New Mexico State Road 9

State Road 9 (NM 9) is a 109.154-mile-long (175.666 km) state road in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The highway spans Hidalgo, Grant, and Luna counties from its western terminus at NM 80 to its eastern terminus at CR A003 at the Doña Ana county line. NM 9 and NM 338 are the only remaining New Mexico State Roads to form a concurrency.

State Road 9
NM 9 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length109.154 mi[1] (175.666 km)
Major junctions
West end NM 80 near Rodeo
East endCR A003 at the Doña Ana county line
CountiesHidalgo, Grant, Luna
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 8NM 10

Route description

NM 9 highway generally follows the abandoned railway line built in 1901-02 by El Paso & South Western as the route from Douglas, through New Mexico to El Paso. The railroad was abandoned in 1961 due to lack of cargo, and the railroad tracks were removed a year later.

The highway's western terminus is at NM 80 north of Rodeo, in the San Simon Valley close to the border with Arizona. The route then climbs through Antelope Pass, a gap in the Peloncillo Mountains, into the Animas Valley where it intersects with NM 338 in the town of Animas. A few miles east of Animas, the road again climbs and crosses the Continental Divide the first of three times, then intersects with NM 113 (which goes northbound to I-10). Continuing east, the road crosses the Continental Divide twice in less than 2 miles (3 km), then descends to the Hachita Valley.

In Hachita, the road intersects first with NM 146 (which goes northbound to I-10), then with NM 81 (which goes south to Antelope Wells, and into Mexico). From Hachita, NM 9 continues ESE, then generally East to Columbus, where it intersects with NM 11 (which goes north to Deming and south to Puerto Palomas). East of Columbus, NM 9 stays within 3 miles (4.8 km) of the Mexican border. NM 9 officially ends at the Dona Ana County line, but the road continues as Dona Ana County Road A003 to the Pete Domenici Highway (NM 136) just west of El Paso.[2]

Major intersections

Hidalgo0.0000.000 NM 80 Rodeo, Road ForksWestern terminus
Animas13.88222.341 NM 338 southWestern end of NM 338 concurrency
14.02622.573 NM 338 north Cotton CityEastern end of NM 338 concurrency
28.68146.158 NM 1113 south (Smelter Road) PlayasNorthern terminus of NM 1113
28.77346.306 NM 113 north (Muir Road) to I-10Southern terminus of NM 113
GrantHachita44.11770.999 NM 146 northSouthern terminus of NM 146
50.66381.534 NM 81 south Antelope WellsNorthern terminus of NM 81; to Mexico-U.S. border at Antelope Wells
LunaColumbus87.865141.405 NM 11 (Columbus Road) Columbus, Puerto Palomas, Chih.
LunaDoña Ana
county line
109.154175.666CR A003 Santa TeresaEastern terminus, roadway continues as CR A003 to Santa Teresa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

  • U.S. Roads portal


  1. "Posted RouteLegal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. pp. 3–4. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  2. Google (January 9, 2011). "NM 9" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  3. "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. p. 5. Retrieved August 28, 2017.

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