New Mexico State Road 17

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State Road 17

NM 17 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length9.59 mi[1] (15.43 km)
Existedc. 1940–present
Major junctions
South end US 64 / US 84 in Chama
North end SH 17 near Lobato
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesRio Arriba
Highway system
  • New Mexico State Highway System
NM 16 NM 18

New Mexico State Road 17 (NM 17) is a 9.59-mile-long (15.43 km) state highway in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Its southern end is at US 64-84 in Chama and its northern end is at Colorado State Highway 17 at the Colorado state line.

Route description

The route begins at an intersection with US 64 and U.S. Route 84 in New Mexico south of Chama. The road then heads north into central Chama along Terrace Avenue. NM 17 then exits Chama and heads northeastward, passing through a wooded area in northern Rio Arriba County and running adjacent to the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. The road then reaches the Colorado state line, where it becomes Colorado State Highway 17, heading north.[2]


Before 1940 it was originally part of NM 2 then later U.S. Route 285 (US 285). It was renamed NM 19 in 1940 when US 285 was rerouted through Tres Piedras. Then in the 1950s it was renamed NM 17 to match Colorado State Highway 17 (SH 17).[3]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Rio Arriba County.

Chama0.0000.000 US 64 / US 84 – Tierra Amarilla, Dulce, Pagosa SpringsSouthern terminus; road continues as US 64 east/US 84 south
1.7502.816 NM 29 (First Street) – Edward Sargent Wildlife Area elk viewing facilitySouthern terminus of NM 29
SH 17 east
Continuation into Colorado
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ "Posted Route–Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 6. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Microsoft; Nokia (February 19, 2011). "NM 17" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Riner, Steve (January 19, 2008). "State Routes 1–25". New Mexico Highways. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. pp. 7–8. Retrieved December 16, 2013.

External links

Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 17 at OpenStreetMap