Route 66 Monument

Tucumcari, New Mexico

New MexicoRoadside Attraction

Don’t drive past this attraction on your road trip: the Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

The Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico was dedicated in 1997 as a tribute to the Mother Road’s past, present, and future and Tucumcari’s place within.

Titled “The Mother Road,” the outdoor sculpture was commissioned from sculptor Tom Coffin by Tucumcari, the New Mexico Highway Department, and the New Mexico Arts Commission. The shiny, chrome design is made to look like a tail fin you’d find on a classic car from the 1950s or 60s. At the top is a stylized “66” and the sandstone base is accentuated with a depiction of a winding two-lane road.

You can find this New Mexico Route 66 roadside attraction facing the road outside of the Tucumcari Convention Center and around the corner from the town’s Route 66 Museum.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Route 66 Monument

1500 U.S. Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Parking is available in the convention center lot behind the sign.
  • The monument is planted in a grassy area, so be careful after it rains!

Where to Stay Near the Route 66 Monument

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Blue Swallow Motel

With one of the most recognizable neon signs on Route 66, the Blue Swallow Motel is a must-add for your travel itinerary, whether you spend the night or not. The motel has been operating since 1939 and offers warm hospitality, comfy beds, a touch of nostalgia, and a convenient location near everything you’ll want to see in Tucumcari.

Motel Safari

Motel Safari is a classic 1959 Route 66 motor inn. Look for its historic camel sign, Googie architecture, mid-century modern decor, custom furniture, memorabilia, murals, and vintage billboard ads. The hotel also features modern amenities like flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, and “the best beds on the Mother Road.”

Roadrunner Lodge Motel

For a blast from the past, Roadrunner Lodge Motel is a restored 1960s Route 66 hotel with mid-century style and modern comforts. Rooms feature flat-screen satellite TVs, seating areas, and free toiletries. Select rooms play the motel’s private radio station with 1960s music and commercials and a fire pit outside allows visitors to relax and meet other travelers.

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