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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

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

One-stop resource for outdoor recreation on State & Federal lands; maps, guidebooks, permits, free information.

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Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway

Ride the Tramway - 2.7 miles rising to 10,378 feet with an 11,000 square mile panoramic view.

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Creative Award Concepts, Inc.

Creative Award Concepts, Inc.

Corporate Employee Recognition Programs for Service, Sales, Safety, Productivity, etc. Promotional Products for Business Branding.

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Mortenson Silver & Saddles

Mortenson Silver & Saddles

A full service saddle & custom silver shop with a full array of Cowboy Collectibles. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

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East Mountain Centre for Theatre

East Mountain Centre for Theatre

Offering quality theatrical performances for all ages as well as after-school and summer educational programs for children.

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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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Upcoming Event

The Mine Shaft Tavern ~ June music events

June 2-27, 2016
June live music events at The Mine Shaft Tavern ~ Cultural Gem of the Coal Mining District.
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