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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

Cerrillos Station

Cerrillos Station

A village complex to delight locals and visitors alike. Beautiful functional gifts, groceries, fitness, beauty.

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Talking Talons Youth Leadership

Talking Talons Youth Leadership

To elevate youth and the community to become effective advocates and ethical stewards of themselves, wildlife, and the environment.

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Cowgirl Red

Cowgirl Red

Vintage Western! Art, Antiques, Pawn/Indian Turquoise Jewelry. Over 400 vintage Cowboy Boots!

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RIBS - Hickory Smoked Pit Bar-B-Q

RIBS - Hickory Smoked Pit Bar-B-Q

Serving serious St Louis BBQ on The Turquoise Trail for over 15 years - 22 Beers on tap. Eat In or Carry Out.

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Tales and Trails Tours

Tales and Trails Tours

Laurie Frantz: Offering full and half-day tours of the Turquoise Trail. Custom tours available. Call for details, including scheduling and pricing.

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Sandia Crest House - Two Mile High Gift Shop

Sandia Crest House - Two Mile High Gift Shop

Elevation 10,678 feet. Enjoy breathtaking views, eclectic gifts and light dining. Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

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Upcoming Event

July Music Events at The Mine Shaft Tavern

July 1-31, 2016
Live music at The Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, NM.
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