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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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The Hollar

The Hollar

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

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Cerrillos Hills State Park

Cerrillos Hills State Park

Hike, bike or horseback ride scenic trails. Visit historic mine pits. Programs offered year-round.

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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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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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Talking Talons Youth Leadership

Talking Talons Youth Leadership

To elevate youth to become effective advocates and ethical stewards of themselves, wildlife, and the environment.

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Upcoming Event

Christmas in Madrid

Every weekend between December 6-21, 2014
Madrid homes & shops sparkle amid twinkling lights during this annual Holiday event.
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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.

The plan is available for review here »

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