New Mexico State Road 68

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State Road 68

NM 68 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length45.513 mi[1] (73.246 km)
Major junctions
South end US 84 / US 285 in Española
Major intersections NM 76 in Española

NM 74 in Ohkay Owingeh
NM 75 in La Cienega

NM 518 in Ranchos de Taos
North end US 64 in Taos
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesRio Arriba, Taos
Highway system
  • New Mexico State Highway System
US 66 US 70

New Mexico State Road 68 (NM 68) is a 45.513-mile-long (73.246 km) state highway in northern New Mexico, in the Southwestern United States. NM 68 is known as the "River Road to Taos", as its route follows the Rio Grande. A parallel route to the east is NM 76, which is called the "High Road to Taos".

Route description

NM 68 entering the Rio Grande Gorge between Taos and Española.
Barrancos Blancos, Embudo, New Mexico

NM 68 begins in the south in Española at the road's junction with U.S. Route 285 and U.S. Route 84 which run concurrently at that point. The road then runs northeast through Alcalde, Velarde, Embudo, and Ranchos de Taos, where it meets the north end of New Mexico State Road 518, before reaching its northern terminus at U.S. Route 64 in Taos.

Between Española and Velarde, State Road 68 is a four-lane divided highway with a 60-mile-per-hour (95 km/h) speed limit (with a 55 mph [90 km/h] limit as it nears Velarde and 45 mph [70 km/h] limit through Velarde); between Velarde and Taos, Highway 68 is a two-lane highway with very few passing lanes.


Several plans involve safety improvements on NM 68 at its intersection with US 64.[2]

Major intersections

Rio ArribaEspañola0.0000.000 US 84 / US 285 (Santa Clara Bridge Road / Riverside Drive) – Tierra Amarilla, Santa Fe, Antonito, COSouthern terminus
NM 76 east (Santa Cruz Road) – Chimayo
Western terminus of NM 76

NM 583 east / NM 584 west (Fairview Lane)
Western terminus of NM 583, eastern terminus of NM 584
NM 291 south (El Llano Road)
Northern terminus of NM 291
Ohkay Owingeh4.0886.579
NM 74 west – Hernandez
Eastern terminus of NM 74
NM 75 east – Dixon
Western terminus of NM 75
NM 570 north
Southern terminus of NM 570
El Llano39.45063.489
NM 570 south
Northern terminus of NM 570
Ranchos de Taos41.67667.071
NM 240 north
Southern terminus of NM 240
NM 518 south – Tres Ritos
Northern terminus of NM 518
NM 585 west (Paseo del Canon)
Eastern terminus of NM 585
NM 240 south (Ranchitos Road)
Northern terminus of NM 240
45.51373.246 US 64 – Tierra Amarilla, RatonNorthern terminus
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. 18. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "District 5 Projects". New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. pp. 19–21. Retrieved December 26, 2013.

External links

Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 68 at OpenStreetMap