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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).

State Road 81 marker

State Road 81
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length45.800 mi[1] (73.708 km)
Major junctions
South end To Fed. 2 at Mexico–U.S. border
North end NM 9 in Hachita
CountiesHidalgo, Grant
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 80US 82


Route descriptionEdit

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.[2] 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.[2][3] 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.[1][4]

Major intersectionsEdit

HidalgoAntelope Wells0.0000.000Local road   To Fed. 2Southern terminus; Mexico–U.S. border crossing
GrantHachita45.80073.708  NM 9Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. p. 31. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Innes, Stephanie (September 20, 2006). "Quiet N.M. road leads to least-used legal crossing". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "TIMS Road Segments By Posted Route/Point With AADT Info" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Google (July 26, 2014). "Overview Map of State Road 81" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 26, 2014.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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  Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 81 at OpenStreetMap