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Cubero is a village next to the old Route 66 in New Mexico. Stop by its Our Lady of Light Church, visit neighboring North Acomita, see great views of Mount Taylor and the San Mateo Mountains to the north. Take a day trip to visit awesome Acoma Pueblo, the Sky City.

Cubero NM

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About Cubero, New Mexico

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 6,217 ft (1.895 m). Population: 289 (2010).

Cubero is a small village in Cibola County, on the original Route 66 alignment. See a Map of Cubero.
Time zone: Mountain (MST): UTC minus 7 hours. Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6).

The archaeological site of Sandia Cave indicates that New Mexico has been inhabited for the last ten thousand years. They later evolved into the Native American Pueblo people who lived in the valleys of the rivers that flow from the Rocky Mountains into the Rio Grande Basin such as the San Jose River. They used the water to irrigate their crops of maize, squash and beans.

Countryside near Cubero, NM

Countryside near Cubero, NM
View of the scenery, the countryside near Cubero, click on image for Street View

The first Europeans to explore this area were the Spanish of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's expedition in 1540 who visited the nearby Acoma Pueblo. In 1589 they conquered Nueva Mexico and established missions to convert the Pueblo to Catholicism. Tired of being oppressed the natives expelled the Spaniards during the 1680 (Pueblo Revolt), but were reconquered in 1692.

The native name for Cubero is "Púñi Tsiama" which means "West Dorway", appropriate since it was the entrance to Laguna from the west.

In 1833, Francisco Sarracino, the territorial Governor, granted almost 16,500 acres of land in to seventy families, who purchased their lots from a native, Francisco Baca who lived there.

In the 1880s, the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad built a station and named it Cubero, but it was located where modern Paraje is located. Cubero is further from the San Jose River, roughly 8 miles from Paraje.

The name: Cubero

Pronounced "Coo-bay-roh", may be that of the Spanish Governor of New Mexico (1696 - 1793) Pedro Rodíguez Cubero. The meaning of "Cubero" is identical to English Cooper or German Kufer: the maker of tubs and barrels.

It appeared in a 1776 map as "Cubera" and in others as Covero, Cabero and Cuvero.

In 1926, Route 66 was aligned along the "Old National Trails" which linked Gallup and Grants with Albuquerque., it passed through the San Jose River Valley and its alignment ran very close to Cubero, which is only 0.8 miles to the southwest of the village.


Where to Stay

There is lodging along Route 66 in Cubero:

> > Book your Hotels in Albuquerque, Acomita Pueblo or Grants

Lodging Near Cubero along Route 66

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>> There are RV campgrounds near Cubero at Acomita.

The weather in Cubero

Latest weather in Cubero, NM
Cubero, New Mexico its location map on Route 66
Location of Cubero on Route 66

The weather in Cubero is sunny, arid and with low relative humidity (dry). Summers are quite hot and winters are cold. Cubero has 278 sunny days per year.

Summer: the average high temperature (Jul) is 89°F (31.7°C) and the average summer low is 56.3°F (13.5°C). Winter: (Jan) the average high is 47.4°F (8.6°C) and the average low is 17°F (-8.3°C); below freezing point.

Average rainfall is 10.5 inches (292 mm) per year, and most (6 in. - 152 mm) falls during summer and early fall (Jul. to Oct.) during the "Monsoon" period. There are 53 rainy days per year. Expect on average 18 inches of snow per year, falling between November and March.

Tornado risk

The tornado risk in Cubero is nil: Cibola County has no Tornado watches. The area west of this point has no tornado events at all.

Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.

Getting to Cubero

To the west is Grants, Gallup (83 mi.) To the east is Laguna, with its Pueblo, Albuquerque (65 mi), and, along the Santa Fe loop of Route 66 are: Bernalillo, Santa Fe (124 mi.) and Pecos.

To the east, beyond Albuquerque are the towns of Moriarty and Santa Rosa.

Map U.S. 66 in Cubero New Mexico

See the alignment of US 66 in Cubero, on our New Mexico Route 66 Map, it has the complete alignment across the state with all the towns along it.

Route 66's alignment in New Mexico: the Historic Route 66 through Cubero

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Route 66 across New Mexico

Click to read the Full description of Route 66 across New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Loop (1926 - 1937)

Our Santa Fe Loop page describes the complete 1926 to 1937 alignment of Route 66 from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque through Pecos, Santa Fe and Bernalillo.

Below is full information on Route 66's 1926 alignment in this town.

Cubero: its Attractions

Landmarks, Route 66 sights

Tiny village

Small Town on Route 66

Cubero is a tiny village next to the original Route 66 alignment in the San Jose River Valley, close to the Acoma Pueblo it lies at the foot of the San Mateo Mountains.

Trivia: I Love Lucy and Hemingway

Actresses Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance owned a summer home near Cubero and Hemingway lived in Cubero while he wrote "The Old Man and the Sea"

Our Lady of Light Church

The Our Lady of Light church was built in 1866 with thick adobe walls to protect the residents from the Apache and Navajo raids. Visit the town during the Parish annual feast on January 1st. It includes an outdoor procession. The church was replaced by a new building between 1972 and 2011.

Church of Our Lady of Light , Cubero, NM

Church of Our Lady of Light , Cubero, NM
Church of Our Lady of Light , Cubero. Click on image for street view

View of Mount Taylor and San Mateo Mountains

From Cubero, towards the north, there is a great view of Mount Taylor.

The mountain which is an extinct volcano, was named after President Zachary Taylor, it sits upon a plateau of lava and sandstone in the Sierra San Mateo. It formed millions of years ago and its elevation is 11,301 ft (3.445 m) and is one of the Navajo sacred mountains.

It is within the Cibola National Forest Mount Taylor District.

North Acomita Village

Elevation: 6,047 ft (1,843 m). Population 303 (2010)

The Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway built a siding 6.4 miles west of Cubero Station, and named it after the Indian village that was south of it, on the south bank of the San Jose River: Acomita.

This small pueblo ("Acomita" in Spanish, is the diminutive of Acoma, so it means "Small Acoma"). It was the summer home of the Acoma people during the cultivation period in the fertile valley area.

North Acomita Village is a small hamlet on Route 66 in Cibola County. See a Map of North Acomita Village. Just south, across the Rio San Jose is South Acomita Village.

San Esteban Mission Church Acoma

San Esteban church, the mission at Acoma Pueblo, NM. Karla Kaulfuss

Acoma Pueblo

On the south side of the San Jose River, facing Cubero is a long and wide valley with a north to south direction along which runs the Acoma Stream (dry most of the year) which leads to the Acoma Pueblo

Acoma Pueblo is 17.4 mi. towards the south. See this Map with directions to reach the Pueblo from Cubero.

A pueblo perched atop a 357 foot-high mesa (108 m), with a historic landmark adobe mission church.


Tours & Itineraries plus outdoor Fun

Nearby Route 66 Towns

Drive east along Route 66 to visit Albuquerque, and nearby visit the villages of the Pueblo people. To the west: McCartys (9.6 mi.) and San Fidel (4.9 mi.)

To the east: Paraje (8.1 mi.), Laguna (13.6 mi.) and Mesita (19.8 miles).

To the south is Acoma Pueblo, 17.5 miles away.

The Old alignment of Route 66 near Cubero

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Route 66 From Albuquerque to Suwanee and Mesita

1926 Alignment through Cubero

Route 66 did not enter Cubero, it curved in an ample radius just to the south of the village, and changed its south-north course for an east-to-west one.

This Map shows that 1926 alignment between Paraje and San Fidel. Cubero is on the upper right side of the alignment.

> > See the previous segment Mesita to Laguna

> > See this complete segment Laguna to McCartys.

National and State Parks

See the Parks in Albuquerque and much closer to Cubero, El Malpais National Monument and Cibola National Forest Mount Taylor District.

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J. J. Bowden, Town of Cubero Grant
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.
Robert Julyan. 1996, The Place Names of New Mexico, UNM Press.
Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat.

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