In rain or snow, Route 5010 in New Mexico is impassable – and highlights the government’s shameful neglect of Native people
- This story is published in collaboration with Searchlight New Mexico
Sharon Begay knows this road by heart.
The 43-year-old mother of two has spent a lifetime memorizing the jagged surface and thuggish boulders that define Indian service route 5010. Locals just call it “the road” and gauge distances with landmarks: windmills, S-curves, a water tower covered with graffiti that once served as the town’s main source of gossip.