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About Moriarty

The City of Moriarty is located in Torrance County; approximately 40 miles east of Albuquerque. Geographically, the City of Moriarty is located in the northern portion of the Estancia Basin, east of the Sandia Mountains and Tijeras Canyon which serves as the pass to Albuquerque. Moriarty's neighboring municipalities include Edgewood to the west and Estancia, Willard, and Mountainair to the south.

Moriarty is located at the junction of I-40 and NM 41. These two major roads are crucial to the City's economy, bringing truckers and travelers to Moriarty. Another road of great significance to Moriarty is Historic Route 66. The original "Mother Road" (Route 66, which once served as the main thoroughfare from Chicago to Los Angeles) is now designated as a national scenic byway and also serves as Moriarty's "Main Street" and primary location for businesses and services.

Commercial and business development in Moriarty is concentrated along Historic Route 66. Much of the traffic and business comes from I-40, which runs parallel to Historic Route 66 in an east-west direction. As a result of the proximity to these major roads, highway related services (gas stations, restaurants, vehicle repair, etc.) are major components of the economy. More recent commercial and business development is spreading along NM 41 and Martinez Road. The rapid growth of the Town of Edgewood, located less than ten miles west of Moriarty along I-40 is influencing commercial growth and traffic on the far northwest side of Moriarty along I-40 and NM 333 (Historic Route 66). The City benefits from the two designated scenic and historic byways that pass through Moriarty: Route 66 and the Salt Missions Trail. The Salt Missions Trail leads to the extensive mission ruins of Abo, Gran Quivira, and Quarai.

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