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LarryDel

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Posted: 10/20/20 09:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We try to avoid Interstate Highways if possible. Looking for a scenic route from Cottonwood, AZ to Albuquerque, NM with a few campgrounds along the way. Plan to take 2 days to get to our destination.

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Use the Trip Planner on this forum for a non-interstate route. It gave me a route but if it were me I'd take I-40 as there isn't much to see.


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azdryheat wrote:

Use the Trip Planner on this forum for a non-interstate route. It gave me a route but if it were me I'd take I-40 as there isn't much to see.


He's from Delaware. I bet the natural roadside scenery would be fascinating to him.

Years ago we drove one of our #2 to school up in Wyoming and kid #3 had to get home ASAP to get back home for high school opening day. I dropped off my wife and kid #3 in Denver to fly home, and then I had all the time in the world and nobody else's input for my drive home.

I could have taken the beeline home, but I aimed for New Mexico just for fun and then shut off the GPS. I drove around on local roadways for a couple of days and zig-zagged generally westerly towards home. I think I finally jumped onto I40 in Winslow and headed home. This was one of my favorite trips ever. I wish I hadn't been alone, but I don't think anyone else would have let me get away with it.

My long-winded point is, one man's "not much to see" is another man's paradise.

Another option is to make yourself a mental BINGO card and aim for random destinations based on your offbeat list. I want to stop at:

* A fry bread stand
* A hatch chili stand
* A fireworks store
* Anasazi ruins
* Native jewelry stand

You get the idea.


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You can go through Show Low or up through Gallup. Just put Albu in your google maps destination and Cottonwood as the origin. Then go to options and click on avoid Hiways. On the map Google puts you through to I-40 near Grants but if you stick with US 60 from Quemado you will wind up on I-25 in Socorro and be able to use old US 85 now NM 408 north to San Acacia then on I-25 to US 60 (exit 175) and then back on old 85 (NM116 and 314 after Belen) to Bosque Farms and Albu.

The Google route up north of I-40 is reservation mostly and it is closed now so stick with the routes south of 40 or along the frontage roads of 40.

Lots to see from the Very Large Array on 60, to El Malpais off of I-40, Grants is a bit of '50 s route 66 and reservation pueblos.


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Don't forget Pie Town on RT 60!!!!!!


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NMDriver2 wrote:

Grants is a bit of '50 s route 66 and reservation pueblos.


Great description of Grants. [emoticon]

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Two suggestions, besides Pie Town

The VLA is located on US-60 west of Socorro near Datil (Very Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory) a bucket list item for space flight geeks. VLA on US-60

Unfortunately COVID closed the information center this summer

The New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants is simply amazing. The basement is a recreation of a uranium museum. Wonderful. Well worth the detour.

Well, I lied, saying two.

El Morro National Mounument on NM-53 is also worth a visit.

We drove US-60 all the way across NM, from Clovis on the Texas border to Springerville, AZ in late June and early July. Only 25 miles of interstate on I-25 as mentioned above. Wonderful road, nothing too challenging as far as grades.

We also drove AZ-260 from Show-Low to Cottonwood. You will climb and descend 5 and 6 percent grades on that route. The stretch from Camp Verde to Payson is steeper and narrower. Nothing crazy, but a definite challenge.

Payson to Show-Low the road is better, more traffic, several passing lanes, and a couple good places to stop on the way.


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We took 36 to 117 in NM between 60 and I40 once and it was a nice quiet scenic drive. Shorter than 60 to i25 as well.


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I don't know when you plan to do this, but keep in mind that snow and wind start being an issue this time of year in that area. I-25 isn't a very busy x-way except right in the big towns.

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doxiemom11 wrote:

I don't know when you plan to do this, but keep in mind that snow and wind start being an issue this time of year in that area. I-25 isn't a very busy x-way except right in the big towns.

I-25 was shut down last night just south of Albuquerque due to snow. More snow predicted tonight. Hope your through here by now.


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