The Turquoise Highway and Beyond

A trip along the Turquoise Scenic Highway and beyond

The Turquoise Scenic Highway runs along New Mexico 14 from Cedar Crest to Santa Fe. Along the way we saw beautiful scenery. There were majestic mountains, quaint houses with bottle fences, ruins of old houses, and long forgotten mining equipment.

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Some of the little towns along the route were full of very artsy people. Some were painters while others made jewelry.  There were murals and large sculptures. There were cozy restaurants and even a chocolate factory.  No, it wasn’t Willy Wonka.

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We left Santa Fe heading to Pagosa Springs, CO.  There we stopped for a picnic lunch.  We spread our blanket out under a shady tree on the bank of the San Juan river.  As we ate we watched people riding tubes down the river over a few small rapids.  It was a very enjoyable experience.

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After lunch we were heading to our next night’s stay in Moab, Utah.  We passed through Durango, Colorado where we witnessed smoke from the forest fires over the mountains.  We are now settled in our hotel room relaxing and reliving our day’s adventures.

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Written by Marshall


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