The Turquoise Trail
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We got out of the hotel at 9:00 for breakfast at Jimmy's. Weâ€™d decided to take the "Turquoise Trail" along the east side of Sandia Mountain. The Turquoise Trail is a very pleasant ride with a lot of pretty scenery. We took the road up towards Sandia Peak as far as the base of the chair lift but turned around at that point. Further along the Trail, Madrid is an old mining town that is promoted as an artists' colony and there are a lot of galleries and shops there. Some are quite nice; some appear to have been founded by the "flower children" of the 70's. An interesting stop was the Old Coal Mine Museum. Apparently, this was one of only 4 anthracite mining areas in the US and, coincidentally, we live on one of the other 3. This site was more museum than mine; the "mine" was reportedly just a reproduction and only extended 25 feet or so into the hill.
Continuing northward, we drove into Cerillos for a quick look around this largely-deserted town. Though VERY run down, it's very quaint and would appear to have great possibilities for a promoter, especially since it's not very for from I-25 or Santa Fe. Lunch was at the Blue Corn CafĂ© and Brewery in Santa Fe. Cute place and good beer.