About Cuervo, New Mexico
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: Elevation4,859 ft (1,481 m). Population: n⁄a (2010).
Time zone: Mountain (MST): UTC minus 7 hours. Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6).
This part of New Mexico has been inhabited for more than 10,000 years as attested by stone tools found at the Clovis Site not too far from Cuervo.
This area was explored by the Spanish (Coronado's expedition passed by Cuervo in the mid 1500s). The area was later incoprorated into their American colonies as "Nueva México", which was governed from Santa Fe (NM). However Cuervo was not settled; and the local Querecho Apaches natives lived as they had done for generations.
After Mexican Independence from Spain, the land passed to Mexico, but lost it after being defeated during the Mexican - American War (1846 - 48): the territory became part of the U.S. as New Mexico. The U.S. Army pacified the Kiowa, Kiowa Apache and Comanche natives allowing settlement in the mid-1870s.
The town was founded when the CRI&G Railroad (Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railroad) reached it as it expanded its tracks westwards from Texas towards Arizona. The railroad siding was built in 1902 and named "Cuervo". The post office was opened that same year.
Catholic Church Cuervo, built 100 years ago.
The name: Cuervo
"Cuervo" is the Spanish word for crow and probably originated from one of two hills located close to it: Cuervo Hill (5,366 ft.) 9 m. northwest of the town or Cuervito Peak -Cuervito is Spanish for "Small Crow" (4,984 ft.) located just 1 mi. northwest of the village.
It was a small rural community in a ranching district, but the trains stopped stopping there in 1910, which drew trade to nearby Santa Rosa. However when Route 66 was aligned through it in 1926 it added some gas stations and stores to cater to the travellers. The town grew and had a couple of churches (still standing).
After World War II, Jack Rittenhouse in his 1946 "A Guide to Highway 66" describes it as follows: "(Pop. 128... few gas stations; groceries; no cafe, garage or other tourist accommodations) A scant dozen dwellings comprise this small town...".
The Interstate highway system which was created in 1956 would reach Cuervo in the late 1960s and deliver a blow to its moribound economy. Interstate 40 was built right through the middle of Cuervo and traffic zipped passed, not stopping there any longer.
Now it is a scattering of houses and, the two churches.
Where to Stay
Cuervo does not have any accommodation but there are several hotels in other major towns that are close to it:
Lodging Near Cuervo along Route 66
- 18 miles. Motels and Hotels in Santa Rosa.
- 95 miles. Motels and Hotels in Moriarty.
- 134 miles. Motels and Hotels in Albuqerque.
- 42 miles. Motels and Hotels in Tucumcari.
Further east, in Texas:
The Santa Fe Route 66 segment
>> There are RV campgrounds close to Cuervo.
Weather in Cuervo
Weather widget for the town nearest Cuervo:
Cuervo is located in a semiarid area with around 15 inches (381 mm) of rainfall per year. Summer is hot but during the night, the temperature falls. Winters are cool.
There are approximately 266 sunny days per year and around 40 days with precipitation. Rainfall is higher during the summer with intense downpours: Between May and the end of August around 9.4 in. of rain falls (239 mm).
Snowfall is quite moderate with around 8.4 inches of snow (21.4 cm). You may encounter snow at any time between Sept. and May
Average high temperature in summer (July) is about 93°F (34°C). In winter (Jan) the high is 53°F (12°C). The average summer low is around 64°F (18°C) and the winter low is 23°F (-5°C).
Cuervo is located in an area with almost no tornado risk: it only has two (2) Tornado watches per year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
Getting to Cuervo
At Clines Corner you can head north along the Santa Fe loop of Route 66 to Santa Fe.
To the east, lies Newkirk (9 mi.), Montoya (20 mi.), Tucumcari (42 mi), San Jon (84 mi.) , and on the New Mexico - Texas state line is Glenrio (84 mi.), and further east, in Texas is Amarillo (157 mi.).
Map of Cuervo and Route66
Map of Cuervo and Route 66 in New Mexico.
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment; Red line: I-40 & I-25 where they overlap the old alignment.
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Route 66 itinerary to Cuervo
Route 66 in New Mexico
Click to read the Full description of Route 66 across New Mexico.
Below we give information on Route 66's 1926 alignment near Cuervo which is Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Santa Fe Loop (1926 - 1937)
Visit our Santa Fe Loop page which describes the complete 1926 to 1937 alignment of Route 66 from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque through Pecos, Santa Fe and Bernalillo.
Cuervo, New Mexico: Attractions & Sights
Things to Do and See
Cuervo, its Attractions
Cuervo is almost a ghost town, with a few scattered homes and some abandoned buildings along Historic Route 66. The catholic church was built one century ago during World War I (1914-1918) in sandstone. It is pictured above.
The old 1926 dirt surfaced Route 66 west of Cuervo
Tours & Itineraries
Nearby Route 66 Towns
The Old alignment of Route 66 near Cuervo
Newkirk to Cuervo Historic Route 66
Route 66, Cuervo, NM.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This is the historic segment of Route 66 from Newkirk to Cuervo and on to Santa Rosa. We describe it in our Santa Rosa page: Route 66 from Newkirk to Santa Rosa, which includes the Cuervo segment.
National and State Parks
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, 1946, A guide to Highway 66
Robert Julyan. 1996, The Place Names of New Mexico, UNM Press.
Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.