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Spud Patch on Mount Taylor

Spud Patch on Mount Taylor

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Grants is the seat of Cibola County, and is located between Mount Taylor and El Malpais, on the east side of the Continental Divide. Grants is near many of the scenic and cultural attractions of northwest New Mexico, such as Acoma Pueblo (the famed Sky City), the Pueblo of Laguna, Chaco Canyon, El Morro, the Zuni Mountains, El Malpais National Monument, and sacred Mount Taylor.

The city also straddles historic Route 66, and there are vestiges of past glory evident in the fading neon signs for cafes and motels that once served westbound travelers on the legendary highway. Good New Mexican food can be found in several locally run restaurants like Grants Cafe, El Cafecito, and El Ranchero. Travelers will also find reasonably priced accommodations at chain hotels and funky independent motels still hanging on along Route 66.

Local area information can be found at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, just south of Exit 85 off I-40. This center is operated by the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management; numerous free maps and other travel information are available, and staff can help travelers get out and enjoy the varied attractions of the area's public land.

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