New Mexico State Road 81

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State Road 81

NM 81 highlighted in red
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
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesHidalgo, Grant
Highway system
  • New Mexico State Highway System
NM 80 US 82

New Mexico State Road 81 (NM 81) is a 45.8-mile-long (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).

Route description

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 intersections

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


  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 links

Geographic data related to New Mexico State Road 81 at OpenStreetMap