Madrid Travel Guide

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Madrid Things to Do

  • Engine House Theatre

    In the summer time, go to the melodrama in the Engine House Theatre. The Coal Mine Museum is right next to it.

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  • Xmas in Madrid

    Madrid is still famous for its Xmas lights on the first two weekends in December. One picture shows the elevated shops on Main Street where the old soda fountain was located. Unfortunately that shop has gone out of business. Even the outdoor toilets have Xmas lights inside.

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  • Roadside Art - enjoy it!

    Okay, so I don't know what this really is, but to me it reminded be of a ball of yarn and a bunch of knitting needles .... the artist just might be horrified to find out my interpretation :)This particular piece did not seem to be for sale .. but there are plenty of other pieces which are ......

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Madrid Restaurants

  • Great coffee spot

    I am always on the search for a good cup of coffee, and especially when in the US, where so many establishments serve what I describe as “brown water” (when I’m being polite!) So when we spotted this promising-looking coffee shop in the midst of Madrid’s galleries I was keen to give it a try – and was not disappointed. As soon as we entered we were...

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  • Fresh salads and more

    Arriving in Madrid from the south around lunch-time, the Hollar was the first likely-looking place we spotted for a bite to eat. It had a good range of lighter meals on the menu, and seemed popular, so we decided to give it a try. There were a number of tables in the shady garden at the front, but several of these were occupied by a rather noisy...

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  • An old-fashioned ice cream parlor

    On the Boardwalk, you can bring your sweet tooth to Jezebel's, which is an original soda fountain from the 1920s. Take your cone outside and enjoy the view. There are several other little shops on the Boardwalk which you can explore once you're finished, but I only strolled into one of them and I don't have enough information to give you a...

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Madrid Transportation

  • 2 wheels or 4 wheels .... this IS a road...

    You will need to drive up to Madrid, along Hwy 14 which is also known as the Turquoise Trail. Though not much of a road trip .. this is something I do in about half a day... definitely a worthy diversion :)So find a conveyance and wander on up!

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  • Walking this mountain road .....

    Once I get to Madrid, I like to park at one end of the town and walk the town ..... up one side of the street and back to my car down the other. I get a better feel for this little piece of heaven as I wander in and out of the businesses and survey the roadside artwork. The country surrounding this town is typical of beautiful northern New...

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  • Arts and crafts in Madrid

    It seems that almost every building in Madrid houses a gallery or craft shop, and many of them have pretty high-quality items – paintings, jewellery, native pottery, sculpture and much more. Many of the shops are run by the artist themselves and it’s fun and interesting to chat to them about their work even if you’re not buying. While they would...

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  • My Favorite Shop in Madrid

    It has all kinds of local crafts and art, including jewelry, minerals and many interesting Indian artifacts. It is owned by Honore and Hugh Hackett. They also have The Great Madrid Gift Emporium across the street (see the next tip).

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  • Another Good Shop

    This shop has quality jewlery, unique clothing, art and miscellaneous gifts. It advertises the "cheapest silver west of the Pecos." The Utility Shack in Albuquerque might dispute that, but the emporium has some really nice things.

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Madrid Local Customs

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    Madrid is a peaceful town with peaceful attitudes. There is public art everywhere. The Peace Monument is next to The Great Madrid Gift Emporium. L'atelier Edward Gilliam is just one example of the many artists' studios and galleries. The sculptures on the mine tailings are south of town across from the "Kickin' Ass Ranch."

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Madrid Warnings and Dangers

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    by AlbuqRay Updated May 13, 2007

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    Madrid once had the reputation that many residents had been abducted by UFO's. Maybe the annual Xmas lights were seen from the air by others besides TWA (Transcontinental & Western Air) passengers. There was once even a shop called El Abducto. It has been closed for a while now. Who knows where the owners went??? Fortunately, my cousin bought a t-shirt at that shop several years ago, so we do have evidence that it existed. She found it for me when I was in California recently. She was standing next to Rodin's "Gates of Hell" on the Stanford campus when I took these pics. What does happen to abductees?

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Madrid Off The Beaten Path

  • Los Cerrillos

    Los Cerrillos (usually shortened to simply Cerrillos) is the place that gave the Turquoise Trail its name, but in the past its mines have yielded treasures of many kinds. Los Cerrillos means Little Hills, and in the hills surrounding this once prosperous town were found not just turquoise, in a distinctive green-tinged variety, but also gold,...

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  • Golden

    If Madrid was once a ghost town (and officially still is, despite its lively appearance) then Golden, just to the south, most definitely is one to this day. It was the site of the very first gold rush west of the Mississippi back in 1825, even before the more famous California and Colorado gold rushes. So rich did the seam of gold appear that the...

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  • Kickin' Ass Ranch

    Someone with a sense of humor used to live just south of Madrid on State Highway 14. The little house is partially made out of a railroad car and the bridge from a flatbed trailer. He/She must have been a welder, since the gate is very unique. The "ranch" is abandoned now. Madrid has problems with getting potable water. Maybe that is why the owner...

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Madrid Favorites

  • What's in a name?

    Madrid (pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, MAD-rid, unlike its Spanish namesake) was a coal-mining town, founded in 1869. In its heyday the town supplied coal for the Santa Fe Railroad, local customers and even the US Government. It was one of the first “company towns” in the US; in 1919, the Superintendent of Mines, Oscar Huber,...

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  • Something for everyone :)

    Can I say this enough? GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND WALK AROUND!!!I You'll only get the feel if you touch this town .... physically touch ....... I love the eclectic nature of this town! You'll find native art, pop-art, and even cowboy art :) I've come up here to spend money, and I've come up here to simply experience .... it doesn't matter which is...

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