Field Notes: Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

Carving its way relentlessly through the Cerrillos Hills of central New Mexico, the Turquoise Trail strings together a handful of “ghost towns” from the mining days — towns that are now finding new life through artist and makers, with galleries popping up everywhere, and towns like Madrid becoming major tourist attractions. Though regularly traversed by tourists and history buffs alike, this roughly 50-mile stretch of road maintains an air of mystery and Native American spiritualism that early Spanish explorers and pioneers no doubt found here.

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