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New Mexico

Southern, US 82 and other mountain roads near Alamogordo. Twisty, very scenic, good road condition, light traffic. Route 82 east of Alamogordo climbs from about 4500 ft to 8500 ft in just a few miles. Twisty and steep. Several other roads head off of 82, including route 6563, which leads to Sunspot, at about 9500 ft. Many blind turns, and few guard rails on the outside of turns, so be careful. MAP

Northern, State Highway 518. Both scenic and twisty, medium traffic density, excellent road condition. From Taos, SH 518 south, great winding road, good scenery, great mountains. Then catch SH 75 going west to Embudo, then SH 68 north back to Taos. About 75 miles altogether.

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