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Hill that was the final barrier to those journeying on the Santa Fe Trail...

Hill that was the final barrier to those journeying on the Santa Fe Trail that linked Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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Can't believe anyone could drive this

We happened upon this hill on a back country drive in our very-much-not high ground clearance rental car. Didn't even know it was a famous section of old Route 66 til we got back... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 April 2014
Charlie R
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Oak Park, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

We recently drove Rt 66 and one of the things I was really looking forward to, was La Bajada. It didn't happen. First, most guides don't give you much idea of where it is, other than let you know that it is vaguely west of Santa Fe. You know you are in the area, but that's it. The La Bajada... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

We happened upon this hill on a back country drive in our very-much-not high ground clearance rental car. Didn't even know it was a famous section of old Route 66 til we got back home. The "road" out from Santa Fe was a hoot in our rental car, trying not to bottom out here and there. In a higher-clearance vehicle,... More 

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5 Thank Charlie R
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

I drove down La Bajada today in my stock Jeep Cherokee. With oversized tires I have maybe 3-4 inches of extra ground clearance. I needed every bit of it but it was enough. Once you begin the descent you're pretty much committed to the whole drive and it will thrill and terrify you by turns. The switchbacks make it difficult... More 

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5 Thank Bob B
Elgin, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

I drove the La Bajada Hill earlier this evening, from west to east (uphill). About mid-way up the hill, the trail splits. I ended up taking the older, less-traveled alignment that goes to the right of the hill (or southeast). It's a challenging route complete with old lava rock, ruts, and shelf road trail. It was an amazing experience and... More 

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2 Thank yellocoyote
Corrales, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

Now you've been warned, which means that some of you will just HAVE to give it a try. Don't. Hike, or maybe use a lightweight off-road motorcycle (one that you can life) or a trail bike. (Our rating refers to driving; La Bajada would be a 4 or 5 for hiking) We just did it with a two-wheel drive Nissan... More 

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11 Thank RalphEstes
Albuquerque
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

La Bajada is an historic road, that should not be driven on. If you want to experience the road, hike or bicycle it. DO NOT DRIVE ON IT! The road branches midway and if you are not on foot, you will miss some great petroglyphs and some early 20th Century advertising, as well as some interesting drainage modes. Additionally, the... More 

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4 Thank SWFoodie
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

The drive down La Bajada hill was pretty darn scarey. There a lot of big volcanic rocks, tight hairpin curves and drop offs. At one point I thought I was going to tip. It was a very scarey but fun drive. I've always wanted to do it and I'm not sure I would do it again. Okay well maybe. Four... More 

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