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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.

State Road 161 marker

State Road 161
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length31.902 mi[1] (51.341 km)
Major junctions
West end NM 518 near La Cueva
  I-25 / US 85 near Watrous
NM 97 in Watrous
East endU.S. National Park Service Fort Union National Monument
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
US 160NM 162


Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Mora County.

Buena Vista0.0000.000  NM 518 – Las Vegas, MoraWestern terminus
21.75835.016  I-25 / US 85 – Albuquerque, Santa FeI-25 Exit 364
Watrous22.75836.625  NM 97 east – Valmora, ShoemakerWestern terminus of NM 97
23.71738.169  I-25 / US 85 – Raton, Denver, COI-25 Exit 366
31.90251.341  Fort Union National MonumentEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 38. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "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.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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  Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 161 at OpenStreetMap