An upthrust of rock towers above the road (R) as it rises past tall pines
on wooded slopes. The valley opens again, the way descends.
US 60 crosses the CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, 84.1 m., and con-
tinues through a section of magnificent vistas. Outcroppings of colored
sandstone border the road.
PIE TOWN, 86.1 m. (6,810 alt., 50 pop.), started with a filling
station whose owner had taken up a mining claim on this site. His
third occupation was baking pies, hence the name. This is a marketing
point for pinon nuts gathered in this area by Indians who sell to traders
or to wholesalers.
OMEGA, 101.0 m. (6,900 alt., 30 pop.), formerly called Sweazea-
ville, was the original site of Quemado, established in 1870 by Felipe
QUEMADO (Sp. burnt), 108.7 m. (7,000 alt., 284 pop.), the
largest town in Catron County, is named for an Apache chief whose
hand, legend says, was burned in a campfire. Coronado's route in 1540
was through this region.
US 60 continues through rugged country to the ARIZONA LINE,
143.2 m., 17 miles east of Springerville, Arizona.
(Cortez, Col.) —Shiprock—Farmington—Aztec—Cuba—Bernalillo.
US 84 and NM 44-
Colorado Line to Bernalillo, 233.7 m.
Two-lane, graveled road to Shiprock, bituminous-paved to Aztec, gravel and,
dirt to Cuba, bituminous-paved to Bernalillo.
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad roughly parallels route between
Farmington and Aztec; Santa Fe Northwestern Railway between San Ysidro
Accommodations in larger towns.
This route offers fine vistas and panoramas as it runs through the
fertile orchards and farms of the San Juan Valley, crosses the Navaho
and Apache reservations and passes oil fields, fossil beds, grazing lands,
and pueblo ruins.
US 84 crosses the COLORADO LINE, 0 m., 27 miles south of
Cortez, Colorado. Between the Colorado Line and Farmington the
route is within the NAVAHO INDIAN RESERVATION (22,010
pop.), a desert-like country covered with coarse grasses grazed by
Navaho sheep. Geologic formations rich in color appear at intervals
as the route descends to the San Juan River.