On the less-traveled U.S. Highway 60, on the way to Phoenix, Arizona from New Mexico, there’s a little tiny town called Pie Town. When planning our 2017 summer road trip, I spotted Pie Town on the map and decided we would have to stop there on our way home from Santa Fe. It’s a bit out of the way, but we thought it would be nice to take a different highway for a change. After all, we’ve taken Highway 40 plenty of times. So, from Albuquerque, we headed South to a town called Socorro, then continued on our westward journey. It’s a whole lot of nothing, for the most part, and then you see it. But, don’t blink or you might miss it.
According to local legend, Pie Town’s name came from a local merchant who began to sell refreshments to travelers as they were passing through. The merchant’s pies were especially delicious, so travelers and locals began to refer to the town as “Pie Town,” and well, the name stuck.
If you’re traveling through Pie Town in the early part of the week, you may be disappointed to learn that most of the businesses are closed. We thankfully realized this before we set out on our drive, and stayed an extra night at our Santa Fe campground to ensure that we would arrive in Pie Town and actually be able to eat pie.
We arrived on a Thursday, fairly early in the afternoon, and one restaurant was open. Pie-O-Neer Pies.
I love the story of this restaurant. When the family visited Pie Town in 1995, they were disappointed to see a very real lack of pie. So, they did what any reasonable people would do: they bought a restaurant and started making pies.
And boy, do they make pies.
We chose a few slices of pie to share, and then when we finished those we ordered one more to go. For our dine-in options we went with (from the top left, clockwise): Coconut Cream, New Mexico Apple (with green chile and pine nuts!), Chocolate Cream, and Chocolate Pecan.
While we were eating they brought out some more fresh pie slices, and one in particular caught my eye. I had to grab a slice to go.
The staff at Pie-O-Neer were an absolute delight, too. Funny, helpful, kind, and really good at making pie. We also were given a great tip on a cool place to stop and stretch our legs on our way to Phoenix. While we were enjoying our slices, one of the employees brought their guest book over to our table. We love adding ourselves to the guest books of the different places we visit, so we made sure to all sign before we left.
The rest of Pie Town is just as quaint, but unfortunately almost everything else was closed on the day we were passing through.
The Gatherin Place? Closed.
Pie Town Cafe? Closed. (They’re open Sunday to Wednesday, apparently.)
The Post Office? Also closed, but we really didn’t have a need to for it to be open.
Pie Town Mercantile? Permanently closed according to Google.
Whatever this is doesn’t look like it’s been open for a long time.
The cemetery was open, though.
Was Pie Town worth adding a few miles to our trip? Absolutely! Would we do it again? Heck yes! I’m craving some of that apple pie with green chiles and pine nuts. If you find yourself driving along Highway 60, give Pie Town a visit!
TIPS FOR THIS TRAVEL STOP:
- There’s lots of pie, but there weren’t many other food options around on a Thursday. Some of the restaurants do serve food aside from pie. Be sure to double check which establishments are open on the day you plan to drive through.
- It’s HOT in the summer! Make sure you bring and/or drink a lot of water if you decide to walk around.
- The cell phone signal isn’t great. Most of the restaurants have free Wi-fi, though!
- Don’t plan on spending a ton of time in Pie Town. It’s more of a quick pit stop. The folks who live in Pie Town enjoy the quiet lifestyle, so try to stay on the main road and not loiter around homes.
- There’s a Pie Festival! Every year, on the second Saturday on September. If you did want to spend a little longer in Pie Town, this would be the day to do it.