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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

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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New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

One-stop resource for outdoor recreation on State & Federal lands; maps, guidebooks, permits, free information.

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Just Too Cute

Just Too Cute

Clothing, Jewelry, Candles, Gifts, Home Décor, Local Artisans, Cards ... & more!

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Weasel & Fitz

Weasel & Fitz

Recycled and found-object art with a touch of whimsey.

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Elaine’s, a Bed and Breakfast

Elaine’s, a Bed and Breakfast

Comfort, elegance and hospitality in a beautiful three-story log home. Over 15 years in business.

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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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Upcoming Event

Madrid Chile Festival

Oct 2-11, 2015
Great live music, roasting of chiles with New Mexican food specials and theatrical events at the Mine Shaft Tavern and Engine House Theatre.
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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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