Turquoise Trail

IMG_7927Believed to be an ancient path, the Turquoise Trail links New Mexico’s two major cities, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and travels through some of the most spectacular geological formations on Earth. Winding its way through the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe, Highway 14  is one of those roads where    magic, history and natural beauty morph  into one.  IMG_7910IMG_7915
Riding the hills and valleys of this 65-mile-National Scenic Byway, I could almost feel the ghosts of ancient Pueblo Indians drifting across this enchanted land. IMG_7912 IMG_7938And as I navigated the deep curves, I thought of the history and the people who at one time inhabited this stretch of New Mexico. Early Pueblo Indians mined the beautiful blue-green turquoise as early as 900 A.D. Native Americans, Spanish explorers and Anglo-American pioneers all left their footprints in this arid landscape. Miners flooded the area in the late 1800’s, transforming these Cerrillos Hills into booming mining communities. But when the boom was over, people left, and many communities became ghost towns. Today, only Madrid, Cerrillos, and Golden stand as active communities along this hilly highway. IMG_7923These quaint Old West towns, boasting galleries, museums, and unique restaurants, draw history buffs and adventurers from all corners of the globe.


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  1. Cristina de Sampaio Taminiaux says:

    These pictures are breathtaking. I almost want to be there…

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