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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 Wagon Lady

The Wagon Lady

Whimsical wagon to delight the young at heart and make you smile!

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Real McCoy

Real McCoy

Collectibles, Musical Instruments to Teddybears, Lamps to Decor, a Fun little Store with "Something for Everyone. "

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Talking Talons Thrift Store

Talking Talons Thrift Store

A thrift store with a mission: goods are recycled and sales help support wildlife and environmental programs for youth.

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Cerrillos Community Church

Cerrillos Community Church

A Bible based Christian Fellowship. Bible Study, Worship Times on the Internet.

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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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Elaine’s, a Bed and Breakfast

Elaine’s, a Bed and Breakfast

Comfort, elegance and hospitality in a beautiful three-story log home. Over 15 years in business.

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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.

The plan is available for review here »

Our Connections

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