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NM Xcursions: Turquoise Trail
Day tour on board ABQ Trolley X
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Venture off the freeway and onto the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. The name comes from the blue-green turquoise first mined by the early Pueblo people dwelling along the Rio Grande. The scenic and historic area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The Turquoise Trail is synonymous with Native American spirituality, Spanish explorers, adventurous mining, and brave pioneers. This excursion showcases the off-beat attractions that make the Turquoise Trail so unique. We'll begin at the you "gotta see it to believe it" Tinkertown Museum located on the road to Sandia Crest. From there, we will head to the funky town of Madrid, home to an array of artists, crafts people and renegades. Enjoy free time on the main drag or a stop at Maggie's Diner, featured prominently in the movie, Wild Hogs. After lunch at the popular Mine Shaft Tavern, we will continue on the Trail to the old mining town of Cerrillos (which doubled as Lincoln, NM, in the movie Young Guns).
This excursion begins at Hotel Albuquerque and includes round-trip transportation, water, lunch and admission to all sites.
9am Depart Hotel Albuquerque
9:30am Arrive at the Tinkertown Museum
10:30am Depart for Madrid
11am Arrive at Madrid for shopping and sightseeing
1pm Lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern
2pm Walking tour of Cerrillos
4pm Return to Hotel Albuquerque