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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

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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Talking Talons Youth Leadership

Talking Talons Youth Leadership

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

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Sandia Peak Ski Area

Sandia Peak Ski Area

In winter enjoy Snowboarding and downhill skiing. Six lifts. Certified snow-sports school and rentals available. Open Mid-December thru Mid-March.

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The Great Madrid Gift Emporium & Maggie’s Diner

The Great Madrid Gift Emporium & Maggie’s Diner

Rare Turquoise, Gaspeite & Pawn Jewelry. MAGGIE'S DINER from Wild Hogs, selling movie memorabilia & T-shirts.

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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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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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Upcoming Event

NM Jazz Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016
New Mexico Jazz Workshop at The Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark in Madrid, NM.
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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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