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About The Turquoise TrailTravel the Turquoise Trail and discover a path packed with culture and history set in a landscape of mountains, canyons, forests, and rock formations. The route follows NM-14 and NM 536 (approximately 50 miles), leaving the busy interstates behind. Cover all the bases by seeing museums, towns, and scenery surrounding this route.
Along the Turquoise Trail, you can explore unique towns, offering restaurants, shops, lodging, artists' studio/galleries, and museums. Prehistoric people made their homes here. Spanish missionaries explored the area and battles were fought over this land. Outlaws and Confederate soldiers camped in the area. And Kit Carson marched Navajo people along the Trail in their "Long Walk" to incarceration at Fort Sumner.
Scenic Views, diverse cultures, extensive history and great outdoor opportunities continue to entice visitors to journey down the beautiful Turquoise Trail today.
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"Old Main" Prison Tours are available for 2015.
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National Scenic BywayOn 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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