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Old 06-09-2020, 12:22 PM   #1
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Question: New Mexico State Road 117

I am familiar with this part of the country, but have NEVER driven on State Road 117.

New Mexico State Road 117 essentially connects to I-40 at the North, and NM NM State Highway 36 to the south, about 10 miles North of Quemado and the US 60 junction with NM State Highway 36. It is 60 miles long.

State Road 117 passes through El Malpais Conservation area, which may be an interesting place to see.

The Question: Is anyone familiar with the quality and topology of State Road 117. My primary concern is the relative modesty of my Tow Vehicle (2015 Toyota Tacoma) pulling my trailer. Narrow is ok, I suppose, but combine narrow with potholes and severe grades ... not sure I want to hassle with it.

Anyone with first hand experience on NM 117?
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We stayed at El Morro Nat'l Monument with our 40' MH and drove the car to El Malpais Nat'l Monument on 117. It's an easy drive... good road ... no big hills.

Here's a YouTube of a portion of it to give you an idea. Nowadays, most scenic drives are on YouTube... just plug in the Hwy # and state.

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Old 06-09-2020, 06:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Twogypsies.

Looked pretty narrow from what I saw, so wanted to get some first hand reporting.
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Old 06-28-2020, 02:44 PM   #4
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Self reporting: After driving NM Rd 117 last week, it was a pleasure. I little narrow at times, but plenty big, in good shape, and breathtaking at parts between the sandstone and volcanic parts.
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Thanks for returning with an update. Wish more would do so. Glad it worked for you!
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