About Romeroville, New Mexico
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: Elevation: 6,287 ft (1,918 m). Population: n⁄a.
Time zone: Mountain (MST): UTC minus 7 hours. Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6).
Romeroville is a small community located on the junction of US-84 with US-85 & I-25. At one time Route 66 following the formar Ozark Trail met the Santa Fe Trail at this point and headed west towards Santa Fe.
People have lived in this part of New Mexico for at least 10,000 years, the Pecos River was a main route linking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the north with the plains and the Llano Estacado in the southeast.
Old cutting, at Kearny Pass, west of Romeroville.
This part of New Mexico was not actively settled during the Spanish Colonial period (1598 - 1821), it was too far from the capital at Santa Fe across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and its location on the foothills next to the Great Plains exposed it to the raids of the Comanches and Apaches. It was however a strategic trade route linking New Mexico with the east, and the Santa Fe Trail passed through the area.
Some time after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821 did the meadows attract Mexican settlers in the 1830s who founded Las Vegas a few miles west of where Romeroville is now located. But Mexico lost the territory to the U.S. after its defeat during the Mexican - American War (1846 - 48). The Mormon Batallion led by General Kearny passed through Las Vegas and what would become Romeroville in 1846; the pass west of the village, shown above, bears his name.
The U.S. Army quickly neutralized the Indian attacks and pacified the area, trade grew along the "Santa Fe Trail". One trader, Don Trinidad Romero chose this point to set up his headquarters on the Santa Fe Trail, it was the beginning of Romeroville.
The name: Romeroville
The town was named after Trinidad Romero (1835 - 1918), a business man of Hispanic origin, from Santa Fe, who owned a freight company that worked the Santa Fe Trail. He set up his offices at a ranch just south of Las Vegas in the 1880s. He was also a representative in the Territorial house of representatives and congressman (1877-79).
Trinidad Romero. Credits.
The establishment built by Don Romero coincided with the arrival of the railroad. The station was named after him (without the "ville" part), and it was a humble place described in a 1915 description by the USGS of the area as "Romero (ro-may'ro) 6,287 ft. 791 mi. from Kansas city. A siding.".
Romero built a two-story adobe mansion which later became a hospital and finally a "dude ranch" which burned to the ground in 1932. (See a photo of the mansion taken in 1900).
A "Guest Ranch" or "Dude Ranch" is a ranch that caters to visitors and tourists, giving them a taste of the "Old Wild West" and the life on ranches.
Romeroville was built at a strategic location just west of Las Vegas: it was the point where the railway took a southwards course at the junction of the trail leading along Gallinas Stream to Santa Rosa and the Santa Fe Trail to Santa Fe.
Just to the west of Romeroville is Romeroville Canyon, a gorge in the mesa that links Las Vegas westwards with Bernal, now used by I-25 and US-85 but which was the original route of the "Santa Fe Trail" and later, the alignment chosen for Route 66 in 1926.
The railroad towards Santa Fe from Romeroville headed south (parallel what is now US 84), through two stops: Ojita mi. 779; the Spanish word (O-hee'ta) means little spring, from "ojo de agua" or "water-eye") and Sulzbacher before turning west into Bernal.
Romeroville was chosen as the western terminus of the Ozark Trail due to its location on the Santa Fe Trail. Later, in 1926, Route 66 was aligned along the Ozark Trail through Romeroville.
After 1937, Route 66 was realigned along a shorter course from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque through Moriarty and the road through Romeroville from the south became US 84, and the one that passed through it from east to west, US 85.
Accommodation near Romeroville
There are lodging options for those travelling along Route 66 in some nearby towns
>> Book your Hotels in nearby Las Vegas
Lodging Near Romeroville along Route 66
Heading South and east ...
- 7 miles. Motels and Hotels in Las Vegas NM.
- 60 miles. Motels and Hotels in Santa Fe.
West along the later Route 66 alignment
- 114 miles. Motels and Hotels in Albuquerque.
- 174 miles. Motels and Hotels in Acoma Pueblo.
- 194 miles. Motels and Hotels in Grants.
- 254 miles.Motels and Hotels in Gallup.
>> There are RV campgrounds near Romeroville
Weather in Romeroville
Summers are warm and winters quite cold. The area is dry.
The average summer high (Jul) is 83°F (28.3°C) and the low average is 52°F (11.1°C). In winter (Jan) the average low and high are: 22°F (-5.5°C) and 46°F (7.8°C) respectively.
Rainfall is higher during the period between May and Nov. (13 in. - 330 mm). The average rainfall is 16.5 in. per year (419 mm).
There are 272 sunny days and 62 precipitation days per year in this sunny and dry town. Snowfall is around 27 in. per year, and falls between Nov. and March.
Romeroville is located in an area with virtually no tornado risk: San Miguel county only has two (2) Tornado watches per year and mostly in the eastern fringe of the county.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
Getting to Romeroville
Far, towards the southwest, on the crossing of old an new alignments of Route 66 is Albuquerque (116 mi.)
Map of Romeroville and Route66
Map of Romeroville and Route 66 in New Mexico.
Pale Blue: Historic 1926 Route 66 alignment; Red line:US 84 & I-25 where they overlap the old alignment.
Black: the rest of Route 66.
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Route 66 itinerary through Romeroville
Route 66 in New Mexico
Click to read the Full description of Route 66 across New Mexico.
The Santa Fe Loop (1926 - 1937)
Visit our Santa Fe Loop page for all the details on the 1926 to 1937 alignment of Route 66 from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque through Pecos, Santa Fe and Santo Domingo.
Below is full information on Route 66's 1926 alignment in Romeroville.
Romeroville, New Mexico: Attractions & Sights
Things to Do and See
Romeroville, its Attractions
Where the Ozark Trail meets the Old Santa Fe Trail
Romeoville is a small community at the junction of the Ozark Trail and the Santa Fe Trail on the 1926 to 1937 alignment of Route 66 between Santa Rosa and Santa Fe.
An Ozark Trail Obelisk once stood here.
The village is tiny, and is enclosed by I-25 & US 85 on the north and US 84 on the south. The railway crosses through it, following I-25.
The railway and US 85 ⁄ I-40 follow the "Santa Fe Trail" with an east to west alignment.
The Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe was linked to Mexico City to the south by the "Camino Real de Tierra Adentro", a Royal Highway built by the Spanish Crown. But another important trail was opened in the 1792 across the Great Plains to trade with the French Louisiana settlements on the Missouri River (now St. Joseph and Independence MO).
Wagon trains used it to move goods from the east into New Mexico, and later, pioneers trekked along it to settle the west.
Upon reaching New Mexico it split into two forks to reach Santa Fe, one of them went through Las Vegas, Romeroville and Pecos.
They all cross Kearny Pass, a historic point just east of the village.
Kearny Pass or Kearny Gap
The image above shows the cutting at Puerta del Sur just east of Romeroville. The railway is on the left, I-40 cut right through the hill further to the right.
A tower built in stone stood over the Pass, it was known as the "Torreón", it was built to guard against the Indian raids.
U.S. highway 85 which passes by the north side of Romeroville is, with Interstate 25 known as the "CanAm Highway":
With a total length of: 1,975 mi (3,179 km), it is an international highway linking El Paso,Texas, USA with La Ronge in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hence its name "CanAm".
In the US it is U.S. Route 85 & I-25, both of which cross New Mexico and coincide with the old 1926 - 1937 alignment of Route 66 from Santa Fe to Romeroville.
The meeting point of the Ozark Trail and the Santa Fe Trail
The image below shows the point where the 1926 alignment of Route 66 (nowadays it is Camino Romeroville) met the old 1926 alignment of US 85 that linked (overlapping Route 66 west of this point), Santa Fe with Las Vegas NM.
It was also the point where the Ozark Trail met the Santa Fe Trail.
Current view of the junction of "The Santa Fe Trail" and the Old 1926 Route 66 in Romeroville
The Ozark Trail Monument Site
The obelisk at Romeroville, an Ozark Trail marker now gone. ca. 1920. Credits
The Ozark Trail Association was the brain-child of William Hope "Coin" Harvey (1851-1936), an entrepreneur, teacher and active promoter of tourism. He foresaw the importance of the automobile in America and established the Ozark Trail in 1913 to promote good roads, road signs and maps.
The Ozark Trail soon grew to span Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and eastern New Mexico. When Route 66 was created, it was aligned along the Ozark Trail from NM to MO.
As there were no Federal highways at that time, monuments shaped like pyramids or obelisks were erected at key locations and the mileage to major cities were painted on the markers.
One can still be seen in Oklahoma (Between Stroud and Davenport).
There was another at Romeroville, the western terminus of the Ozark Trail.
It was a 50 foot obelisk that was located at the junction of the Santa Fe Trail and the Ozark Trail. That is, modern US 85 which was the Santa Fe Trail from Santa Fe to Las Vegas, and current US 84, which linked Las Vegas to Santa Rosa NM, and would later become the 1926 - 1937 alignment of Route 66.
Tours & Itineraries
Nearby Route 66 Towns
The 1926 to 1937 alignment of Route 66 near Romeroville
From Dilia to Romeroville
The 1926 - 1937 alignment from Dilia to Romeroville is now part of US 84 almost all the way to Romeroville. Head north along it, from Dilia, passing by the access to the Aurupa Site and as you approach Romeroville, just before the junction with I-25 and US 85, take a right along "Camino Romeroville", into the small village. It will lead you to the place where the Ozark Trail Obelisk once stood.
Take a left and head west along the old U.S. 85 (which used to be the old Route 66) and now is NM-A25A. It will end in a dead end marking the end of the original alignment. You will have to back track and get on to the I-25 at Exit 339 and head west along it towards Tecolote.
See the map (Dilia to Romeroville).
Romeroville to Tecolote
Almost the whole roadbed of Route 66 has been destroyed when I-25 was built. You will have to drive along I-25 all the way to Tecolote and once you reach that town, leave the Interstate at Exit 335 head to the eastern side of it and follow the "Camino Viejo" (Spanish for "Old Road") until it ends (0.8 mi.). That is what remains of US 66. Go back to the underpass, and head into the village.
Take B47A southwards towards Tecolote Creek. The road ends there as the bridge is gone. But this is the original Route 66 alignment through Tecolote, you can still see the concrete pylons in the river bed.
This map shows the alignment north of the Creek Map of Route 66 in Tecolote.
See the alignment of Route 66 from Tecolote to Bernal.
The Santa Fe Cut-Off
NM 6 which linked Santa Rosa with Albuquerque via Moriarty was finished in 1927 but only later was it paved and finally, in 1937 it was incorporated into the new alignment of Route 66 that "cut-off" Santa Fe, shortening the road and providing a quicker paved route to Albuquerque and the Pacific Coast.
Romeroville was also cut off by this new alignment.
Route 66 on the main post 1937 alignment
Route 66 south of Romeroville
Route 66 west of Tecolote
> > Tecolote to San Jose through Bernal.
The map's is from the David Rumsey Collection. Metadata: Author and Publisher: Rand McNally and Company, Chicago. Date: 1927. Full Title: Rand McNally junior auto road map Arizona, New Mexico. Copyright by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago, Ill. (1927). List No: 5755.032 Page No: 66-67 Series No: 36.
National and State Parks
Robert Julyan. 1996, The Place Names of New Mexico, UNM Press.
Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.
Postcard from Joe Sonderman's OnLine Route 66 Archive, under fair use.
Original artwork by A. Whittall based on Google Street View Imagery.
Under Fair use, Source: U.S. Senate Historical Office
Guidebook of the Western United States: Part C - The Santa Fe Route, With a Side Trip to Grand Canyon of the Colorado, bulletin 613. Nelson Horatio Darton.