New Mexico State Road 161
State Road 161 (NM 161) is a 31.9 mi (51.3 km) long state highway in northeastern New Mexico. NM 161 begins in the west at its junction with NM 518 several miles south of the unincorporated community of La Cueva. The road travels southeast through remote, sparsely populated land before reaching a junction with Interstate 25 (I-25) south of Watrous. From there, the road turns northeast and briefly parallels I-25 before cutting back to the northwest, where it intersects I-25 again, then continues for roughly seven miles before terminating at Fort Union National Monument. Shortly before reaching Fort Union, NM 161 crosses the former path of the Santa Fe Trail which is still visible as a broad, shallow ditch or low spot in the terrain.
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length||31.902 mi (51.341 km)|
|West end||NM 518 near La Cueva|
| I-25 / US 85 near Watrous|
NM 97 in Watrous
|East end||Fort Union National Monument|
The entire route is in Mora County.
|Buena Vista||0.000||0.000||NM 518 – Las Vegas, Mora||Western terminus|
|||21.758||35.016||I-25 / US 85 – Albuquerque, Santa Fe||I-25 Exit 364|
|Watrous||22.758||36.625||NM 97 east – Valmora, Shoemaker||Western terminus of NM 97|
|||23.717||38.169||I-25 / US 85 – Raton, Denver, CO||I-25 Exit 366|
|||31.902||51.341||Fort Union National Monument||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 38. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
- "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. p. 32. Retrieved December 26, 2013.