“An Oasis for Weary Travelers!”
Roy E. Cline had an idea, give road weary travelers a place to stop, shop and eat. In 1934, his vision came to life with the opening of a filling station and café at the intersection of New Mexico State Highways 6 and 2. This placed his new business in between Moriarty and Santa Rosa New Mexico.
At that time Route 66 had a totally different alignment: it ran north towards Las Vegas and Santa Fe, in a wide arch between Santa Rosa and Albuquerque. But due to New Mexico politics, Route 66 would have a new, shorter path, bypassing the state capital. The sixty-nine miles of new road named New Mexico State Highway 6 would shave ninety miles off of Route 66. This new road was the opportunity that Roy needed.
In 1937, AASHO approved the Santa Rosa Cutoff that shortened Route 66. New Mexico Highway 6 moved slightly north and was renamed Route 66/U.S. 285. This posed a problem for Roy Cline and he would have to move the gas station and restaurant to the new Route 66. He purchased the land northwest of the intersecting Highway and convinced map makers to place Clines Corners on the map. Today, eighty-one years later, travelers can find Clines Corners in the same spot that Roy Cline purchased in 1937.
In 1939 Cline sold his property to S. Lynn Smith ("Smitty") who worked the place with his wife. The Smiths prospered and expanded their business. After Smitty's death in 1961 his wife Helen sold Clines Corners. Over the years, Clines Corners Retail Center has had 5 owners.
In the 81 years that Clines Corners has been serving the travelers along I-40, the facility has grown to match the demands of our customers. Clines is no longer a little building and cafe, but has grown to 30,000 square feet of retail space, two convenience filling station, RV park, and restaurants. Clines Corners is committed to providing our travelers with the finest handmade Native American jewelry, amazing gifts, first class hospitality, and the best food in the Southwest.
Got there just in time for dinner before the cafe closed. Not the best food in the world, but the atmosphere was well worth the stop. My kids said it felt like they were in a movie because of the New Mexico scenery.
Best place to shop for souvenirs. I always buy a cactus from here. And the last trip I invested in some super-comfortable fleece-lined boots that got this California girl through the rest of a very cold route 66 road trip.
Not the best place to get gas (you can find it cheaper elsewhere) but you're probably not stopping here for gas. You're probably stopping here to explore the old-school Route 66 attraction, take a few pictures and browse around as a break from sitting in the car. If you can, stop in the Mexican joint for some authentic green chile!
Very bummed put this on the map for our trip and got here before 9 and it was already closed! I had checked their "website" before going and it doesn't list hours so I don't know when they closed but I kind of assumed no hours listed and such a "destination" at the corner of two highways.... maybe it's 24/7...unfortunately it was not.
Was there in August on a motorcycle trip from Ilinois. Food was great and everyone was so friendly. Bought some things and looking forward to stopping there again.
Nothing extraordinary - subway or a burger place to eat. Looks like they are under construction for much of the building -March 2020. Bought some $10 t-shirts and bumper stickers. Convenience store, gas and restroom and went on our way.
This was a fun little stop. Definitely the best place for souvenirs. I should have bought more because no other place on our trip compared. We ended up spending way more time in here than expected because of all the cool things inside to see. The bathrooms were really cool and clean which we really appreciated since we hit some bad ones along our trip.
Fun as always. Love stopping here everyone we come this way.
We made it here a little before 9p and the amazing looking gift shop was closed :( the part that was open was not that great, no coffee and the pop machine was out of order. I was disappointed but will have to stop next time to really see everything when it's open.
I have stopped here many times on long road trips. Burgers are great! Much better than average.
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Clines Corners Travel Center
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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