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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

Sandia Crest House Gift Shop & Restaurant

Sandia Crest House Gift Shop & Restaurant

Elevation 10,678 feet. Enjoy breathtaking views, eclectic gifts and light dining. Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

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Tinkertown Museum

Tinkertown Museum

In 2010, Tinkertown was listed as one of the top 10 small museums in America by Fox News and Huffington Post on Trip Advisor. Open 9-6 daily, April-Nov…

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Indigo Gallery

Indigo Gallery

Featuring works by Jill Shwaiko and other nationally known painters, sculptors & jewelers in Madrid.

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The Hollar

The Hollar

The Hollar fuses southern cooking with the freshest local ingredients. Comfort food done right!

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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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Java Junction B & B

Java Junction B & B

Charming Victorian suite on the second floor. Private bath, kitchen & porch.

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Upcoming Event

Origami in the Garden

April 27 - October 25, 2014
Large scale sculpture exhibition at Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, by Turquoise Trail artist Kevin Box.
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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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