West of Albuquerque Route 66 passes through a several small Indian reservations. The scenery of red cliffs and distance mountains makes this a pretty drive which can be fully appreciated while driving slowly along the old road.
Route 66 Casino is a good place to spend the night. The RV parking is in a large lot with long spaces, separate from the truck lot. It’s still a little noisy because it’s sandwiched between the truck lot and the interstate.
There isn’t a good wheelchair path through the parking lot to the casino entrance. No curb cuts on the sidewalk makes it necessary to use the casino driveway.
Even if you don’t stay at the casino stop for the photo op of the giant arrows and the big fuel pump sign posts. See Tony?
If you look at it carefully Owl Rock does look a bit like an owl.
Route 66 has several Deadman’s Curves. This one makes a 180 degree turn around the rock outcropping.
Ruins of stone buildings, evidence of long gone businesses, blend into the rock strewn hillsides.
The Budville Trading Company, now closed, was built in 1938 by Flossie and Bud Rice.
The Villa de Cubero Trading Post, built in 1937 in the Mediterranean Revival style, is still in business and in very good condition.
The Whiting Brothers was a family owned chain of gas stations operating in the southwest from 1926 until the 1980s. There were at least forty along Route 66.
Santa Maria de Acoma Church sits high above Route 66 in the little town of Mccarty. The church, built in 1933, is a half size replica of the mission church in Acoma Pueblo.
There is much happening in Grants but it does have great old signs. It’s also the home of the New Mexico Mining Museum which was already closed for the day so we didn’t visit it.
Abandoned business on the western edge of town
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