The Turquoise Trail is a great daytrip out of the Santa Fe or Albuquerque area. If you start in ABQ, you will drive west on I-40, taking the Cedar Crest exit (Hyway 14). If you have time, make sure you stop at Tinkertown Museum and drive up to the Sandia Peak. From there, keep driving north on Hyway 14 until you get to Madrid, NM. This is an old mining town and still shows signs of yesterday. In the present day, it is now an artist town with many galleries and cafes. Park your car and stroll up and down the streets with your camera. You will see photos at every turn. After exploring Madrid, continue to drive north until you get the little town of Cerrillos. A number of movies have been filmed here and is a great place to park and walk. It will feel like you have traveled back in time as you wander the streets and explore the little shops in the downtown area. Continue your journey to Santa Fe and complete the loop by the end of the day.
CLICK HERE –> Madrid, New Mexico – “Travel the scenic Turquoise Trail and experience the village of Madrid nestled in a narrow canyon in the Ortiz Mountains. Once a historic coal mining town and ghost town, Madrid is now a creative community with over 40 shops and galleries, several restaurants, a spa and museum.”
CLICK HERE –> Cerrillos State Park
Local tour guide –> Enchanted Light Tours