Opening in 2023
Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that during our move-in phase, our doors are open to the public for a special preview of our brand-new facility. We invite you to come and explore all that the West Central Route 66 Visitor Center has to offer.
Located in the heart of Albuquerque, our visitor center is dedicated to preserving the rich history and vibrant spirit of the legendary Route 66. Whether you're a road trip enthusiast, a history buff, or simply curious about this iconic American highway, our center is the perfect place to delve into the fascinating stories and experiences of the Mother Road.
During this phase, we will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. These preview days offer you a unique opportunity to witness the transformation of our space and get a sneak peek of the exhibits, displays, and interactive features we have in store.
Please note that while we are in our move-in phase, certain areas of the visitor center may still be under construction or undergoing final touches. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we put the finishing touches on this exciting project.
Don't miss your chance to be among the first to experience the West Central Route 66 Visitor Center! Mark your calendar and join us on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing the magic of Route 66.
For any inquiries or further information, please feel free to contact us at 505-836-2976.
See you soon on the Mother Road!
Exciting News! Express Your Interest in Hosting Your Event at the West Central Route 66 Visitor Center!
Thank you for considering the West Central Route 66 Visitor Center as a potential venue for your upcoming event. While we are currently unable to accept bookings, we appreciate your enthusiasm and would love to keep you informed about future availability.
Please take a moment to submit our interest form below, and we will reach out to you as soon as we are ready to start taking bookings.
Bernalillo County and City of Albuquerque have built a Route 66 Visitor Center located at 12300 Central Ave SW ABQ NM 87121, atop of Nine Mile Hill, near Atrisco Vista and I-40.
The center is scheduled to open in early Q1 of 2023.
The 21,000 square foot multipurpose center includes a banquet/event hall, outdoor amphitheater, Route 66 museum, taproom, gift shop, and administrative offices. The outdoor market areas, including the parking lot, will be utilized for a makeshift drive-in theater, car shows, artisan pop ups, and other outdoor events.
The visitor center is located on Bernalillo County property. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has selected WCCDG through a competitive proposal process to be the facility operator and manager.
The Rt 66 Visitors Center is a community driven project led by the Southwest Alliance of Neighbors and the West Central Community Development Group, who over the last 30 years advocated and secured public financing from state, county and city government to make the center a reality.
Albuquerque has the longest stretch of the historic mother road in the country, and when operational, the visitor center will have a national presence and locally will further advance economic development on the West Central corridor.
The center will be a catalyst for tourism-related business along West Central. It will help stimulate private and public investment, create jobs and bring greater prosperity to the West Side, and all of Albuquerque.