Grants, NM - Route 66 and Sandstone Bluffs

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The drive-under Route 66 arch in Grants, N.M. Photo by Tessa Rae Jimenez courtesy of Grants

The drive-under Route 66 arch in Grants, N.M. 

Drive Under the Route 66 Arch

Stop in Grants, N.M., for a colorful and nostalgic Route 66 photo opportunity, just off of exits 81 and 85 along I-40.

Completed in 2016, the drive-under neon arch is shaped like the iconic Route 66 emblem.

“You park your vehicle underneath it, and you can take photos with it,” says Tessa Rae Jimenez, executive director of Grants Chamber of Commerce. “It’s colorful during the day. At night the neon lights go on.”

Route 66 History in Grants, N.M.

The West Theater is one of many businesses in Grants that sport signage and architecture just like they did in the hey days of Route 66. Photo by Harry Pherson via Flickr

The West Theater is one of many businesses in Grants that sport signage and architecture just like they did in the hey days of Route 66. Photo by Harry Pherson via Flickr

Once a high-traffic stop along Route 66, with service stations and motels on every block, Grants offers visitors a wealth of historical and recreational activities, despite being only two exits long.

For visitors interested in more of the intertwined history of Route 66 and Grants, Double Six Galleries (1001 W. Santa Fe Ave.) features a permanent exhibit called “The Route 66 Vintage Museum.” Vintage postcards from trading posts and other stops are on display as well as automobiles, including a 1923 Model T Ford. cibolaartscouncil.com/museum.html

Outdoor Activities in Grants, N.M.

La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Conservation Area.

La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Conservation Area

“If visitors come here they’re going to feel welcome,” says Jimenez. “We are the jumping-off point to two national parks [Grand Canyon National Park and Petrified Forest National Park] and tons of other outdoor activities— hiking, biking, fishing. We have a championship golf course. It’d be an unexpected surprise.”

For more information, visit ExploreGrants.com

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