Route 66

Day 7: Tucumcari NM to Santa Fe NM

Route 66: Day 7 Tucumcari NM to Santa Fe NM

Postcard from Santa Fe, New Mexico

“That day I was stranded in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico for hours after my car broke down and partly flooded during another impromptu heavy storm. In July.”
A true story to tell laughing around a dry, warm table, drinking wine with friends one day.

The tow truck guy that brought me to Albuquerque told me he has never seen so much rain in New Mexico. I believe him. Even the desert  is greener than normal.

Not many of today’s 236 miles were on the historical route. I’ll make up for it tomorrow driving back a few miles on the Santa Fe loop with the replacement car. Not orthodox but who cares.

From now on it should be dry ( famous last words from the guy that just got drenched with rain walking back to the motel).


Driving the Route 66: shit happens so you better have a full car insurance...
Driving the Route 66: shit happens so you better have a full car insurance…


Driving from Tucumcari to Santa Fe Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Santa Fe, NM

Where to eat and what to see between Tucumcari, NM and Santa Fe, NM

  • Tucumcari Trading Post sign, 1900 W Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401 Another iconic sign to remind you, you are not dreaming but you are actually driving the historic Route 66.


Route 66: Day 7 Tucumcari NM to Santa Fe NM abandoned trading post
Route 66: Day 7 Tucumcari NM to Santa Fe NM abandoned trading post

Driving from Tucumcari to Santa Fe FAQ

How many miles are from Tucumcari to Santa Fe?

It depends on what route you take. The shortest way is 194 miles. The recommended route via the US 84 and the I-25 is 206 miles long. Due to the problem with my car I had to get a car replacement at Albuquerque airport meaning my route was 236 miles long.

How long does it take to drive from Tucumcari to Santa Fe?

it might take as little as 2 and half hours to drive from Tucumcari to Santa Fe. Given I was stranded for several hours, despite leaving early in the morning, I got to Santa Fe only pretty late at night.

What’s the best thing about driving from Tucumcari to Santa Fe?

The best thing about driving from Tucumcari to Santa Fe is that you are driving through the desert and all its incredible landscapes. It feels like being in one of these Breaking Bad episodes.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Tucumcari to Santa Fe?

Santa Fe itself felt like being a pretty nice town, worth visiting. Due to my early morning incident I wasn’t really in the mood for exploring tho.

What type of car is best to drive from Tucumcari to Santa Fe?

You can drive any car. That said the weather can be very unpredictable. The summer I drove the route 66 the New Mexico desert was flooded with rain.

Can you drive an electric car from Tucumcari to Santa Fe?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Santa Fe, make sure your EV is enough charged. You don’t wanna be stranded in the desert. There are 13 public EV charging stations ports in Tucumcari .
Here some EV charging station available in Tucumcari :
– Tesla Supercharger: 2624 S Adams St, Tucumcari, NM 88401
– Electrify America Charging Station, 1900 S Mountain Rd, Tucumcari, NM 88401. Phone: (833) 632-2778
– Tesla Destination Charger, 815 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401. Phone: (888) 758-4389


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Tucumcari to Santa Fe

route66 abandoned premises between tucumcari and santa fe
Route 66: abandoned premises between Tucumcari and Santa Fe

Route 66: abandoned premises between Tucumcari and Santa Fe
Route 66: abandoned premises between Tucumcari and Santa Fe

Route 66: with the car out, I had to wait the  tow truck to take me to Albuquerque
Route 66: with the car out, I had to wait the tow truck to take me to Albuquerque

Route 66: the desert from the tow truck on my way to Albuquerque
Route 66: the desert from the tow truck on my way to Albuquerque

Route 66: nachos in Santa Fe
Route 66: I got to Santa Fe late and the only available place for dinner was not the possible best but whatever. It was a nachos night.

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