Tee Pee Curios

Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico is a tee pee-shaped building, souvenir gift shop, and Route 66 roadside attraction that is full of fun both inside and out!

Built in 1944, the business originally operated as a Tee Pee Trading Post with a Gulf service station out front. Throughout the years, it went by numerous names, operating as a gas station, grocery, and curio shop before inevitably succumbing to tourism lull brought by I-40s replacement of The Mother Road.

Originally the section of Route 66 that went through Tucumcari was a two-lane road. When it was eventually widened to four lanes, the gas pumps were removed and the now iconic teepee entrance was added. Now known as Tee Pee Curios (or TeePee Curios, signs there read both ways) it serves as a fun Route 66 roadside attraction and a souvenir shop to pick up those magnets, t-shirts, mugs, and postcards to commemorate your road trip. They also sell local New Mexican wares, like jewelry and pottery.

The building is known for its unique design that features a teepee protruding from the center that functions as an entrance to the shop. It’s also known for its iconic neon sign that shines bright after dark. That sign was added around 1960 and was restored in 2003 as part of the New Mexico Route 66 Neon Sign Restoration Project.

You an also find several murals on the sides of the building, a truck driven by an oversized skeleton, and a big Route 66 shield painted on the sidewalk, all perfect for those Instagram selfies of your Route 66 road trip.

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Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop

Tee Pee Curios

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
924 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Hours:
8am-6pm (Monday-Saturday)
8am-3pm (Sunday)
Building Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free to See (Souvenir Costs Vary)

Phone Number:
(575) 461-3773

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Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop
Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction and Souvenir Gift Shop

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Parking is available along the side of the building. Or, this Route 66 roadside attraction is close to many of the best Route 66 motels in Tucumcari, so park at your room and take a walk!
  • Come by during the day to shop for souvenirs. Come at night to see the neon sign lit up.

Where to Stay Near Tee Pee Curios

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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Reviews & Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

1 Review of Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari, New Mexico

  1. This is a great Route 66 souvenir shop! Outside the neon sign, novelty architecture, and artwork and murals are fun to photograph. Inside there are a wide variety of souvenirs! I picked up a magnet and pressed penny for my collections! This is a must-stop roadside attraction in Tucumcari!

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