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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

San Marcos Cafe

San Marcos Cafe

Long established, well-reviewed country cafe in the European tradition. Continental Cuisine with local favorites. Specialty desserts.

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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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Ghost Town Trading Post & Lodging

Ghost Town Trading Post & Lodging

Ghost Town Trading Post, Talavera,jewelery,pottery,clothing. GhostTown Lodging and Ghost Town Loft - 2 beautiful self catering apartments with Sat TV,wi…

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Just Imagine Gallery, Coffeehouse

Just Imagine Gallery, Coffeehouse

Worldly crafts, jewelry, clothing, and fine art, plus a coffee house, in a lovely setting along historic Old Route 66 (Hwy 333).

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Just Too Cute

Just Too Cute

Miche Bags, Switchflops, Woodwick Candles, Home Decor, Jewelry, Christian Gifts, Cards, Local Artisans ... & more!

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Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum & Petting Zoo

We mine and sell rare Cerrillos Turquoise. Mine tours available by advance reservation. Gift Shop, Minerals, Bottles and Collectibles. Featured on Antiques…

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Upcoming Event

Cerrillos History Hike

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Walk with local historians through Cerrillos and talk about the towns early history.
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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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