El Camino Real

National Scenic BywayNew Mexico

Driving the Byway

The byway can be easily accessed from I-25 near Santa Fe to Anthony, New Mexico.

  • Beginning at the San Juan Pueblo (north of Santa Fe), take NM-291/NM-74 to NM-68. Travel south south on NM-68.
  • Turn east onto Fairview Lane and drive for approximately 1 mile.
  • At the intersection of McCurdy Road (NM-583) and Fairview Lane, go south for approximately 1.5 miles.
  • At the junction with NM-76, go west until the junction with NM-106 (approximately 0.5 miles), then continue south.
  • After about 7 miles, past Pojoaque Pueblo, take US 84/285 south for 25 miles into Santa Fe.
  • From US 84/285, exit to Guadalupe Street.
  • From Guadalupe Street, turn left on to W San Francisco St, right onto Don Gaspar Ave, right on W Alameda St, and then left on Agua Fria St/NM-22/NM-588.
  • Continue southwest until the junction with NM-284.
  • Take NM-284 until turning right onto E I-25 Frontage Rd.
  • From E I-25 Frontage Rd., take on ramp to I-25/US Hwy 85.
  • Exit on to NM-16.
  • Follow NM-16 and exit on to NM-22 going south.
  • From NM-22, exit on to Indn Service Route 88 going west.
  • Exit on to Indn Service Route 84 and follow road to NM-313.
  • Take NM-313 through Bernalillo.
  • Follow NM-313 as it turns into 4th St NW/NM 47 near Albuquerque.
  • Take 4th St NW south.
  • Follow road and make a right on Marquette Ave NW, a left on 5th St NW, a left on to Central Ave SW, and a right back on to NM-313/4th St SW.
  • Continue on route and exit on to NM-314 going west.
  • Continue south on route as it turns into Isleta Blvd.
  • Follow road and exit onto NM-147.
  • Follow NM-147 until you get on to NM-47 near Isleta Village Proper.
  • Continue on NM-47 until the NM-304 exit near Belen.
  • Stay on NM-304 until US 60, and then take US 60 west to Bernardo.
  • In Bernardo, get on I-25 and head towards Alamillo and San Acacia.
  • Exit on to Alamillo Rd and turn right on to I-25 Frontage Rd.
  • Follow I-25 Frontage Rd and then exit to NM-408.
  • Follow NM-408 and take on ramp to I-25 going south at Escondida.
  • Drive to California St/US Hwy 60 and follow road to State Hwy 1.
  • Follow State Hwy 1 to on ramp for I-25.
  • Follow I-25 south to off ramp to NM-181.
  • Follow NM-181 to Truth or Consequences where you will get on Date Street.
  • Follow this street to Main Street, and then go to Broadway.
  • Follow Broadway to Williamsburg.
  • Take NM-187 from Williamsburg to Hatch, and then take NM-185 from Hatch to Las Cruces.
  • Next, take NM-188 (Valley Drive) to Avenida de Mesilla, and follow this street to Mesilla.
  • Take NM-28 from Mesilla to Canutillo, and then take NM-273 from Canutillo to New Mexico/Texas border.