely oozes class. The old-style road court motel rooms have been updated into a stunning southwest charm hotel. The rooms are charming and perfect for a well-deserved night of rest after a long day on the road of Route 66.

Guests can enjoy access to a swimming pool, hot tub, and fabulous gardens to lounge about in. There is even an on-site bar and restaurant. A stay here will put you within easy reach of the San Miguel Mission, Jean Cocteau Cinema, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and plenty more attractions in Santa Fe.

Address: 1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

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4. Silver Saddle Motel – Santa Fe

Silver Saddle Motel - Santa Fe
Silver Saddle Motel – Santa Fe | Dreamstime/Glenn Nagel

The Silver Saddle Motel has recently been renamed The Mystic, but we’re pretty sure that the locals will be calling it the Silver Saddle Motel for a long time to come. With the name change, the Silver Saddle Motel received a massive renovation too. The rooms at The Mystic are lavish and fit for even the most demanding of travelers. Each room is unique and offers a beautiful, modern design (including a fridge and a 50” TV).

It isn’t too hard to reach The Mystic, either. It is located right on Route 66. None of the ‘heading off the beaten track’ shenanigans to get here. It’s easy to find. The designers behind the newly reimagined hotel like to think of it as a retreat, though. A place where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the road. Of course, if you wish, it is still close enough to Santa Fe to explore the attractions there.

Address: 2810 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507

5. La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel – Santa Fe

La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel
La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel

Founded over 100 years ago, La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel has repeatedly been named the number two hotel in the Southwest and West. Not quite Number 1, but let’s be honest, there are hundreds and hundreds of hotels in the region. Number 2 isn’t too shabby.

La Fonda on the Plaza will have you right in the heart of Santa Fe. You’ll be right in the city’s heart and have easy access to countless dining options, attractions, and more. Not that you’ll want to leave the hotel often. To say it is comfortable would be an understatement.

While the designers at the La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel have leaned into the hotel’s old roots (old-style New Mexican design), they have not been afraid to introduce a touch of lavish, modern design into the mix. The hotel offers several amenities, including three dining options, seasonal children’s activities, and hotel tours. This is also one of only a few pet-friendly hotels in this part of Route 66.

Address: 100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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6. Monterey Motel – Albuquerque

Monterey Motel Vintage Sign in Albuquerque
Monterey Motel Vintage Sign in Albuquerque | Dreamstime/Jon Bilous

The Monterey Motel was founded just before the upswing of travelers along the Mother Road. Launched in 1946, the Moterey Motel has gone through countless iterations. It is now a motel with all the comfort of a hotel. One of the more unique ‘features’ of the Monterey Motel is the Stayats, which are community motel rooms. Perhaps not for everybody, but perfect if you want that community feel on the road. These community rooms are always filled with like-minded travelers, many willing to share stories of their adventures on Route 66.

Address: 2402 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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7. El Vado Motel – Albuquerque

El Vado Motel, Albuquerque
El Vado Motel, Albuquerque | Dreamstime/Wisconsinart

The El Vado Motel was one of the first motels in New Mexico, so it is already a bit of a historical landmark. It’s been catering to Route 66 travelers since 1937, but don’t worry. It has had a fair number of upgrades since then. On-site, the El Vado Motel has a whopping 7 different eateries. They change out on occasion. So, you never quite know what to expect. The only thing that you can guarantee is that you’ll be tucking into some beautiful New Mexican food.

All rooms have a 40″ TV and even a custom-made growler (a large container for beer). If you feel like drinking in your room, the on-site bar will happily fill it up for you, and it won’t be too expensive, either. While you’re within easy reach of many locations in Albuquerque, the El Vado Motel has its own plaza, where regular social gatherings happen. It is at the heart of the community, and you’ll always find some sort of entertainment here.

Address: 2500 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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8. El Rancho Hotel & Motel – Gallup

El Rancho Hotel & Motel – Gallup
El Rancho Hotel & Motel – Gallup | Dreamstime/Mkopka

This is another hotel/motel that we mentioned earlier. The El Rancho Hotel & Motel has been designed in a Hollywood-inspired, Old Western style. Basically, the exterior of this hotel looks like a classy hotel pulled out of an old Western movie. The decor inside feels the same.

Founded in the 1940s, the El Rancho Hotel & Motel played host to some of the biggest movie stars at the time. The likes of Katherine Hepburn and Kirk Douglas stayed here. In fact, even now, major stars staying in the Gallup area often make a beeline for El Rancho. You don’t even have to stay in the hotel. Feel free to wander in. One of the highlights is The Last Trading Post, a store dedicated to selling Native American art.

Address: 1000 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301

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9. La Quinta Inn & Suites – Santa Rosa

Exterior view of the La Quinta Inn and Suites
Exterior view of the La Quinta Inn and Suites | Dreamstime/Chon Kit Leong

Sure. It is a big brand hotel, but sometimes that’s all you need when traversing Route 66. You don’t need the boutique experience. The La Quinta Inn & Suites will put you right in the heart of Santa Rosa. You’ll be just a stone’s throw away from Blue Hole and Santa Rosa State Park. Rooms here are typical big-brand, quality hotel fare. Guests staying at La Quinta Inn & Suites will have access to an indoor pool, whirlpool, and complimentary daily breakfast.

Address: 2277 U.S. Rt. 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

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10. Sands Motel – Grants

Sands Motel - Grants along Route 66 in NM
Sands Motel in Grants | Dreamstime/StockPhotoAstur

If you’re after a basic motel, then Sands Motel is perfect. This vintage hotel has long been a destination for weary Route 66 travelers. The amenities are basic. You have internet and somewhere to rest your head, but that is pretty much all you need sometimes. At least it is cheap! A stay at the Sands Motel will put you within easy reach of the Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru sign, New Mexico Mining Museum, and Dinosaur Rock.

Address: 112 McArthur St, Grants, NM 87020

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Frequently Asked Questions

What towns in New Mexico does Route 66 go through?

Route 66 passes through multiple towns, including Glenrio, Santa Fe, Tucumcari, Grants, Albuquerque, and Gallup. 

How long is Route 66 in New Mexico?

It is 374 miles long. The route takes you from Gallup to Glenrio. 

What are the most famous New Mexico Route 66 stops?

The Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru sign may be one of the more famous stops on the route, but people also love Diner 66 and Old Town in Albuquerque and Blue Hole (a desert oasis) in Santa Rosa.

What is the most unusual Route 66 attraction in New Mexico?

Meow Woof is a unique art exhibition in New Mexico. It is critically acclaimed and consists of 40 rooms created by local artists. 

Wrapping Up

We’ve barely scratched the surface of New Mexico Route 66 attractions. Travel Route 66 across New Mexico; there is something new to enjoy around every corner. However, we do believe that we have covered the must-see. Something everybody needs to do at least once when traveling the greatest road in the world. We’ve even given you some hotels & motels that you can stay at along the way!

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