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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

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Ghost Town Museum! See mining relics, movies & more! Step onto Engine 769 & ring its bell. Apr-Oct Daily 11-4:30. Winter hours - Sat/Sun.

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Astronomy Adventures

Astronomy Adventures

Explore the celestial jewels and woder found in New Mexico's night sky. Telescopes provided. By Appointment.

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Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden and Studio

Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden and Studio

Artist Kevin Box resides, creates and exhibits his work and others’ in this world-class space. Open during season, by appointment and by chance.

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Old Schoolhouse Gallery

Old Schoolhouse Gallery

Fine art gallery featuring works of Neecy Twinem, Hugh Pierson & other local artists.

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Conley Studio Pottery & Friends

Conley Studio Pottery & Friends

Stoneware pottery by Lisa Conley. Gallery includes 30 regional artists and craftsmen. Gifts & Indian Jewelry. Open daily.

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Encaustic Art Institute

Encaustic Art Institute

501c3 dedicated to encaustic/wax awareness. Gallery open 12-5 weekends, or by appt.

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Upcoming Event

Layers of Rock, Layers of Time

Sunday, May 4, 2014
On this hike discover the layers of geological events that produced the Cerrillos Hills 30+ million years ago.
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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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