Bernalillo County and City of Albuquerque are developing a Route 66 Visitor Center located at 12200 Central Ave SW ABQ NM 87121, atop of Nine Mile Hill, near Atrisco Vista and I-40. The design plans for 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 areas, including the parking lot, will be utilized for a makeshift drive-in theater, car shows, and other events.
The proposed 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 28 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.