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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

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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Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop

Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop

Organic ingredients and exotic flavors leave you begging for more at this hidden chocolate oasis. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

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Henderson Store

Henderson Store

Family owned and operated since 1918. Henderson's carries high quality, competitively priced Native American arts and crafts.

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Legacy Mortgage

Legacy Mortgage

Lending Statewide, Residential Mortgages. Call today to find your best loan program. Equal Housing Lender#249314.

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Ghost Town Trading Post & Lodging

Ghost Town Trading Post & Lodging

Ghost Town Trading Post, Talavera,jewelery,pottery,clothing. GhostTown Lodging and Ghost Town Loft - 2 beautiful self catering apartments with Sat TV,wi…

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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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Upcoming Event

Saturdays at the Johnsons

Saturdays
Check through Turquoise Trail events for our Saturday performances: music, poetry, dance, talks in the galleries performance space from 1-3 pm. Our First Saturday Gallery Receptions for new exhibitions are 3-5pm.


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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.

The plan is available for review here »

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