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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

Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift

Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift

Enter Cibola National Forest and take a scenic chairlift ride gliding over the lush forest below. The more adventurous can take their own mountain bikes…

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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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Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve

Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve

A 1, 350-acre Santa Fe County Open Space Preserve managed by Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Hiking in the Preserve is by tour only. For more information on…

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Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop

Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop

Organic ingredients and exotic flavors leave you begging for more at this hidden chocolate oasis. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

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New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

One-stop resource for outdoor recreation on State & Federal lands; maps, guidebooks, permits, free information.

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Nai of Stoneridge

Nai of Stoneridge

Specializing in properties along The Turquoise Trail.

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Upcoming Event

Saturdays at the Johnsons

Saturdays
Check through Turquoise Trail events for our Saturday performances: music, poetry, dance, talks in the galleries performance space from 1-3 pm. Our First Saturday Gallery Receptions for new exhibitions are 3-5pm.


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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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