Road Trip: Route 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NM

August 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

New Mexico became the 47th state to join the United States on January 6, 1912. The capital city is Santa Fe. The highest point is Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet.

Road Trip 2013 - Day 15 - June 25 - Route 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NM (Previous 2013 Road Trip posts: Indiana DunesDe ImmigrantAmana ColoniesDes MoinesMadison County Roads, Bridges of Madison CountyWhite Pole Road, Great Platte River Road Archway MonumentGolden Spike Tower & Union Pacific's Bailey Rail Yard, Loveland PassThe Resting Day at Powderhorn, Black Canyon of the GunnisonCimarronColorado National MonumentFruita Rodeo, Grand MesaArches National ParkGrand Junction, Grand Mesa CreekArches National Park Add-On, Canyonlands National ParkThe Little Big Moments of Road Tripping, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa FeSanta Fe Train Depot, Pecos National Historical ParkRoute 66 Part I, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NM)

Road Trip USA - Route 66: Rio Pecos Ranch, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66: Rio Pecos Ranch, Santa Rosa, NMRoad Trip USA Today, we're staying in town. Santa Rosa, NM had quite a bit to enjoy and photograph and as such we're moving just a little bit down the road and exploring a few more roadside treasures. A wonderful hot summer day with clear blue skies making the whole experience even better and more intense. With nature landscape photography I usually prefer white puffy clouds in the sky adding interest but with these bold colorful structures I liked the simple blue backdrop to keep the focus on the relics.

The first photo stop today is at the abandoned Rio Pecos Ranch Truck Terminal. The prevalent rust and prominent sign deserved attention. Can you see the tractor trailers filling up the lot? Can you hear the engines vrooming by behind you?

Just a mile east is another place that's a must stop - The Route 66 Auto Museum. Its elevated eye-catcher in bold yellow clearly stands out, especially against the blue sky of this summer day.

Road Trip USA - Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NMRoad Trip USA

Road Trip USA - Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NM

Road Trip USA - Route 66: Dodge, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66: Dodge, Santa Rosa, NMRoad Trip USA

Road Trip USA - Route 66: Dodge, Santa Rosa, NM

"Route 66 was created in 1926 and it followed the preexisting 'Ozark Trails'. The traffic increased local business as cafes, diners, hotels, garages and service stations opened to cater to the visitors. The boom period lasted until I-40 bypassed the town in 1972 relegating many classic vintage shops as traffic flowed along the Interstate." - Route 66, Santa Rosa

The bypass effects are still very obvious but as small sections of Route 66 celebrate a renaissance, who knows, the future may be brighter than the past 45 years.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you (#etbtsy)!

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References:  New Mexico on 50states - Route 66 in Santa Rosa, NM - Santa Rosa by Road Wanderer - National Historic Route 66 Federation


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