New Mexico State Road 53

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State Road 53 marker

State Road 53
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length86.002 mi[1] (138.407 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 61 at the Arizona border
East end NM 122 in Grants
CountiesCibola, McKinley
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
New Mexico 52.svg NM 52New Mexico 55.svg NM 55
NM 53 eastbound near the Arizona border.

State Road 53 (NM 53) is a state highway in the US state of New Mexico. Its total length is approximately 86 miles (138 km). NM 53's western terminus is a continuation as Arizona State Route 61 (AZ 61) at the Arizona border west-southwest of Zuni, and the eastern terminus at NM 122 in the village of Grants.


State Road 54
LocationArizona state line to Grants
NM 53 approaching Zuni Pueblo

NM 53 was originally the east end of NM 54 and then after 1927 a short route extending west from Grants, it was extended over old NM 36 to the Arizona border by the 1940s. It was renamed as NM 53 to avoid confusion with U.S. Route 54 (US 54). In the 1940s, NM 53 was extended northeast from Milan to San Mateo, a small town near Mt. Taylor. The segment from Milan to San Mateo was renumbered NM 605 in 1988.

Major intersections[edit]

McKinley0.0000.000 SR 61Western terminus
21.14734.033 NM 602 northSouthern terminus of NM 602
21.61434.784 NM 36 southNorthern terminus of NM 36
I-40I-40 exit 81
86.002138.407 NM 122Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Posted Route: Legal Description" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. March 16, 2010. p. 91. Retrieved October 10, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. April 3, 2013. pp. 5–7. Retrieved December 20, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

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