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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.

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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

Color & Light Arts

Color & Light Arts

Color & Light Arts is a gallery filled with arts & crafts celebrating the magic of life!

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Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden

Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden

Experience Origami in the Garden, a contemporary sculpture exhibition by Kevin Box and his collaborators. Walking paths wind through 5 acres of dramatic,…

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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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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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Gifted Hands Gallery

Gifted Hands Gallery

Affordable Local and Indigenous Art and Jewelry.

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Conley Studio Pottery & Friends

Conley Studio Pottery & Friends

Stoneware pottery by Lisa Conley. Gallery includes 30 regional artists and craftsmen. Fine Gifts & Local Indian Jewelry. Open daily.

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Upcoming Event

Turquoise Trail Arts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, August 26-17
A collaboration of local artists will display their work along the Turquoise Trail.
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