Turquoise Trail from Albuquerque to Santa Fe Road Trip

How Much Time do You Need to Drive the Turquoise Trail?

The road from Tijeras to San Marcos, NM, is only 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, so you can easily do it in one day.

It is snowing during the winter, and in summer, it’s hot as hell.

Where to Stay along the Turquoise Trail, NM?

You can stay at Cibola National Forest!

Stay at Mountain View State Hotel for fantastic mountain views.

Or feel at home at Albuquerque East Mountains.


Two canyons meet here, so Tijeras offers an incredible landscape to enjoy. Numerous trails are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and skiing.

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Cedar Crest

You can find the Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture to explore the history of North America’s earliest inhabitants. Shop for antiques at Back Roads Home Decor and affordable items at Talking Talons Thrift Shop.

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The town used to be called Real de San Francisco, but in 1880 a bunch of mining companies moved in and changed the name.

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Madrid is a lively town, especially on weekends when almost the whole city turns into an enormous shopping mall.

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The inhabitants of the Pueblo community mined turquoise stone for millennia to make jewelry and trade.

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San Marcos

San Marcos Pueblo and Lone Butte are small towns nestled on a plateau that was once an important pottery center.

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Know More about the Best Things To Do on the Turquoise Trail.