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Events Along The Turquoise Trail

The following list of events are occurring along The Turquoise Trail. Please use the contact information provided for each if you have additional questions.

If you would like to have your Turquoise Trail event included in the list below, please contact Patricia Brown by phone (505) 438-3008 or .

    “Old Main” Prison Tour

    May 8 - October 3, 2015
    The New Mexico Corrections Department will be offering tours of the "Old Main" prison over the summer to a limited number of people. These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more the Corrections Department. The money from these tickets will go back into revitalizing the facility.

    For dates and reservations please use the link to schedule tours of The Old Main - New Mexico State Prison on Highway 14.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-main-prison-tours-2015-tickets-14334921135

    Geology Hike: 5.5 Miles, Dolores Gulch to Old Ortiz Mine

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
    Distance: 5.5 miles
    Duration: All Day
    Leader: Steve Maynard

    This hike will take us on foot from the entrance gate on Gold Mine Road into the Preserve along the 4WD access road, to the Old Ortiz Mine and the Loop Trail.

    We will discuss the geologic setting of the Ortiz Mountains and examine outcrops of pyroclastic rocks that formed in the 25-30 million year-old Dolores Gulch volcanic vent, and gold-bearing quartzite at the Florencio prospect along its margin. At the Old Ortiz Mine we can observe (but not enter) one of the earliest hard-rock mining efforts in the western United States, and discuss the 1970s-80s-era mining at Cunningham Hill, about 1 mile east of the Old Ortiz Mine. At the Loop Trail we’ll ponder the relationship of the massive augite-monzonite (a type of granite) stock to the volcanic rocks.

    RSVP registration: follow this link - https://50919.blackbaudhosting.com/50919/Ortiz-Geology-Hike-4-Miles

    More information on the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve http://www.SantaFeBotanicalGarden.org

    Memorial Day Annual Softball Challenge

    Monday, May 25, 2015
    Madrid's Annual Memorial Day Softball Challenge at noon at Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark

    http://www.visitmadridnm.com
    Madrid, NM 87010

    Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the Madrid Grandstand

    Monday, May 25, 2015
    Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed grandstand at Oscar Huber Memorial Ball Park in Madrid and a Memorial Day baseball game.

    Bill Dunmire: Living Landscapes

    Sunday, May 31, 2015
    Surpassed only by Texas and California for natural diversity, New Mexico has six ecoregions ranging from desert to mountains and grasslands. Join us for this overview of our state’s natural beauty. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council & the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program made possible by the generous support of The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.P

    Program starts promptly at 2:00 pm.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center
    37 Main Street
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    National Trails Day

    Saturday, June 6, 2015
    Members of Santa Fe County’s Open Space and Trails division partner with the park to highlight over 1,000 years of mining history in the hills. Come join us and take a hike!

    Hike starts promptly at 11:00 am.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park
    Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59.
    $5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass.

    Softball Tournament in Madrid

    Saturday & Sunday, June 13-14, 2015
    Two-day softball tournament at the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark in Madrid, New Mexico.

    Solar Observing

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    One of only four days a year when solar noon and clock noon agree (adjusted for Daylight Saving time). Learn about our analemma kiosk and catch views of sunspots and prominences through solar telescopes.
    Program starts promptly at 11:00 am.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park
    Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59.
    $5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass.

    Amigos BBQ

    Saturday, June 20, 2015
    The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park sponsor a cook-out and informal gathering to remember and honor our friend Bill Baxter. Free and open to all, 3-5 pm.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center
    37 Main Street, Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Madrid Fathers Day Blues Festival

    Sunday, June 21, 2015
    NM Jazz Workshop presents a Fathers Day Blues Festival at the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark in Madrid, NM.
    http://www.nmjazz.org

    Dona Tules

    Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Dr. Irene Blea brings to life Dona Tules, lady gambler of Santa Fe at the State Park visitor center. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council & the Department of Cultural Affairs. This program made possible by the generous support of amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.

    Program starts promptly at 1 pm.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center - 37 Main Street
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden - on the Santa Fe Studio Tour

    June 26,27&28, 2015
    About the Santa Fe Studio Tour: Meet well known and emerging Santa Fe painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, potters and jewelers- in person, in their studios. In collaboration with Creative Santa Fe, The Santa Fe Studio Tour offers unique opportunity for the public to see the artists' latest work and their working environment. Local artists engaged in creating fine art open their studios annually on the last weekend in June. This tour allows visitors to map out their own route and see as many studios as they wish. Most studios have an artist demonstrating their techniques and all studios have art for sale. All information is on the website: http://www.santafestudiotour.com

    Fri. June 26, 5:30-7:30pm
    Sat. June 27, 10am-6pm
    Sun. June 28, Noon-5pm

    Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden & Studio - #37 on the tour
    (On Highway 14, north of Cerrillos village & south of CR 42 - between mile markers 34 and 35)
    3453 State Highway 14
    Cerrillos, NM 87010
    (505) 471-4688

    Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden and Studio: http://www.sculpturegarden.com
    See Kevin's work: http://www.outsidetheboxstudio.com/
    Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BoxStudio


    Madrid July 4th Parade

    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    July 4th in Madrid begins with the annual Baseball Game at 10 am in the Oscar Huber Memorial Ball Park. The town parade starts at noon at the south end of town and ends at the ball park.

    Madrid, NM 87010

    Cerrillos History Hike

    Saturday, August 8, 2015
    Come enjoy a fun Saturday morning walk with local historians who will talk about the towns early history. Members of the Cerrillos Historical Society share mining history & happenings from the prehistoric era to the 20th century. Bring your hat, water, walking shoes and camera! 10am-noon. For more information (505) 438-3008 & visit http://www.cerrillosnewmexico.com

    Saturday Aug 15 at noon
    Meet at First & Main St.
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Cerrillos Town Wide Yard Sale event

    Saturday, August 22, 2014
    The town of Cerrillos hosts an annual town wide yard sale event. There are booths and tables of treasures scattered through the town streets. Special sales benefiting the Cerrillos Hills State Park Amigos and Las Candelas community organization.
    From 9-4 on Saturday. For more info (505) 438-3008.

    Town of Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Gypsy Fest

    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    Family fun at Gypsy Fest at the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark in Madrid.
    http://www.Visitmadridnm.com

    Fiesta de Cerrillos

    Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Activities for all ages. Food & Beverages, Patriotic Moments, Live Music on stage, Children's Activities, Arts & Crafts Booths, Turquoise Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Cerrillos Hills State Park displays.
    Saturday from 9-4:00pm.

    Sponsored by Cerrillos Community Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Las Candelas de los Cerrillos.
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Interested art & craft venders, call Susan (505) 660-2348.
    http://www.cerrillosnewmexico.org

    Madrid Blues Festival

    Sunday, September 27, 2015
    NM Jazz Workshop presents a Blues Festival in Madrid, NM.
    http://www.nmjazz.org

    Turquoise Trail Studio Tour

    First two weekends in October 2015
    Take the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway through mountain communities for the annual Turquoise Trail Studio Tour along scenic Hwy 14.

    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. Check website for event times. Oct. Weekdays during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 10-6pm

    Hosted by the Mine Shaft Tavern
    (505) 473-0743
    http://www.TheMineShaftTavern.com

    Madrid Christmas Open House

    Every weekend between December 5-24, 2014
    Festivities each weekend 'til Christmas
    Christmas Parade followed by Town of Lights – 4PM on December 5th
    Madrid Christmas Open House - 11am-7pm every weekend through December 20th

    Madrid, New Mexico 87010
    http://www.Visitmadridnm.com

    Museum exhibition of “Madrid’s Famous Town of Lights” Weekends in the Engine House Theatre

    Businesses Open Late on Sat. & All Day Sundays Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus /Town of Lights / Santa Contest

    Horse & Carriage Rides Live music and yuletide spirit

    Madrid is “New Mexico’s Christmas Town” Beginning in the early 1920's, Madrid miners lit up the town with 150,000 Christmas lights powered by 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. The event was published nationwide in newspapers. It was so famous and impressive that Walt Disney visited and he was inspired create Disneyland!

    Visit the Madrid Old Town Museum exhibition to learn more about Madrid’s Famous Christmastime past!

    Madrid Merchants offer unique gifts for shoppers, often handmade by local artisans and one-of-a kind treasures. Bring the family and visit with Santa as you stroll down our historic village.

    Breakfast with Santa

    December 5, 2015
    East Mountain Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Breakfast with Santa, Saturday December 5, 8:30 - 11:30 am, Los Vecinos Community Center, Tijeras. Santa is expected to arrive about 9:00 am. Full hot breakfast $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Booths will be set up for face painting, pottery painting and other games.

    Los Vecinos Community Center
    478 New Mexico 333
    Tijeras, NM 87059
    (505) 314-0240

    The Hot Chocolate Trail

    Saturday, Dec 12 & Sunday, Dec 13, 2015
    Travel the Chocolate Trail from Tijeras, through Cedar Crest Saturday, December 12th and Madrid to Cerrillos December 13th – both sides of Route 14. Stop by as many participating businesses as you like and have some Hot Chocolate, or Hot cider and some cookies. Get the map. Some businesses are giving away freebies – no limit to the number of stores you can visit! Get a playing card & a map from at least 5 participating businesses between 11:00-3:00 pm. Cards must be stamped by one of the businesses to be valid. One poker hand per family. Participants must be 18 years old or older.

    Saturday, December 12 - Tijeras/Cedar Crest - find participating businesses like Just to Cute, Triangle Grocery, Trailrider Pizza, Tijeras Subway, Greenside Café, Davis True Value Hardware, Coffee at Dawn or Legacy Mortgage to name a few and get the map for Saturday. Pick up your playing card stamped by the business.

    Sunday, December 13 - Madrid/Cerrillos - find participating businesses like Shugarman's Little Chocolate Shop, The Mine Shaft Tavern, Jezebel's, Lori Musil's Art & Antiques, Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center, Casa Grande Trading Post and get the map for Sunday. Pick up your playing card, stamped by the business.

    For more info: Rachel (505) 328-4792

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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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