DAY 10 PLAN: Albuquerque (option 2)



DRIVE: Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM

  • break camp
    ***NOTE:if we want to arrive in Albuquerque in time to see the Indian Dancers at 2pm, we must leave camp VERY EARLY***
  • DEP Palo Duro Canyon
  • DRIVE Amarillo / Tucumcari / Santa Rosa /Albuquerque
    (approx. 350 miles / 7 hours)
  • VISIT Cadillac Ranch for photo op/grafitti
  • RESUPPLY en route
  • STOP for photo op @ Midpoint Café, Adrian TX
  • Time Zone Change from CENTRAL to MOUNTAIN
  • (optional: VISIT ghost town of Glenrio for photo op/walk)
  • (optional: VISIT ghost towns of Montoya & Newkirk for photo ops/walk)
  • ARR Albuquerque
  • (optional: 2PM – Indian Dance Performance
    at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center plaza in Albuquerque)
  • ARR Cibola National Forest
  • Set up camp

NITE: primitive dispersed camping / Cibola National Forest, NM


17 DEP: 0800 [OR for Dance: 0400] - Palo Duro State Park TX
(DRIVE: 35 miles / 1.0 hours = 1.5 hours estimated segment time)

18 DEP: 0930 [OR for Dance: 0500] - Amarillo TX
(DRIVE: 125 miles / 2.5 hours = 3.5 hours estimated segment time)

19 DEP: 1300 [OR for Dance: 0800] - Tucumcari NM
(DRIVE: 60 miles / 1.5 hours = 2.0 hours estimated segment time)

20 DEP: 1500 [OR for Dance: 1000] - Santa Rosa NM
(DRIVE: 125 miles / 2.5 hours = 4.0 hours estimated segment time)

ARR: 1800 [OR for Dance: 1330] – Albuquerque NM
(345 miles / 7.5 hours drive / 10 hours estimated travel)




ACTIVITIES EN ROUTE: from Amarillo to Albuquerque:

Cadillac Ranch – on Historic Route 66 just west of Amarillo
(Address: I-40, Amarillo, TX) see the website

  • The Cadillac Ranch, located along the tatters of historic Route 66, was built in 1974, brainchild of Stanley Marsh 3, the helium millionaire who owns the dusty wheat field where it stands. Marsh and The Ant Farm, a San Francisco art collective, assembled used Cadillacs representing the “Golden Age” of American Automobiles (1949 through 1963). The ten graffiti-covered cars are half-buried, nose-down, facing west “at the same angle as the Cheops’ pyramids.”
  • Adding to the grafitti is encouraged (bring your own spray paint)
  • Directions: In a cow pasture along eastbound I-40 between exits 60 and 62. Exit onto the frontage road, then enter the pasture through an unlocked gate. Visitors are encouraged.

Midpoint Cafe – Adrian TX. Open: daily 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
P.O. Box 144, RR 66, Adrian, TX 79001
(see website)
Phone: (806) 538-6379 /email:

  • Located at the mid-point of famous Route 66, the MidPoint Café was built in the late 30’s. While the café has changed hands and appearances several times over the years, it remains what it was built to be – one of the best places to eat and shop on Route 66.
    And it is the official “halfway point” on Route 66. Take Photo with the sign.
  • Directions: From Interstate 40 East or West, take Exit #22.
    The cafe is located on the west side of Adrian, Texas.

Glenrio Ghost Town Town straddles border between Texas and New Mexico.

  • Directions: To get to Glenrio, while traveling west along I-40, you will take exit 369 off of I-40 (Endee exit), turn right at the stop, and left onto the north frontage road.

Montoya and New Kirk Ghost Town another couple of old real ghost towns.

  • Directions: Heading out of Tucumcari on old Route 66, the highway parallels the railroad. At about 22 miles you reach Montoya. 12 miles later is Newkirk.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Offers performances of Native American Dancing year round, a museum, video and film program about/by Native Americans, etc.
2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Phone: Local: 505-843-7270 / Toll Free: 1-866-855-7902 (see the website)

  • Performances are at the Plaza: Thursday – Sunday, 2pm (lasts one hour) on Saturday and Sunday there is an additional performance at 11am

LODGING: Cibola National Forest: Sandia Ranger District
Cibola National Forest (office), 2113 Osuna Road, NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87113
(see park website)
Phone: (505) 346-3900 / Fax: (505) 346-3901

Sandia Ranger District is near to Albuquerque.Motorized Dispersed camping is allowed 40 ft from centerline of road, in specific areas. According to their map, it is permitted along route 462DC1, which can be accessed from I-40 Exit 175 toward NM-14 / Tijeras / NM-337 / Cedar Crest. Go Left (south) on NM-337, a little over a mile to Chamisco Canyon Road. Make Left onto Chamisco Canyon Road, and follow that till it turns into National Forest road 462A, then pick up trail route 462DC1 (see Forest Map for location).


17 JAN 2010: We will have to make a decision here about whether or not we do the Santa Fe loop or if we go directly from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque.

Those who have done the drive recommend the Santa Fe loop “if we have the time”… particularly to see the Pecos National Historical site (which seems like it might be interesting, but not sure if it’s not better to spend time some where else in the area as there is no camping at this location… so it is just a “stopover”)…

Personally, I agree, as it would let us do the La Bajada Hill. And also, we can loop thru Albuquerque on our way back, down toward the Big Bend, as we must pass right by this way to get there.


  • New Mexico state official tourism site (about the state, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Native American New Mexico info about native american tribal events and activities open to the public.
  • Chaco Culture National Historical ParkThis Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosting the densest and most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. It is located in a relatively inaccessible canyon cut by the Chaco Wash, and contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico. There is a primitive campground inside the park. Tucked amongst the fallen boulders and cliffs of Gallo Wash, the campground offers camping in a rugged environment, surrounded by petroglyphs, a cliff dwelling, inscriptions, and a high desert landscape. There is no shade. The campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – in Albuquerque, has a schedule of dance performances as well as other native american cultural programming
  • Manzano state park – a state park near to Albuquerque that has camping
  • something native american? – here is a calendar of new mexico native american events and dances. and this is the site of the taos pueblo, where they sometimes have a very beautiful relgious dance called matachines. and another calendar of dances and events (with notices about photography policy)
  • Acoma Sky City Pueblo tour… on the Acoma reservation that is between Albuquerque and Gallup. It has the oldest continally inhabited pueblo, and there are tours given by tribal members for tourist (seems like it is very well developed tourism, but has gotten high ratings)