Turquoise Trail

The most scenic route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe offers stunning mountain views, artistic villages and year-round recreation.

Most of the 61-mile trail follows Hwy. 14, easily accessed from Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque or I-25 south of Santa Fe.

From the 10,678 ft. Sandia Crest, visitors can view up to 15,000 square miles of Central New Mexico. Venture into Sandia Crest Wilderness Area while hiking through aspen glades and across flowering meadows in the warmer months; or ski and snowshoe in the winter.

Drive back in time to the old mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, now coming back to life with arts, crafts, theater, music and museums. The Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture in Cedar Crest is a 12,000-year timeline telling the story of North America’s earliest inhabitants through the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890.