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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: New Mexico Scenic & Historic Byway
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Length, One-Way: 61 Miles (101.67 Kilometers)
Time: 3 Hours

General Information

Description - Back roads often lead to glorious scenery and great discovery. When travelers leave the freeway and venture onto the scenic and historic Turquoise Trail that links Albuquerque and Santa Fe, they will see 15,000 square miles of central New Mexico with a bird's-eye view from atop Sandia Crest, the magnificent summit of the Sandia Mountains in Cibola National Forest. They will drive back into history in the "ghost" mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, towns that are now coming alive with arts, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants. All along the way, there is adventure and fun for everyone. To really discover the Land of Enchantment, travel the Turquoise Trail!

Attractions - The Turquoise Trail is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

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Directions from : From I-40 east of Albuquerque, travel north on Route 14.

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Filed By: A.C. (San Diego, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fabulous tour of the newly opened Ortiz Mountain Educational Preserve. Glorious views! More than 1000 acres now protected by the Santa Fe Botanical Society. Previously area was known for gold mining, entire Ortiz mountain area rich in history. Mountain top inn adjacent, Hacienda Dona Andrea is spectacular retreat, planning a stay next time. Small mining town of Madrid nearby has great shops. Town of Cerrillos is a find, lots of old west feeling there. Also, Cerrillos Hills Preserve is said to be a great hike but we did not have time. Much better than the standard I-25 route from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, could have stayed up there forever!

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Turquoise Trail , , , , Phone: 800-473-1000

Additional Information:
New Mexico Scenic Byways - New Mexico boasts numerous scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways. Billy the Kid Trail, El Camino Real, Historic Route 66, Jemez Mountain Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Turquoise Trail are all National Scenic Byways in New Mexico.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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