Explore New Mexico's Scenic Byways

Originally created by congress through the funding and authorization bill ISTEA (1991), the National Scenic Byways program was intended to foster economic development through furnishing the upfront capital costs associated with developing transportation related tourist amenities throughout the United States. Subsequent funding allocations were made through SAFETEA-LU (2005). MAP-21 (2012) effectively ended the program, and the current funding and authorization bill, the FAST Act (2015), did not reinstate it. Over the life of the Scenic Byways program, numerous scenic drives throughout the Land of Enchantment have been embellished. These byways showcase the intrinsic scenic, historical and cultural qualities of our state while adding to its economic well-being.