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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

Two Mile High Gift Shop & Restaurant Atop Sandia Crest

Two Mile High Gift Shop & Restaurant Atop Sandia Crest

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

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Broken Saddle Riding Co.

Broken Saddle Riding Co.

Ride the Cerrillos Hills State Park. Silver & Turquoise Mines. Missouri Fox Trotters, Tennessee Walkers. Walk, Trot, Canter or Gallup. Small groups/private…

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Rancho Gallina Inn & Eco-retreat

Rancho Gallina Inn & Eco-retreat

Rustic elegance at historic eco-ranch with cedar soaking tub, farm fresh breakfasts, great hiking & biking access!

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Jezebel Gallery

Jezebel Gallery

Tour Jezebel's Studio & Gallery on the Boardwalk. Organic forms as Modern Art, Craft and Furnishings.

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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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Cibola National Forest & Visitor Center

Cibola National Forest & Visitor Center

A welcome center to help make the most of your travels. Complete with maps, area information, restrooms, travel & road conditions.

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Upcoming Event

Madrid Blues Festival

Sunday, September 27, 2015
NM Jazz Workshop presents a Blues Festival in Madrid, NM.
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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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