The Salt Missions Trail (SMT) Scenic Byway lies approximately 30 miles east of Albuquerque, in the central part of New Mexico. This 150-mile Byway connects Old Route 66 with the Abo Canyon Trail and provides a loop through scenic Torrance County. It runs through the Village of Tijeras, the Town of Edgewood, the City of Moriarty, the Town of Estancia, the Village of Willard and the Town of Mountainair. It also connects a number of historic farming and Spanish land grant communities, including McIntosh, Punta de Aqua, Manzano, Torreon, and Chilili. RTPO staff provide support to the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway Committee in Torrance, southern Santa Fe and east Bernalillo Counties.
MRCOG and the SMT Committee secured enough funding to purchase 51 Salt Missions Trail signs to be installed along the Byway. The SMT Committee worked with NMDOT to install 51 along the route in August/September of 2015. A ribbon cutting ceremony occurred at Estancia’s Arthur Park on September 18, 2015. As more information is available, it will be posted on the Facebook Page.