The small towns of Santa Rosa and Cuervo were totally dependent on Route 66 traffic and they’ve been slowing crumbling since the opening of the interstate.
Santa Rosa is worth a stop to see the cars at Route 66 Auto Museum. All the cars have been restored by “Bozo” Cordova and most are for sale. The museum isn’t very big with about 30 and a lot of memorabilia.
The museum is accessible ands the parking lot is large enough for RVs.
We took a short trip south of Route 66 to see the Blue Hole. Santa Rosa has many natural lakes which is unusual for the area. They form from sinkholes in the limestone bedrock. Blue Hole is the most famous and popular with divers because of it’s depth and clarity.
The parking lot is large enough for RVs.
Many of the old motels and restaurants are still in business
Back on the interstate billboards line both sides of the interstate for several miles in an attempt to entice travelers to stop at Clines Corners.
Clines Corners has been in this location since 1937 selling gas, food and souvenirs.
Longhorn Ranch, at exit 203, was at one time a popular roadside attraction with a motel, garage, service station, an Indian trading post with curios, a museum, an imitation cowboy town, Indian dances and a stagecoach rides. There isn’t much left now, just a motel that doesn’t rent rooms and a restaurant and bar. The large parking lot is used by truckers and the bar is topless. We spent a quiet night parked near the ruins of the trading post.
A closed RV park is located on the opposite side of the interstate.
The Mountain Lodge in Carnuel was built in the 1940s and destroyed by fire in 2014 but it still has a cool sign.