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The summit of La Bajada Hill March 11, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Highways, History.

Even though video can never quite do it justice, this 360-degree clip from the summit of La Bajada Hill gives you an inkling of what this primitive alignment of Route 66 is like.

For a more Route 66-oriented viewpoint, go here.

The road on La Bajada was Route 66 from 1926 to 1932. It contains more than a dozen hellish switchbacks, and was so steep in spots that automobiles going uphill had to take it in reverse because gravity-feed tanks couldn’t get fuel to the engine.

Here’s a photo of La Bajada Hill from 1928:

Unless you have a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle, it’s not advisable to drive La Bajada Hill. But it’s walkable, and it makes for a great day trip in the New Mexico high desert.


1. La Bajada Hill « Red Fork State of Mind - June 25, 2009

[…] Bajada Hill Between Santa Fe and New Mexico lies a mesa called La Bajada Hill. La Bajada — “the descent” — is home to a steep and treacherous alignment […]

Ron Louver - July 5, 2009

What is the location that can be used to access the Bajada hill, as I would like to hike it myself.

Thank you


Ron - July 6, 2009

This link will help you get there, Ron.


2. Route 66 » Blog Archive » The Santa Fe option… - January 18, 2010

[…] the trip in 2003 have to say about this section of the Route… And here is a good explanation of La Bajada possiblities… and HERE IS A JEEP TRAIL (and they rate it as an EASY trail, so i think it should […]

3. Mother Roading « Greetings from Coldwater - June 18, 2010

[…] Grant and I did none of the above. Instead, we went shopping at a grocery/bait/hardware store in Pecos, where we grabbed breakfast on the fly (granola bars and oranges) and picked up some tenpenny nails from a bulk bin with the intention of making a bottle tree — a la Elmer Long. In Santa Fe, we paid a short visit to El Rey Inn to wander around the grounds and swipe some landscaping and decorating idea, and then we headed southwest to our real destination: La Bajada Hill. […]

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