Tonite & tomorrow
Experience all you can in Tucumcari!
Population: approximately 5,300 in Tucumcari and 9,600 in Quay County
Elevation: 4,085 ft.
Location: On Historic Route 66, I-40, US 54, NM 104 and 209; 35.16 degrees north of the equator and 103.72 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Economy: Tucumcari is a Farming, Ranching, and Tourist community situated amid mesas and plains. It has 55,940 acres of irrigated cropland and 186,400 acres of non-irrigated cropland. There are 15.9 million acres of ranch land in Quay County
Climate: Dry, or mild climate with an average low of 38F/3C in January to an average high of 97F/26C in July.
From Route 66 memorabilia to dinosaurs to larger-than-life size murals, Tucumcari offers something for everyone! Don’t miss the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, a first-class museum housing the world’s largest collection of spectacular full-scale bronze dinosaur skeletons cast at our local foundry. To know the history of Tucumcari and Route 66, stop by the Tucumcari Historical Museum with its story-telling like exhibits. NM Route 66 Museum located in the Convention Center with nostalgic memorabilia from the Mother Road, Route 66. Get your picture taken in front of the Route 66 Monument at the Convention Center or the world’s largest mural devoted to Route 66 in the United States.
Our community events never got told we’re a small town! Take your pick from iconic annual events like Tucumcari Rawhide Days, Rockin’ on Route 66, the New Mexico Music Showcase, Fired UP, and the Wheels on Fire 100 bike race. That doesn’t even mention the smaller local parties we throw! Cash parties and car shows, dances and dinners, open houses, rodeos, fairs, and more!
Tour the town during the day to see the other wonderful murals located all over the city and at night to see those famous Route 66 Neon signs! Take a trip to nearby Ute Lake or Conchas Lake State Parks and go picnicking, hiking, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, sailing, wind surfing and fishing for bass, walleye, catfish, perch and crappie.
Travel along the numerous Scenic Byways to see the unique landscape and a variety of wildlife, including herds of antelope and deer, flocks of wild turkey, geese, and other rare birds.
Take a break from the fast lane for a little while. It’ll still be there when you’re done.