Melinda Bon’ewell

Culture along Highway 14, from Santa Fe to Albuquerque.

March 05, 2013

Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Highway 14 (known as the Turquoise Trail) winds through several central New Mexican villages with funky, charming museums. You’ll pass through mining towns like Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos along the 50-mile-plus drive, which derives its name from the blue-green stone mined by the early Pueblo people and encompasses some 15,000 square miles of beautiful desert.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

This Pueblo-style resort halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque offers authentic Native American activities (tribal folk-dance shows, huruna-bread tastings, pottery-making lessons) in addition to golf, horseback riding, and post-adventure pampering (try the ancient-drumming mud mask). It’s all part of the draw at this sprawling Native American–owned hotel near Bernalillo. Spend the night in one of the resort’s roomy Mountain Vista units, which have slate-bathroom countertops, southwestern-print down blankets, and grand balconies or patios overlooking the Sandias.

Old Coal Mine Museum

Stop by for the century-old steam train, mining-history relics, and old-fashioned melodramas performed in the adjacent Engine House Theater.

Tinkertown Museum

View the fascinating assemblage of folk art—including an entire city of carved wooden miniatures.

Mine Shaft Tavern

Engine House Theater

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