Tijeras, New Mexico: Route 66 Musical Road

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Address:
Route 66, Tijeras, NM
Directions:
West of town. I-40 exit 170, then drive east about 3.5 miles on Hwy 333/Route 66. Between mileposts 4 and 5, shortly after Route 66 crosses to the south side of I-40. The road is only musical driving eastbound.
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Route 66 Musical Road

Paid for by the National Geographic Channel for its series, "Crowd Control," the road plays part of "America the Beautiful" -- but only if you travel the speed limit: 45 mph. Signs removed and maintenance stopped in 2020, but it's still there.

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Visitor Tips and News About Route 66 Musical Road

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Musical Highway

Make sure that you're heading eastbound on Historic Route 66. You'll pass a small underpass and round a slight curve, and that's when the song starts. Make certain that your tires are on the white side line and go 45 mph. The sign is gone, but the musical road is still there to visit!

[Aida Frey, 01/01/2022]
Route 66 Musical Road

It's still there in December 2021! Roll your window down a few inches. Start listening just past the "Pass With Care" sign. If the sun is just right you can see the little grooves carved into the road just to the left of the solid white line. The area where you can hear the song is now 55 mph, it slows to 45 a little further down the road.

Use the Roadside America app's directions to get you to the area where the music grooves starts. Slow down to 45 and make sure your tires are over close to the solid white line on the passenger side. You need to drive right on the grooves.

[Becky T., 12/05/2021]
Route 66 Musical Road

Theres no musical road!! We went November 2021 and drove the road twice. Either we are blind or the road has been paved over.

[Callmemochelle, 11/09/2021]
Musical Highway Route 66

The musical tone was still working as of September 2021. You have to go 45 mph, or it will just make a hum. At the lower speed you can hear it.

[Martha Arias, 11/03/2021]

The serious purpose behind the Musical Road was to entice travelers to slow down to 45 mph, the posted speed limit.


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