El Camino Real

Department of Transportation.

Cultures along El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro (The Royal Road of the Interior Land), are as diverse as its history and scenery. Pueblos reveal artisans crafting wares using centuries-old methods. The route, first traveled by Don Juan de Onate in 1598, provided news, supplies, and travel to the first capital of the New World.


Getting to the Byway:

Santa Fe, NM
From the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico, head west on Paseo De Peralta. Turn right onto W Manhattan Ave. Take the first right onto Galisteo St. Turn left on W San Francisco St. Part of the Byway starts here. Turn right onto N Guadalupe St. Take the ramp onto US-285 N and you are now on the El Camino Real Scenic Byway.

Navigating 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.

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