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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

Turquoise Trail Bakery

Turquoise Trail Bakery

Flavorful breads and decadent pastries baked from scratch...everyday! Coffee & Tea. Tues-Fri 7:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 7:30am-3pm.

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Encaustic Art Institute

Encaustic Art Institute

501c3 dedicated to encaustic/wax awareness. Gallery open 12-5 weekends, or by appt.

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Kludgit Sound

Kludgit Sound

Audio recording services. Since 1977. Live Band Recordings. Historic 1800s stone building with ISO booths.

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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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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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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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Upcoming Event

Stuffing Strut

Friday - November 28, 2014
Annual post holiday hike through the Cerrillos Hills State Park.
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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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