31 Mile Road

How To Travel The 31 Mile Road

31 Mile Road is a scenic mountain drive located on the boundary between Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties, in northern New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of New Mexico.

The road is totally unpaved: gravel, rocky and treacherous in parts. It comprises NM 565 and FR144. Weather conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent. Required an SUV or truck with a little bit of clearance and good tires. Only travel on this road when it is dry. As always, check road conditions before departing. The journey offers beautiful views and panoramas of the Santa Fe and Jemez Mountains and Española Valley.

The bumpy dirt road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor at any time of year. It tops out at 3.354m (11,003ft) above the sea level. The journey offers many awesome views along the way as you ascend the mountains.

 

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