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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.

Interactive Map of Stops & Shops

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

Real McCoy

Real McCoy

Collectibles, Musical Instruments to Teddybears, Lamps to Decor, a Fun little Store with "Something for Everyone. "

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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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Seppanen & Daughters

Seppanen & Daughters

Tibetan carpets, Oaxacan rugs, Navajo and African textiles. Blankets. Surprises.

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Turquoise Trail Bakery

Turquoise Trail Bakery

Flavorful breads and decadent pastries baked from scratch...everyday! Coffee & Tea. Tues-Fri 7:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 7:30am-3pm.

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Inn at Santa Fe

Inn at Santa Fe

Boutique hotel with free breakfast buffet and Happy Hour specials. Shuttle service, heated pool, Internet and many extras. Adjacent to Santa Fe Premium…

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Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine and Fiber Arts Since 1973

Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine and Fiber Arts Since 1973

The biggest and best Art Gallery between ABQ & Santa Fe. Now with CHRISTMAS CITY, a new gallery of books and other playthings.

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Upcoming Event

Madrid Christmas Open House

Every weekend between December 5-24, 2014
Madrid Christmas parade December 5, 2014, 4pm.
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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.

The plan is available for review here »

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