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Turquoise Trail, NM Vacation, Scenic byways, Casa Escondida B&B

Travel the picturesque and historic Turquoise Trail, while on your way to Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast for your New Mexico vacation. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). Many of our guests arrive in New Mexico via The Albuquerque International Sunport. Upon arrival, Casa Escondida B&B highly recommends that you detour from the more commonly traveled, I-25 and instead, travel New Mexico via the Turquoise Trail (aka Hwy 14). The Turquoise Trail is a designated scenic byway, which connects Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It is 62 miles of beautiful landscapes, fascinating stops and wild west adventure! This is also a fabulous motorcycle ride for you motorcycle enthusiasts. The town of Tijeras is the gateway to the Turquoise Trail. Here you can stop at the Sandia Ranger Station and visit the Tijeras pueblo Archaeological site. Next you will arrive at the town of Cedar Crest. This is home to the Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture.

As you travel along Hwy 14, you will be awestruck by the stunning views of the Sandia Mountains. You will actually drive through 5 different life zones as you travel this route. If you have time, drive Hwy 536 to the Sandia Crest. This is the highest point of the Turquoise Trail. The summit of Sandia Mountain is 10,678 feet! The view from the observation deck is spectacular. It offers an 11,000 square mile panoramic view! If you prefer not to drive to the summit, you can take the Sandia Peak Tramway. The Tramway is 2.7 miles long, from the base to the summit (the longest jig-back tram in the world). After visiting the peak, travel back to Hwy 14 and continue north to the town of Golden. Founded in 1839, the main reason for a stop in Golden is the Henderson Store (family-owned since 1918). Here you will find quality Native American arts and crafts, at competitive prices.

The next stop is Madrid. This town dates back to the mid-1800’s. It was originally a bustling coal mining town. Then it became a ghost town. Since then the old
company stores and houses of Madrid have been converted into galleries, rustic shops, coffee houses, a few restaurants and more. It is a great stop. The next town along the trail is Cerrillos. This town was famous for its turquoise mines. During its boom-time, Cerrillos hosted 21 saloons and 4 hotels. It is now a quaint reminder of the old west.  In Cerrillos, you will find several shops and galleries as well as, the Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum and a Petting Zoo. Other art galleries abound all along the trail.

As you continue north, you will soon arrive in historic Santa Fe! Remember, if you are not able to travel the Turquoise Trail on your way to Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, then be sure to put it on your agenda for your return trip. The experience is well worth the small amount of extra travel time that is required. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available year-round (4 rooms are pet-friendly). We look forward to having you as our guest! Enjoy the drive!

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Fall Foliage, Santa Fe, NM Autumn Leaves Color, Casa Escondida B&B

Make Casa Escondida B&B your fall foliage destination for northern NM. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area B&B, located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). This is the perfect location for your fall foliage trip to see the best colors of the autumn leaves. When you make your reservation at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, we are happy to provide you with a fall foliage report. We can also recommend some of the best New Mexico fall color drives. Of course, peak fall color will depend on weather conditions but we can make sure that you experience the best of the fall leaves that are available during your fall foliage vacation. Fall is fabulous! Experience our glorious aspens , our dazzling cottonwoods and the clean, clear, crisp fall air. We can also recommend some of the best fall color hikes. There is the Dale Ball trail system if you are in town, in Santa Fe or venture up to the Aspen Vista Trail. The 8,000 square mile views of the valley below are spectacular from this trail! Casa Escondida B&B has trail guides available for your use during your stay.
We look forward to seeing your fall foliage pictures. We would love it if you would post your photos of the fall leaves on the Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast Facebook page! The Jemez Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Casa Escondida B&B await your arrival. We have wonderful guest rooms available for your fall vacation but book your room now. Fall is a very busy time of year. We look forward to having you as our guest!