Salt Missions Trail Byway


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationNM
  • Length150 miles
Statewide Byway Partners
New Mexico Department of Transportation
New Mexico Tourism Department
Salt Missions Trail Byway


Following old trade routes, rail beds, and footpaths this byway traverses the heart of New Mexico, from mountains in the west to plains in the east. Native Americans once walked these paths. Soon the railroad came, bringing supplies and new settlers to the area. Later, Route 66 brought the automobile and families on vacation. In the forested valleys of the Cibola National Forest, south of the Tijeras, there are many opportunities to hike, picnic, and camp such as Tunnel Canyon, Otero Canyon, Cedro Campground, and Pine Flat Picnic Area.

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