New Mexico January 14, 2018
The Gorgeous Back Road In New Mexico That Takes You Back In Time
I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping 2020 makes for an awesome year – especially for traveling. If you’re looking for some cool things to do around the state, then you’re in the right place! Today, we’re going to take a look at one of New Mexico’s best scenic roads that is short but worth the visit.
This is the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, a highway that measures just 50 miles in central New Mexico but it has plenty to offer.
You'll see some spectacular nature views that highlight the area's beauty.
But one of the main reasons people travel the road is for all the history it offers. You'll find abandoned areas, trading posts, historic villages, art galleries, and more.
For example, check out the little town Cerrillos, a former mining town that is now known for its beautiful depiction of the Old West with striking historic buildings.
The adobe buildings are lovely examples of the area's architecture and perfect settings for photographers.
Or visit the
former ghost town turned hippie town, Madrid, for a different view of history. The 20th century buildings here are well-preserved with an artful whimsy.
While you're there, enjoy a drink in the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, a historic tavern that served miners for decades.
Or, check out the tiny town Golden, which was where the first gold rush this side of the Mississippi took place, years before the California gold rush. It was mostly abandoned by 1928 and just 37 people live out here today but you’ll find the sleepy little town has been loving restored over the years.
This is definitely one highway you don't want to miss!
You can find more details and information about specific stops by visiting the trail’s website,
Looking forward to traveling another scenic road in New Mexico? Read about the Mesalands Scenic Byway Loop in
The Scenic Byway That Leads To Some Of The Most Underrated Scenery In New Mexico.