New Mexico State Road 7

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State Road 7 marker
State Road 7
Carlsbad Caverns Highway
NM 7 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length7.199 mi[1] (11.586 km)
ExistedJune 1929[2]–present
Major junctions
East end US 62 / US 180 at Whites City
West endUS-NationalParkService-Logo.svg Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 6 NM 8

New Mexico State Road 7 (NM 7) is a 7.199-mile-long (11.586 km) paved, two-lane state highway in Eddy County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. NM 7 east terminus is in Whites City at the road's junction with U.S. Route 62 and U.S. Route 180 which run concurrently at that location. The road travels mostly west from there in a somewhat winding path leading to Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitors Center.

Route description[edit]

NM 7 starts at the intersection with US 62/US 180 in Whites City right across from Whites City Fire Department. The highway travels north-northwest through Whites City and after 0.5 miles (0.80 km) reaches the boundary of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. From there the road follows the bottom of the Walnut Canyon winding through the northeastern end of the Guadalupe Ridge mountains slowly changing direction from northern to western. Shortly after passing a 5 mile mark, the highway turns sharply south climbing up the ridge, swings east and arrives at the Visitors Center.


The original Route 7 traveled between Route 1 in Alameda through San Ysidro and Jemez to Jemez Springs as can be seen on 1918 and 1923 maps. In 1927, a section between San Ysidro and Alameda was reassigned to Route 44. In 1929 the road was redesignated as Route 4.[3]

After the Carlsbad Caverns National Park was established in 1923 a road was built connecting it to Route 18 (modern day US 62 /US 180). This road was designated as NM 7 in June 1929 by the New Mexico State Highway Commission.[2]

On December 9, 1981, New Mexico State Highway Commission approved the following resolution:[2]

That State Road 7, from its intersection with U.S. 62/180 west to the eastern boundary of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a distance of 0.5 miles [800 m], is designated as Carlsbad Caverns Highway.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Eddy County.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park7.19911.586US-NationalParkService-Logo.svg Carlsbad Caverns Visitor CenterWestern terminus
Whites City0.0000.000 US 62 / US 180 (National Parks Highway)  – Carlsbad, El PasoEastern 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. 3. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "State of New Mexico Memorial Designations & Dedications of Highways, Structures & Buildings" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. p. 34. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Details of New Mexico State Routes 1-25". Steve Riner Highways. Retrieved October 29, 2017.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "TIMS Road Segments by Posted Route/Point with AADT Info; NM, NMX-Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. June 8, 2016. p. 4. Retrieved November 3, 2017.

External links[edit]

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