New Mexico State Road 81
New Mexico State Road 81 (NM 81) is a 45.8-mile (73.7 km) state road in southwestern New Mexico. The route runs from the Mexico–U.S. border in Antelope Wells north to NM 9 in Hachita, passing through desert and semi-arid farmland. NM 81 is maintained by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT).
|Maintained by NMDOT|
|Length||45.800 mi (73.708 km)|
|South end||To Fed. 2 at Mexico–U.S. border|
|North end||NM 9 in Hachita|
NM 81 begins at the Mexico – U.S. border crossing in Antelope Wells, Hidalgo County; a local road links the crossing with Mexico Federal Highway 2 to the south. The border crossing in Antelope Wells is the least-trafficked crossing between Mexico and the U.S., and the only residents of Antelope Wells are U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees. North of Antelope Wells, the road passes through desert terrain, with a mountain range to the west. The road does not pass any communities or service stations between Antelope Wells and Hachita, and it has been described as "quiet" and "isolated"; according to NMDOT, 129 vehicles travel the road per day. Continuing north, the road enters a semi-arid farming region and passes another mountain range in the east. The road makes a turn to the north-northeast and crosses into Grant County before terminating at NM 9 in Hachita.
|Hidalgo||Antelope Wells||0.000||0.000||Local road To Fed. 2||Southern terminus; Mexico–U.S. border crossing|
|Grant||Hachita||45.800||73.708||NM 9||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. p. 31. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- Innes, Stephanie (September 20, 2006). "Quiet N.M. road leads to least-used legal crossing". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "TIMS Road Segments By Posted Route/Point With AADT Info" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- Google (July 26, 2014). "Overview Map of State Road 81" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 26, 2014.