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Can't believe anyone could drive this

We happened upon this hill on a back country drive in our very-much-not high ground clearance... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2014
Charles R
Oak Park, Illinois
A good way to test your 4 while drive

The drive down La Bajada hill was pretty darn scarey. There a lot of big volcanic rocks, tight... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2012
Leslie B
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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Jun 17, 2015
“Tough to find - know exactly how to get to it”
Apr 3, 2014
“Can't believe anyone could drive this”
Hill that was the final barrier to those journeying on the Santa Fe Trail that linked Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
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Reviewed June 17, 2015

We recently drove Rt 66 and one of the things I was really looking forward to, was La Bajada. It didn't happen. First, most guides don't give you much idea of where it is, other than let you know that it is vaguely west of...More

Date of experience: June 2015
3  Thank KWhyte1
Reviewed April 3, 2014

We happened upon this hill on a back country drive in our very-much-not high ground clearance rental car. Didn't even know it was a famous section of old Route 66 til we got back home. The "road" out from Santa Fe was a hoot in...More

Date of experience: March 2014
5  Thank Charles R
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I drove down La Bajada today in my stock Jeep Cherokee. With oversized tires I have maybe 3-4 inches of extra ground clearance. I needed every bit of it but it was enough. Once you begin the descent you're pretty much committed to the whole...More

Date of experience: May 2013
5  Thank BobB329
Reviewed December 12, 2012

I drove the La Bajada Hill earlier this evening, from west to east (uphill). About mid-way up the hill, the trail splits. I ended up taking the older, less-traveled alignment that goes to the right of the hill (or southeast). It's a challenging route complete...More

Date of experience: December 2012
2  Thank yellocoyote
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Now you've been warned, which means that some of you will just HAVE to give it a try. Don't. Hike, or maybe use a lightweight off-road motorcycle (one that you can life) or a trail bike. (Our rating refers to driving; La Bajada would be...More

Date of experience: October 2012
11  Thank RalphEstes
Reviewed July 22, 2012

La Bajada is an historic road, that should not be driven on. If you want to experience the road, hike or bicycle it. DO NOT DRIVE ON IT! The road branches midway and if you are not on foot, you will miss some great petroglyphs...More

Date of experience: August 2011
4  Thank SWFoodie
Reviewed February 16, 2012

The drive down La Bajada hill was pretty darn scarey. There a lot of big volcanic rocks, tight hairpin curves and drop offs. At one point I thought I was going to tip. It was a very scarey but fun drive. I've always wanted to...More

Date of experience: February 2012
3  Thank Leslie B
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