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Old 06-17-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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I-25 Las Cruces to Albuquerque

Can anyone tell me what I-25 is like between Las Cruces and Albuquerque?
I'm currently in Phoenix and was planning to take I-17 north to Flagstaff then east on I-40. Change of plans for visiting in Flagstaff fell through, so I'm looking at a different route, but have no idea what I-25 is like.
I.E. Rough or smooth, construction or no, lots of steep hills , etc.
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Road good but boring
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Old 06-17-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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It's practically flat for being in the mountainous West! No issues.

Like stated above, it is boring though and there are secondary roads that are more interesting that will get you to the same place. We tried to stay off interstates.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:23 PM   #4
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My mom lives on Elephant Butte lake near T OR C, which is just North of Las Cruces.

I have traveled that route a few times, but not in the last few years.
It is overall reasonably flat with some larger rolling hills north of T or C.
I have never seen the road in great condition, as parts of it are always under repair/improvement, on the other hand it is not bad at all.

I will be traveling it in late July with our motorhome and have no concerns at all.
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PS -- Yes it is a boring road
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As mentioned, a relatively flat road, however, north of T or C, there are a couple of hills going down crossing a dry river bed. When crossing the bridge at the bottom, the cross winds can be pretty strong. Plenty of warning and a wind sock to let you know where and how strong the wind is. Done that road many many times without any problems. When you come across I-10, take hwy 26 from Deming, NM up to Hatch. It saves a few miles and is a good road. Hatch is also the chili pepper capitol of the state and maybe world if you like peppers.
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+1 on the shortcut from Deming to Hatch.. was on it last month.. Getting onto I-40 east bound from I-25 is pretty simple.. First few miles are uphill .
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I-10 to Deming, State 26 to Hatch and then I 25 to ABQ is a great route. I did it in March and never had a problem. A few construction slow down's in I 25 but nothing significant and nothing to delay you. We spent 5 years in Albuquerque and personally, I think the high desert is outstanding. Strange to folks who grew up with green lawns and trees, but just breathtaking. Slow down a bit and enjoy.
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Divided all the way, some long pulls after going thru a couple of long dry washes. Belen is the only stop between Las Cruses and Alb. Pulled RV probably 25 times on I25. There is some gas and fast food on the last north exit in T or C.
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What everyone has said! Traveled the road in April - windy? You bet! Flat? You betcha. A good 4-lane road...and, boring. But, we love the high desert - and Hatch chiles. Stock up on salsa in Las Cruces. Lots of history there, with the Organ Mountinas (great hikes!), and numerous Anasazi/Ancient Puebolan dwellings along the way. There's also a great hike on the eastern outskirts of Albuquerque - Petrolgyphs National Monument - if you have the time.
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