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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

San Marcos Cafe

San Marcos Cafe

Long established, well-reviewed country cafe in the European tradition. Continental Cuisine with local favorites. Specialty desserts.

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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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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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Talking Talons Thrift Store

Talking Talons Thrift Store

A thrift store with a mission: goods are recycled and sales help support wildlife and environmental programs for youth.

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Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift

Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift

Enter Cibola National Forest and take a scenic chairlift ride gliding over the lush forest below. The more adventurous can take their own mountain bikes…

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Cerrillos Station

Cerrillos Station

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

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Upcoming Event

Steampunk Spectacular 6: The Emerald City

September 23, 2017
This daylong Steampunk festival has a Wizard of Oz theme. Day time activities include live entertainment, a Murder Mystery LARP, workshops and costume contest with prizes! Don't forget to stick around after dark for The Engine House Cabaret!
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