Turquoise Trail Map

Overview

The Turquoise Trail is believed to be an ancient path, traveled by ancestral Puebloan people. The Byway is located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along the byway, visitors will find unique geologic formations and scenery, like no other place on earth, beautiful desert and mountain landscapes, recreational opportunities, and historic sites and museums.

62 miles / 99.8 km, Tijeras near Albuquerque to I-25 near Santa Fe

Key Attractions

  • Sandia Mountains – view beautiful crest of the mountains, especially beautiful in springtime, covered in dense, green foliage with rugged rock outcroppings

  • Sandia Peak Ski Area – great winter and summer activities, with chair-rides in the warm months, and tram rides year-round

  • Cibola National Forest – beautiful scenery and endless opportunities for recreation

  • Garden of the Gods Rock Formation – visitors can view the amazing rock formations from the road or stop and explore the area – beautiful and interesting deposits of sandstone and mudstone, visible in horizontal, tilted layers due to geologic activity beneath the earth’s surface

  • Museum of Archaeology & Material Culture – 22 Calvary Rd. in Cedar Creek, NM – exhibits on the 12,000 year history of the area

  • Mining and railway museums – located along the byway

 Location

  • Central-northern New Mexico

  • 14 miles from Albuquerque, NM; Santa Fe located on byway

  • Driving the byway:

    • At the junction of NM-337 and Forest Rd 423 near Tijeras, NM, take NM-337 north to NM-333.

    • Travel northeast on NM-333 to NM-14

    • Take NM-14 north until junction with NM-306/NM-536

    • The road branches here, and travelers can take the Sandia Crest spur:

      • Turn left onto NM-536 heading west

      • Continue on NM-536 and follow it past the junction with NM-165 until you reach Sandia Crest, where the road ends

      • Return to the junction with NM-536 and NM-14

    • Travel north on NM-14 through Madrid

    • Byway ends at junction of NM-14 and I-25 southwest of Santa Fe

Other Information

  • View map

  • Web site

  • There is shopping, gas, food, and lodging along this byway

  • Camping is available along the byway at Turquoise Trail Campground and at some nearby locations within the National Park
    (This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)