Explore New Mexico's Scenic Byways

New Mexico features 26 recognized State and National Scenic Byways that showcase outstanding scenic, historical and cultural features of the state. Here, you can find maps as well as descriptions of each of the routes that introduce historical context and help identify features and noteworthy destinations along each route.

Originally created by Congress through the funding and authorization bill ISTEA (1991), the National Scenic Byways program was intended to foster economic development. Subsequent funding allocations were made through SAFETEA-LU (2005). The Scenic Byways program helped to embellish numerous scenic drives throughout the Land of Enchantment. Federal funding for the program ended in 2012 and has not been reinstated, yet the scenic beauty, cultural richness and historical significance of each route remains yours to explore. New Mexico’s Tourism Department provides images, videos, and detailed maps of New Mexico’s Scenic Byways. Visit their website to get a glimpse of each unique scenic byway.


Route Descriptions:
The route descriptions below were provided by the scenic byway’s nominating or supporting organizations or foundations, organized below to match the order presented on the New Mexico Scenic Byways Map, linked above.

  1. Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway
  2. Wild Rivers Back Country Byway
  3. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway
  4. La Frontera Del Llano
  5. Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway
  6. Puye Cliffs Scenic Byway
  7. Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway
  8. Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway
  9. Route 66 National Scenic Byway
  10. Corrales Road Scenic Byway
  11. Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway
  12. Mesalands Scenic Byway
  13. Salt Missions Trail Byway
  14. Abo Pass Trail
  15. Socorro Historical District Scenic Byway
  16. Quebradas Back Country Byway
  17. Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway
  18. Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway
  19. Lake Valley Back Country Byway
  20. Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway
  21. Sunspot Scenic Byway
  22. Guadalupe Back Country Byway
  23. El Camino Real National Scenic Byway
  24. The High Road to Taos Byway
  25. Trail of the Ancients
  26. Trails Across Borders Scenic Byway