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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

Santa Fe Skies RV Park

Santa Fe Skies RV Park

(North of Cerrillos/Lone Butte) Scenic • "Big Rigs" • Clubhouse • Propane • Laundry • Pets Welcome. East of gas/convenience at 14/599 light.…

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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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Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum & Petting Zoo

We mine and sell rare Cerrillos Turquoise. Mine tours available by advance reservation. Gift Shop, Minerals, Bottles and Collectibles. Featured on Antiques…

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The Greenside Cafe

The Greenside Cafe

It always tastes better on the Greenside!!! Weekend breakfasts,. Lunch & Dinner everyday. Patio. Beer and Wine.

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Kludgit Sound

Kludgit Sound

Audio recording services. Since 1977. Live Band Recordings. Historic 1800s stone building with ISO booths.

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Gifted Hands

Gifted Hands

Handmade, affordable Local and Indigenous Jewelry and Art

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Upcoming Event

Microscopic Miners

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Biochemistry research by Dr. James Howard into the springs of the Cerrillos Hills State Park.
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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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