Instead of getting your kicks on Route 66, take a drive on the Turquoise Trail.
Get to know the real Wild West along the Turquoise Trail. This 50-mile National Scenic Byway passes through colorful and history-rich towns like the mining ghost-town Golden, the turquoise and mining town Cerrillos, which boasts the oldest mine in the United States, and the art gallery-rich town of Madrid. Visitors pass from shop to shop, many of which are still personal homes, looking for the perfect turquoise item to purchase. For skiing enthusiasts, some of the best skiing can be had along the Turquoise Trail during winter months.