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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
"The tour of the museum begins by entering a mock mine tunnel. The entrance to the museum will open 15 minutes before each tour begins. Guests are requested to show up within this 15 minute time frame. Guests who fail to arrive will forfeit their tickets and those tickets will be resold to a guest on the tour waiting list.The museum's displays include:Turquoise from over 80 locations around the worldMining history and modern techniquesTurquoise mineralogy/geology guests will be given the chance to enjoy the museum displays on their own.The Turquoise Museum is family owned and operated since 1992. Three of the five generations still work at the museum on a weekly basis. Tours are guided by one of these thr all of your questions will be answered and you will have a better understanding of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”.""""The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world
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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Albuquerque into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city
From $15.00
 
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
From $167.00

Turquoise Trail Tips (8)

Unique Home Site

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 left.

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AlbuqRay
Dec 03, 2005

Los Cerrillos - Almost the Capital of New Mexico

Los Cerrillos, which means little hills, is a village located 27 miles south of Santa Fe just to the west of the Turquoise Trail (State Highway 14). Cerrillos was established in the 1870’s during a gold, silver, lead, zinc and turquoise mining boom but only has about 250 residents now. It was once seriously considered for the capital of New Mexico; however, Santa Fe obviously won out. Rio Galisteo and the railroad run through it. The Diamond T Hacienda is a local guesthouse.

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AlbuqRay
Oct 23, 2005

There's Gold in Them Thar Hills

The most famous gold mine is in the Ortiz Mountains near Madrid. However, gold is also found in the San Pedro Mountains south of the Ortiz's near the town of Golden. Most operations are placer mining now but if you have a lot of time, a metal detector and like to hike and dig, you might find specimen nuggets such the ones shown in these pictures.

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AlbuqRay
Oct 23, 2005

A true taste of New Mexico between ABQ & Santa Fe

Taking Hwy14 north through the mountains located just east of Albuquerque is a wonderful way to actually experience New Mexico living. You can cut over from I-40 or across the mountain from Placitas off of I-25 if the weather permits.

I usually take I-40 to Cedar Crest and up into Madrid. I can spend a ton of time in Madrid :) Okay can I tell you here I like Madrid MORE than Santa Fe when it comes to art?

Though my pages don't yet reflect it, I do love Santa Fe for it's history ...... :)

This route does take longer than simply taking the interstate, but wandering this highway really allows you to FEEL northern New Mexico, not just pass through. So take the time to drive the Turquoise Trail while you are in the area ..... you won't regret taking the extra time.

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Jun 19, 2005
 
 
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Madrid, New Mexico

Madrid is an old mining town that is now an artists colony. It is fun to go through the shops there. It is between Santa Fe and Albuquerque on the Turquoise Trail (State Highway 14); it takes about 40 minutes to get there. The days of bargin prices are gone now though.

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Jul 25, 2003

Albuquerque to santa FE

Why drive the boring old interstate highway to get from Albuquerque to Santa Fe?
Go the back roads for a much more enjoyable trip. Take the Bernalillo exit to Rte 44 then hang a right at Jemez. then follow signs to Los Alamos (a destination of it's own) and follow signs to Santa Fe. Or, the well known Turquoise Trail along the East face of the Sandia Mountains.

angel6
May 06, 2003

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

I took this route when heading down from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. It was a very nice drive. In the small town of Cerillos, with it's dirt streets...you feel like you've stepped by in time. Stopped there to browse through the Turquoise Mining/Trading Post, although the name sounds more elaborate than what it actually is...it was still nice browsing around. Bought a turquoise bear fetish here...plenty of turquoise and other mineral rocks, plus various Native American and other crafts you can purchase.
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In the little town of Madrid, as well as other stops along this short route, there are plenty of galleries and shops to spend you money at. The little town of Golden is the site of the first gold rush west of the Mississippi in 1825. Also, the world class golf course, Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club is found along this route.
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It's a nice route to take if you're heading from Santa Fe to Abq, or vice versa...as opposed to sticking to the interstate. It might take you slightly longer, but it's a relaxing & interesting drive.

dacrites
Oct 09, 2002

Art in Madrid, New Mexico

Wini is graphics artist who was visiting from Hong Kong. Madrid is an artists' haven. She loved the shops there.

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Dec 31, 2003

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Things to Do Near Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Located in Old Town, this museum is well worth paying the modest $3- entrance fee (children $1-, seniors $2-). Largely chronologically organized, the there are valuable ancient artifacts and old...
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Old Town

Probably the busiest tourist attraction in town is the Old Town, which is the remains of the original city center around a plaza, with adobe buildings turned into restaurants and shops. Mostly kitsch...
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is NOT in Old Town, nor in downtown Albuquerque, but it is easy and find as it can be seen from I-40 freeway. This is a wonderful place to visit for it's ceremonial...
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

New Mexico is where the world's first atomic bomb was developed, built, and detonated, so it is appropriate that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located here. It is the only...
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Sandia Peak

Sandia Mountain is a 10,000ft peak that defines the landscape of Albuquerque, towering over it. Cable car rides are available to the top and there is skiing in winter and hiking during the summer...
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