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Checking a route in NM. Anyone know what the road is like from Las Cruces to Santa Rosa?  I wanted to take 70- 54, avoiding ABQ. Pulling a 40’ fifth wheel. Thanks!

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We have driven that route a number of times. Most recently at the end of this past October. It is good mostly two lane. Limited fuel stops after Alamogordo in Carrizozo and Vaughn. If you have time for stops along the way.  Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, New Mexico Museum of Space History, White Sands National Monument and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site are near or in Alamogordo. Valley of Fires Recreation Area is near Carrizozo. 

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8 hours ago, 2gypsies said:

8 miles west of Ruidoso you'll have a descent of 3-5% grade - definitely not bad. The rest of the drive is easy.

One does not have to go through Ruidoso to get from Las Cruces to Santa Rosa. US-70 to US-54 does not go through Ruidoso. A detour to Ruidoso on US-70 at Alamogordo and back to US-54 at Carrizozo adds 23 miles some of which is on state highway NM-48 that has a one mile section of 8-10% grade. Staying on US-70 to US-380 back to US-54 adds 60 miles. Staying on US-70 to Roswell and taking US-285 to US-54 at Vaughn adds 80 miles.

The only real grade on the US-70/54 route is just East of Las Cruces through the Organ Mountains. The grades are 3-6%.

We have driven all these routes. The US-70/54 one is the shortest and easiest if you do not want or have time for stops along the way. If you do not already have one, I suggest getting the Mountain Directory for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers.

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19 hours ago, trailertraveler said:

We have driven that route a number of times. Most recently at the end of this past October. It is good mostly two lane. Limited fuel stops after Alamogordo in Carrizozo and Vaughn. If you have time for stops along the way.  Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, New Mexico Museum of Space History, White Sands National Monument and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site are near or in Alamogordo. Valley of Fires Recreation Area is near Carrizozo. 

Thanks so much for extra Info. 

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