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About The Turquoise TrailThe Turquoise Trail was established as a National Scenic Byway on June 15, 2000 at a ceremony in Washington D.C which Carla Ward, Turquoise Trail Association Treasurer, attended and signed the paperwork.
Travel the Turquoise Trail and discover a path packed with culture and history set in a landscape of mountains, canyons, forests, and rock formations. The route follows NM 14 and NM 536 (approximately 50 miles), leaving the busy interstates behind. Cover all the bases by seeing museums, towns, and scenery surrounding this route.
Along the Turquoise Trail, you can explore unique towns, offering restaurants, shops, lodging, hiking, tours, artists' studio/galleries, and museums. Prehistoric people made their homes here. Spanish missionaries explored the area and battles were fought over this land. Outlaws and Confederate soldiers camped in the area. And Kit Carson marched Navajo people along the Trail in their "Long Walk" to incarceration at Fort Sumner.
Scenic Views, diverse cultures, extensive history and great outdoor opportunities continue to entice visitors to journey down the beautiful Turquoise Trail today.