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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

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Ghost Town Museum! See mining relics, movies & more! Step onto Engine 769 & ring its bell. Apr-Oct Daily 11-4:30. Winter hours - Sat/Sun.

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Cerrillos Community Church

Cerrillos Community Church

A Bible based Christian Fellowship. Bible Study, Worship Times on the Internet.

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Real McCoy

Real McCoy

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

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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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Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve

Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve

A 1, 350-acre Santa Fe County Open Space Preserve managed by Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Hiking in the Preserve is by tour only. For more information on…

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The Mine Shaft Tavern

The Mine Shaft Tavern

Madrid's Historic Tavern now also has heated deck that overlooks town. Serving lunch & dinner with full bar. Winner of the Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger!…

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Upcoming Event

Breakfast with Santa

December 5, 2015
Breakfast with Santa and other family activities.
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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.

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