Been to New Mexico numerous times and absolutely love the state! Most of my time there has been in the Albuquerque area but this trip will be a little different and I want to add even more difference to it.
Wife and I will be driving from Flagstaff, spending a Tuesday night in Gallup. I have always wanted to see the VLA and was thinking about a different, out of the way, route from Gallup to ABQ other than I-40.
My thoughts are:
From Gallup take NM 602 / 36 down to Quemado
US 60 East through Datil
Detour by the VLA
US 60 over to Socorro
I-25 up to Los Lunas
NM 6 back over to I-40
I-40 into Albuquerque
My wife are always much more interested in the off-beaten path than the more traveled tourist aspects. My question here is what type roads will I encounter? We will be in a regular rental car so navigating anything less than gravel could be potentially harzardous!
The distance or lack of anything along the way does not bother us in the least.
Any suggestions or comments on this route? This will be the first week in October.