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La Bajada Hill

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Tough to find - know exactly how to get to it

We recently drove Rt 66 and one of the things I was really looking forward to, was La Bajada. It... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2015
KWhyte1
,
Maryland
Can't believe anyone could drive this

We happened upon this hill on a back country drive in our very-much-not high ground clearance... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2014
Charlie R
,
Oak Park, Illinois
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Hill that was the final barrier to those journeying on the Santa Fe Trail that linked Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good28%
  • Average0%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible14%
17 Jun 2015
“Tough to find - know exactly how to get to it”
3 Apr 2014
“Can't believe anyone could drive this”
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

We recently drove Rt 66 and one of the things I was really looking forward to, was La Bajada. It didn't happen. First, most guides don't give you much idea of where it is, other than let you know that it is vaguely west of...More

3  Thank KWhyte1
Reviewed 4 April 2014

We happened upon this hill on a back country drive in our very-much-not high ground clearance rental car. Didn't even know it was a famous section of old Route 66 til we got back home. The "road" out from Santa Fe was a hoot in...More

5  Thank Charlie R
Reviewed 3 May 2013

I drove down La Bajada today in my stock Jeep Cherokee. With oversized tires I have maybe 3-4 inches of extra ground clearance. I needed every bit of it but it was enough. Once you begin the descent you're pretty much committed to the whole...More

5  Thank Bob B
Reviewed 13 December 2012

I drove the La Bajada Hill earlier this evening, from west to east (uphill). About mid-way up the hill, the trail splits. I ended up taking the older, less-traveled alignment that goes to the right of the hill (or southeast). It's a challenging route complete...More

2  Thank yellocoyote
Reviewed 17 October 2012

Now you've been warned, which means that some of you will just HAVE to give it a try. Don't. Hike, or maybe use a lightweight off-road motorcycle (one that you can life) or a trail bike. (Our rating refers to driving; La Bajada would be...More

11  Thank RalphEstes
Reviewed 22 July 2012

La Bajada is an historic road, that should not be driven on. If you want to experience the road, hike or bicycle it. DO NOT DRIVE ON IT! The road branches midway and if you are not on foot, you will miss some great petroglyphs...More

4  Thank SWFoodie
Reviewed 16 February 2012

The drive down La Bajada hill was pretty darn scarey. There a lot of big volcanic rocks, tight hairpin curves and drop offs. At one point I thought I was going to tip. It was a very scarey but fun drive. I've always wanted to...More

3  Thank Leslie B
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