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Turquoise Trail Cycling Route

Length: 63.6 km. - 1-day ride
Start Point: Tijeras, NM
End Point: San Marcos, NM
Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
Description: Why not hit the road to New Mexico and discover a cyclist’s paradise? The Turquoise Trail, a national scenic byway connecting Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Santa Fe, is full of historic old west charm, unique shops and galleries, and the truly spectacular Sandia Mountains.

The old mining town of Madrid has been transformed into a funky little town rich with art and culture. The Old Coal Mine Museum provides visitors with a look at equipment and artifacts from the bygone bustling mining years. Visit the famous Mine Shaft Tavern, recognized as one of the last great roadhouses serving authentic New Mexican cuisine. Cerrillos is said to be the turquoise capital of the area and is still being mined today.

Be sure to stop at the Turquoise Mining Museum and Petting Zoo for a closer look into the turquoise mining history. Also, explore the Cerrillos Hills State Park for great hiking and additional cycling trails.

Suggested stops while visiting the Turquoise Trail:

Tinkertown Museum
Just 20 minutes from Albuquerque, Tinkertown offers an eclectic look at Americana. Wood carved figurines, a 50,000-glass bottle wall, a 35-foot antique wooden sailboat, and so much more await you at this unique western memorabilia museum.

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
Get the most spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains by hopping on the Sandia Peak Tramway, one of the longest aerial trams in the world at 2.7 miles in length. Great optional cycling and hiking trails are available for all skill levels.
Speed limit for vehicles ranges from 30-50 m/h along the route.
Cedar Crest
Santa Fe
  • Rancho Gallina Inn

  • 100% solar-powered facility. Rustic New Mexican architecture with modern amenities.
Restaurants: Cedar Crest
Santa Fe
Events: Please visit: Turquoise Trail.
Additional Information: To learn more about the cycling trail, please visit: turquoisetrail.org

Parking is permitted within the towns along the route on SR-14.

For information on driving to New Mexico, click here.

For a listing of AAA recommended campgrounds, see Woodall's Campground Guides available for purchase at all CAA Stores.

For information about attractions, accommodations, restaurants and events in the area, refer to the Arizona/New Mexico AAA/CAA TourBook® available to CAA Members at all CAA Stores.
Map Link: http://goo.gl/maps/GthAJ