Re: Getting to Philmont
Nathan Alan Beauheim (beauheim@CAE.WISC.EDU)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 16:48:17 -0600
> Sorry - I left out the mileage before
> To get from Albuquerque International Airport to Philmont
> Head NORTH-WEST on SUNPORT LP SE, From Albuquerque Intl Airport
> Go 0.7 mi. and then CONTINUE onto YALE BLVD SE
> Go 0.5 mi. and then TURN LEFT onto GIBSON BLVD SE
> Go 0.8 mi. and then BEAR RIGHT onto I 25 (NORTH) [PAN AMERICAN FWY]
Um, not quite. Pan-American Freeway, actually refers to the frontage roads
parrallel to I-25 in Albuquerque. Also, instead of doing the Yale/Gibson route
(which does work), if instead of turning right onto Yale, you keep going
straight and stay on Sunport, you'll get to I-25 more directly. This is only a
year old or so, so it won't show up on older maps. FWIW, the correct title is
"Albuquerque International Sunport"
> Go 54.8 mi. and then BEAR LEFT onto I 25 (EAST)
Watch out for the Big-I interchange with I-40 a few miles after you get on. You
want to be in the CENTER two lanes.
I'm confused by what you mean by "I 25 (EAST)" I-25 is a North-South highway,
and you'll never find a sign which says I-25 East. 54.8 miles is about the
mileage to Santa Fe, so are you referring to Business Loop 25 through Santa Fe?
Or, are you taking 84/285 north through Espanola (the low-rider capital of the
world) to Taos and then cutting over. That's a beautiful drive, but it's a hard
> Go 23.2 mi. and then FOLLOW I 25 (EAST) as it BEARS LEFT
> Go 87.0 mi. and then CONTINUE onto RAMP to HWY 120
I'm also confused why you're getting off of I-25. You can take I-25 all the way
from Albuquerque to Cimmarron without a problem. Basically, you're taking an
unneccesary detour. It may be scenic, but it's not the easiest way to go.
> Go 0.3 mi. and then TURN RIGHT onto HWY 120
> Go less than 0.1 mi. and then TURN LEFT onto RAMP to I 25 (NORTH)
> Go 5.4 mi. and then FOLLOW RAMP to I 25 (NORTH) as it TURNS LEFT
> Go 0.1 mi. and then TURN RIGHT onto I 25 (NORTH)
> Go 25.6 mi. and then BEAR LEFT onto RAMP to HWY 58
> Go 0.2 mi. and then TURN LEFT onto HWY 58
> Go 18.8 mi. and then TURN RIGHT onto US 64 (EAST)
> Go 1.2 mi. and then TURN LEFT onto HWY 204
> Go 11.3 mi. and then FOLLOW HWY 204 as it BEARS RIGHT
> Go less than 0.1 mi. and you are there !!!
The easy way to go, is to follow the signs in Albuquerque to I-25 North, take
I-25 to the Cimarron exit, get off, and follow the signs to Philmont. That's
not the fastest way, but it is the easiest. Landmarks along the way in Cimarron
include the St. James Hotel (The buffalo burgers are excellent here) and the
Cimarron cemetary, which is quite old.
As for other ways to go, Amtrak is quite useable. If you're heading west, get
off at Raton, rather than Albuquerque. I think Philmont runs shuttles between
Raton and Philmont but don't quote me on it. If you're heading east, you may as
well get off in Albuquerque. You might be able to ride public bus (Texas, New
Mexico, and Oklahoma Bus Company) to Las Vegas or Cimarron.
I guess you probably used Mapquest or something similar to come up with these
directions. Nice, but it can't beat a local.
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> RR 1, Cimarron, NM 87714-9801
Lived in Albuquerque for 13 years, but going to school in Wisconsin
> Carl Westfall
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