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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

Java Junction Coffee & Gifts

Java Junction Coffee & Gifts

While visiting Madrid, enjoy one of our hot or cold coffee drinks: espressos, cappuccinos, Border mochas, lattes, frappuccinos, smoothies, hot chocolates,…

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Indigo Gallery

Indigo Gallery

Featuring works by Jill Shwaiko and other nationally known painters, sculptors & jewelers in Madrid.

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Museum of Encaustic Art

Museum of Encaustic Art

Features over 100 works in encaustic wax, fastest growing medium in the nation. Open Fri, Sat, Sun 11-4pm. Closed January.

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The Greenside Cafe

The Greenside Cafe

It always tastes better on The Greenside! American and New Mexican favorites made from scratch. Beer, Wine, Patio, Dine in or Take out. Full menu, hours…

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Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables

Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables

Enjoy a peaceful journey on horse back, riding forest trails through the beautiful East Sandia Mountains. Lodging available. Guest ranch. Open year round!

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Roadrunner Studio and Gallery

Roadrunner Studio and Gallery

Fine art by local artists, metal and glass sculptures, paintings of all media, photography & jewelry.

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Upcoming Event

FLOW - a juried encaustic/wax exhibition

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday: June 5-July 17, 2022
Encaustic Wax juried show of 30 paintings in beautiful gallery. Open Fri to Sun through July 17th, 2022.
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