Turquoise Trail

We started down the byway just outside of Santa Fe. As we’ve learned about New Mexico, the terrain is always changing.

Garden of the Gods

It went from what is pictured here to the Garden of the Gods rock formation and finally, toward the end of the trail, to the heavily wooded mountains of the Sandia Crest at 10,678′.

The first town that we came to was Cerrillos or I should say that there was an arrow pointing down a dirt road to the town. The town was not far down the dirt road. As we came into the town we ran into this traffic sign and another sign directing us to the museum.

We got to the museum down one of the side streets in town and it was actually a home that had been expanded through the years. It had started out as an antique business and as the owner collected things he dedicated a few rooms to his museum. It cost $2 to tour the museum and it turned out to be quite interesting.

Cerrillos Museum

Washing Machine

Dentist Chair

(I labeled a few of the pictures just in case some of you are not familiar with the items.)

After the museum we headed on down to the town of Madrid.

Madrid was a coal mining company town started in the 1850s. It’s now a ghost town that thrives on tourists and the artists that have set up businesses there. We had lunch (Buffalo Burgers) at the Mine Shaft Tavern for it’s historical ambience.

On Christmas Day 1945 the original 1899 Tavern burned down – it
was rebuilt in 1947 utilizing many of the original furnishings and the 40 ft. lodge pole pine bar. It’s the oldest continuously run tavern in the state.

Headed on down the byway and took a side road into the Sandia mountain ski area. We managed to climb to the Sandia Crest at 10,678 ft. Quite a view from up there.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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