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.
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.