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Turquoise Trail: Madrid New Mexico

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

We've put together a magical experience featuring some of the best gems in Madrid, New Mexico. Enjoy the beautiful scenic drive along the historic Turquoise Trail for a relaxing day trip.

"The Turquoise Trail is synonymous with Native American spirituality, Spanish explorers, adventurous mining, and brave pioneers. A major Western gold rush occurred here around 1825, years before the California Gold Rush. But Cerrillos, (the little hills) was coveted long before the search for Gold for its rich deposits of turquoise, as well as lead ores, used to glaze and decorate traditional Rio Grande pottery. The Cerrillos hills represents three cultures and the longest intact record of historic stone maul and pick and shovel mining in the Southwest. Golden grew into a substantial town virtually overnight in the early to mid-1800s and received its name from its placer gold deposits. The area was originally two smaller towns named El Real de San Francisco and Puerto. Madrid was mined by squatters in the early 1800s and later became a substantial company-owned coal mining town, with a population of over 3,000 (some say it may have been as high as 4,000 residents). And there is much more to know and tell." -Source:

Crystal Dragon

"Above and Beyond Quality, with over 40 years experience. While my focus is on high grade Natural American Turquoise. I work with all types of precious and semi precious gemstones. Bringing you the best in Handmade Silver and Gold jewelry. We also carry fine Native American made Jewelry. From Santa Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) and many of our Navajo (Dine) friends." - Geoff Stewart

Crystal Dragon
Photo credit Geoff Stewart

Monday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Tuesday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Wednesday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Thursday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Friday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Saturday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Sunday 10 AM–5:30 PM

Trading Bird Gallery

"Our family business was established in 1988 in the old mining town of Madrid, New Mexico. Our shops feature owner mined Cerrillos Turquoise, Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry, pottery, and fetishes. We specialize in natural Cerrillos turquoise mined by hand from our turquoise mines in the nearby Cerrillos Hills."

Monday 8:30 AM–5 PM

Tuesday 8:30 AM–5 PM

Wednesday 8:30 AM–5 PM

Thursday 8:30 AM–5 PM

Friday 9 AM–5 PM

Saturday 9 AM–5 PM

Sunday 9 AM–5 PM

Shugarman's Little Chocolate Shop

A little magic, a lot of love and the finest ingredients make for an orgasmic experience of chocolate.

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday Closed

Thursday Closed

Friday 11:30 AM–5 PM

Saturday 11:30 AM–4:30 PM

Sunday 11:30 AM–4:30 PM

Gypsy Plaza

A courtyard of unique shops at Madrid's south end. Featuring local arts, jewelry. chocolates, paintings, photography, clothing and stone creations.

The Mine Shaft Tavern & Cantina

The Mine Shaft Tavern is the historic Roadhouse in Madrid NM! Try out our award winning MadChile Burger, pizza and NM specialties.

Monday 11:30 AM–8 PM

Tuesday 11:30 AM–8 PM

Wednesday 11:30 AM–8 PM

Thursday 11:30 AM–8 PM

Friday 11:30 AM–9 PM

Saturday 11:30 AM–9 PM

Sunday 11:30 AM–8 PM

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