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Welcome to the Turquoise Trail

The perfect day trip linking Santa Fe and Albuquerque!

Venture off the freeway and onto the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, and you'll see what we mean. The Scenic and Historic Area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The drive is approximately 50 miles along Highway 14. Enjoy a breathtaking view from atop Sandia Crest, then drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, music, museums and restaurants.

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Plan Your Day Trip On The Turquoise Trail

The Scenic and Historic Area of the Turquoise Trail encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Enjoy a breathtaking view from atop Sandia Crest, then drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, music, museums and restaurants. View Interactive Map »

Featured Stops & Shops

Henderson Store

Henderson Store

Family owned and operated since 1918. Henderson's carries high quality, competitively priced Native American arts and crafts.

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Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site

Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site

"Living with the Land" Free tours, lectures, workshops, demos. Interpretive Center.

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Molly’s Bar

Molly’s Bar

Passing through our doors you will find friendly faces, an efficient wait staff, and a host of the finest entertainers in our great southwest performing…

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Just Too Cute

Just Too Cute

Miche Bags, Switchflops, Woodwick Candles, Home Decor, Jewelry, Christian Gifts, Cards, Local Artisans ... & more!

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Nai of Stoneridge

Nai of Stoneridge

Specializing in properties along The Turquoise Trail.

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Cerrillos Hills State Park

Cerrillos Hills State Park

Hike, bike or horseback ride scenic trails. Visit historic mine pits. Programs offered year-round.

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Upcoming Event

Geology Hike: Old Ortiz Mine to Placer Peak

saturday, October 4, 2014
On this hike we will describe, and generally pontificate about numerous significant geologic features of the Ortiz Mountains and north-central New Mexico from the upper slopes of Placer Peak and from its summit.
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National Scenic Byway

On June 15, 2000 the Turquoise Trail received designation as a National Scenic Byway from the The National Scenic Byways Program after completing a comprehensive corridor management plan.

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