U.S. Route 82 in New Mexico

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U.S. Highway 82

US 82 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length192.557 mi[1] (309.890 km)
ExistedNovember 26, 1960[2]–present
Major junctions
West end US 54 / US 70 in Alamogordo
Major intersections
East end US 82 at the Texas state line
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesOtero, Chaves, Eddy, Lea
Highway system
  • New Mexico State Highway System
NM 81 NM 83

U.S. Route 82 (US 82) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Alamogordo, New Mexico, east to Brunswick, Georgia. In the U.S. state of New Mexico, US 82 extends from La Luz and ends at the Texas state line northeast of Lovington.

Route description

US 82 slightly west of Hope

US 82 begins at an intersection with US highways 54 and 70 north of Alamogordo, and south of La Luz, New Mexico. Heading east out of Alamogordo the road quickly goes up into the Sacramento Mountains, traveling through the Lincoln National Forest. While climbing the steep Mexican Canyon, the highway passes the abandoned railroad trestles of the El Paso and Northeastern Railway, and passes through the only currently used road tunnel in New Mexico. The road then traverses the New Mexico villages of High Rolls, Cloudcroft, and Mayhill. After descending the mountains into the flat plains of eastern New Mexico, it generally follows a north-northeasterly bearing until Artesia, where it takes a more due-easterly bearing on through to Lovington, veering back slightly to the north before crossing into Texas.

Major intersections

OteroLa Luz0.0000.000 US 54 / US 70Western terminus
NM 130 east
Western terminus of NM 130
NM 244 north
Southern terminus of NM 244
NM 130 west
Eastern terminus of NM 130
NM 24 north
Southern terminus of NM 24
NM 13 north
Southern terminus of NM 13
EddyArtesia107.461172.942 US 285
110.733178.207 NM 229
NM 360 south
Northern terminus of NM 360
NM 529 east
Western terminus of NM 529
NM 249 west
Eastern terminus of NM 249
NM 457 north
Southern terminus of NM 457
NM 238 south
Northern terminus of NM 238
US 82 Bus.

NM 18 south / NM 83 east
Northern terminus of NM 18; western terminus of NM 83
US 82 Bus.
NM 206 north
Southern terminus of NM 206
US 82 east – Plains
Continuation into Texas
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. 20. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Weingroff, Richard (June 27, 2017). "U.S. 82". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, US-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. pp. 22–24. Retrieved June 13, 2019.

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