A Prime Location
For many years, Tucumcari has been a popular stop for cross-country travelers on Interstate 40 (formerly U.S. Route 66 in the area). It is the largest city on the highway between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Old U.S. Route 66 runs through the heart of Tucumcari via Route 66 Boulevard, which was previously known as Tucumcari Boulevard from 1970 to 2003 and as Gaynell Avenue before that time. Numerous businesses, including gasoline service stations, restaurants, and motels, were constructed to accommodate tourists as they traveled through on the Mother Road.
A large number of the vintage motels and restaurants built in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are still in business despite intense competition from newer chain motels and restaurants in the vicinity of Interstate 40, which passes through the city's outskirts on the south.
The World's largest exhibit of Route 66 photos.
Many classic automobiles from the era.
Experience the legendary past... Through collections located on three floors of the 1903 school house, containing a wide variety of artifacts and memorabilia from the surrounding area. Various rooms are based on themes with thousands of items on display.
This museum is different. It's like one giant attic of old stuff.
The Blue Swallow Motel is a classic Motor Court established in 1939 on historic Route 66, and one of few anywhere still operating in its original configuration.
Rooms are clean and comfortable, and retain an authentic feel from the heyday of route 66 travel.
One of the best neon displays on Route 66!
Tucumcari has 30 plus murals and new ones are being created all the time!
The Tucumcari Murals were painted by Doug Quarles, a former resident of the town.
Painted on the sides of businesses, houses, and posts, these are very unique murals. While some play off the Route 66 theme, others reflect the history of the area, which mainly includes ranching.
Explore the many historical aspects of the railroad industry in Eastern New Mexico from the 19th Century to the present day.
The Museum is located in the 1926 Union Station depot building, restored by the support of the community for the planning efforts of the Tucumcari Main Street Project initiated in 2008 by Main Street Tucumcari and the University of New Mexico.
A great museum to learn the interesting history of the railroad and the importance it had to the town of Tucumcari and the area.
Many of the genuine fossils on display were collected by students enrolled in the College's Paleontology program.
Also on display are life-sized bronzes dinosaur sculptures created by students through the Fine Arts Bronze program at Mesalands Community College.
The Exhibit Hall at the Mesaland’s Community College’s Dinosaur Museum houses a host of replicated and original fossils from tiny footprint casts to the 40′ long skeleton Torvosaurus, a rare carnivore relative of Tyrannosaurus rex which hails from the Jurassic period.
Mix of long and short holes in a semi-arid desert surrounded by views of mesas. Rolling hills provide elevation changes throughout the course.