New Mexico State Road 53

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State Road 53

NM-53 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length86.002 mi[1] (138.407 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 61 at the Arizona border
Major intersections
East end NM 122 in Grants
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesCibola, McKinley
Highway system
  • New Mexico State Highway System
NM 52 NM 55
NM 53 eastbound near the Arizona border.

State Road 53 (NM 53) is a state highway in the US state of New Mexico. Its total length is approximately 86 miles (138 km). NM 53's western terminus is a continuation as Arizona State Route 61 (AZ 61) at the Arizona border west-southwest of Zuni, and the eastern terminus at NM 122 in the village of Grants.


State Road 54

LocationArizona state line to Grants
NM 53 approaching Zuni Pueblo

NM 53 was originally the east end of NM 54 and then after 1927 a short route extending west from Grants, it was extended over old NM 36 to the Arizona border by the 1940s. It was renamed as NM 53 to avoid confusion with U.S. Route 54 (US 54). In the 1940s, NM 53 was extended northeast from Milan to San Mateo, a small town near Mt. Taylor. The segment from Milan to San Mateo was renumbered NM 605 in 1988.

Major intersections

SR 61 south
Continuation into Arizona
NM 602 north
Southern terminus of NM 602
NM 36 south
Northern terminus of NM 36
I-40 – Albuquerque, GallupI-40 exit 81
86.002138.407 Historic US 66 (NM 122)Eastern terminus; serves Cibola General Hospital; road continues north unpaved as Lava Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Posted Route: Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 91. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. pp. 5–7. Retrieved December 20, 2013.

External links

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