At 77 m. is a junction with US 60, and the roads are united for
2.2 miles (see Tour 8a).
WILLARD, 79.2 m. (6,091 alt., 461 pop.), is in the center of a
large stock raising region. Here the route follows NM 42 (R).
At 84 m. (L) is a chain of natural salt lakes from which, according
to a Spanish document dated 1668, burros laden with salt were driven
more than 700 miles to the silver mines in southern Chihuahua, Mexico.
The Spaniards were operating these mines with the aid of Indian slaves
and needed salt for smelting the ores. The salt traffic, however, had
gone on for centuries before it was resumed by the Spaniards. It had
been a staple of trade among the Indians of the Southwest, and was
known to the Mexican Indians, although it was not then carried by
NM 42 continues to CEDAR VALE, 110.2 m. (6,400 alt., 245
pop.), center of another dry-farming region.
NM 42 continues across the northeast corner of the Lincoln Na-
tional Forest, with views of North Peak and Cougar Mountain (R).
CORONA, 122.6 m. (6,666 alt., 717 pop.), is situated in an agri-
cultural district in Lincoln County. Mining, wool, and cattle raising
are the principal industries.
In Corona is a junction with US 54 (see Tour 18).
Junction with US 64—Santa Cruz—Chimayo—Truchas—29.8 m.
Two-lane, graded dirt roadbed between US 64 and Truchas; rough dirt else-
This route runs through farming communities and mountain villages
of the Chimayo Valley which is the center of the Chimayo type of
weaving and has some of the most spectacular scenery in the State. Old
customs are observed in this section and the Penitente Brotherhood
flourishes here; El Santuario, a noted sanctuary, is on the route. The
winding road and sharp turns necessitate careful driving.
The Truchas Road runs east from its junction with US 64, 0 m.
(see Tour 3a) and passes EL SANTO NINO (Holy Child), 0.5 m.,
an old section of Santa Cruz.
SANTA CRUZ, 2.5 m. (4,582 alt., 592 pop.), of importance dur-
ing the early Spanish period, is a Spanish-speaking village of adobe
houses around a sleepy plaza with a large modern concrete cross in the