GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 PART  FIVE … January 4th, 2013  New Mexico

Route 66 through New Mexico has dwindled from an original 604 miles to less than 377 miles.

Tucumcari NM is really interesting and the residents have done wonders in restoring the same ambiance one might have found traveling Route 66 in the early years.

The Route 66 Trade Station located in Tucumcari is a restored vintage Texaco Station.  There you will find unique antiques and other memorabilia.

Trade Station Tucumcari NM

Trade Station Tucumcari NM

Trade Station Gas Pump

Trade Station Gas Pump

Across the street from the Trade Station you can enjoy a meal at Del’s Restaurant.

Del's Restaurant

Del’s Restaurant

Or you can grab something to eat at Kix on 66 which serves Seattle’s Best Coffee…  I was not aware that Seattle had a “best” coffee.  Kix’s was not open so I guess I’ll have to wait to check out the coffee.



The Blue Swallow is on our list as a place to spend the night the next time we’re in Tucumcari.

The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.”

Blue Swallow Motel

Blue Swallow Motel

And the rooms are refrigerated!

And the rooms are refrigerated!

And your car ha!s a garage

And your car ha!s a garage

After Tucumcari it is the scenery, not the Route 66 landmarks that demands your attention and take away your breath.

Along the road:



Leaving NM


Great Bridge

Great Bridge 1



Today Interstate 40 passes through the tribal lands, but once Route 66 cut through the heart of the 42-square mile pueblo lands. Driving Route 66 through the area is like steeping back in time. A word of caution though, taking pictures on Laguna land is generally not allowed. Before taking any photographs ask local village officials for permission.  You really need to get that permission.  I stepped out of the car to take a “scenery” picture and I did not even have a chance to take a picture before a police car pulled up to let me know I could not take pictures there.  Fortunately I hadn’t taken any pictures yet or I highly suspect I might have lost my camera or at the very least had to delete pictures.

Who knew you couldn't take pictures????

Who knew you couldn’t take pictures????

El Malpais National Monument is a must see.  Surrounding the monument is an extremely barren and dramatic volcanic field that covers much of the park’s area.

El Malpais Monument

El Malpais Monument

El Malpais National Monument: the Ventana Arch

El Malpais National Monument: the Ventana Arch

From El Malpais we drove into Gallup NM where we spent the night before taking Route 66 into Arizona.

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