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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

Just Imagine Gallery, Coffeehouse

Just Imagine Gallery, Coffeehouse

Worldly crafts, jewelry, clothing, and fine art, plus a coffee house, in a lovely setting along historic Old Route 66 (Hwy 333).

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The Mine Shaft Tavern

The Mine Shaft Tavern

Historic Landmark! Great Music & NM Cuisine, outdoor deck. 17 Local Brews on Tap! Lunch & Dinner.

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Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum & Petting Zoo

We mine and sell rare Cerrillos Turquoise. Mine tours available by advance reservation. Gift Shop, Minerals, Bottles and Collectibles. Featured on Antiques…

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Cibola National Forest & Visitor Center

Cibola National Forest & Visitor Center

A welcome center to help make the most of your travels. Complete with maps, area information, restrooms, travel & road conditions.

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Turquoise Trail Campground and RV Park

Turquoise Trail Campground and RV Park

Cool mountain camping. RV sites, cabins, laundry, secluded tent sites.

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The Wagon Lady

The Wagon Lady

Whimsical wagon to delight the young at heart and make you smile!

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Upcoming Event

First Saturday East Mountain ARTScrawl events

Every First Saturday June-September, 2014
First Saturday ARTScrawl events June - September 10 am to 5 pm, an extension of Albuquerque ARTScrawl. Featuring: Gallerie Imaginarium, Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Tinkertown. For details and openings at other times visit the website EastMountainARTScrawl.com.
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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.

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