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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

RIBS - Hickory Smoked Pit Bar-B-Q

RIBS - Hickory Smoked Pit Bar-B-Q

Serving serious St Louis BBQ on The Turquoise Trail for over 15 years - 22 Beers on tap. Eat In or Carry Out.

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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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Casa Kachina on the Turquoise Trail Air BnB

Casa Kachina on the Turquoise Trail Air BnB

Relax in this immaculate, private casita with beautiful views, close to Madrid & Santa Fe.

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Heaven Boutique

Heaven Boutique

Beautiful & Romantic clothing, jewelry, cards & gifts. Unique Wedding Attire (sizes S-3x) same location 18 yrs!

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The Church

The Church

The Church is a fine and folk art gallery and event space in the East Mountains of New Mexico.

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Jezebel Soda Fountain

Jezebel Soda Fountain

Experience the original soda fountain from the 1920's. Jezebel's decadent romance with food parlor.

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Upcoming Event

Tarantula Hike

Saturday, September 30, 2017
A talk about Tarantulas on this lively hike through Cerrillos Hills State Park.
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