- New Mexico boasts 23 scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways.
Billy the Kid Trail, El Camino Real, Historic Route 66, Jemez Mountain Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Turquoise Trail are all National Scenic Byways in New Mexico.
Many of New Mexico's Byways are designed as loop tours to offer more scenery than visitors would seein an in-line trip.Several byways in New Mexico have developed educational materials and programs in the schools to provide experiential tours of the byways combined with academics.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Climate - This southwestern state is well known for its arid climate. Most areas experience cool winter weather, due to the general high elevation of the region. The southern areas of the state normally don't see much snow in winter and experience very warm summers. The northern regions and higher elevations can see heavy snow accumulate during the winter and many mountain passes are not maintained. The higher elevations offer much cooler summer temperatures and relief from the heat of the lower elevations.
Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.