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Along the Turquoise Trail: Madrid, New Mexico

Madrid, New Mexico was established in the late 1800's as a coal mining town. Today it's a funky little town just south of Santa Fe, on what is known as "The Turquoise Trail". It's become somewhat well known as the principle filming location for the movie Wild Hogs. I was living in Madrid at that time, and for the month and a half that the production company was there making the movie the town was turned upside down, inside out, and "dressed up" to look nothing like it was before or after the movie was completed. Disney, which was the studio backing the movie, did leave behind some money for the town to use for upgrades to some of the public places, like the Ballpark and public restrooms in the main part of town. Oh yeah, I almost forgot... I did get to meet the actor William H. Macy. He was walking up the street on his way to the set one morning, as I was doing the same (I worked for a few days as a Stand In on the movie)... very friendly, personable guy who looked to be having fun making the movie. I said hello, and told him that I grew up in Minnesota and really got a kick out of the car salesman he played in the Coen brothers movie Fargo. He laughed and just went right into the voice of that character, saying "Oh jeez, what part of Minnesota are yah from then?". He and I went back and forth for a good, solid minute with the "Oh yah, ya betcha" and "Ya do any good wit da fishing up der at Mille Lacs then" dialect, much to the amusement of a few of the nearby film crew and a couple of bystanders. That was one of those priceless moments... very cool.

Here's a brief history of the town: Madrid New Mexico - The Artist haven of New Mexico, Nestled in the Ortiz Mountains along the Turquoise Trail (State Highway 14)

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Ghost Town Trading Post, sporting Turquoise paint

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Nice shaded parking spot for the CBR in front of the Boardwalk

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Maggie's Diner, built as a set for the movie Wild Hogs. Now a T-Shirt Shop for the H-D crowd

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Vintage Turquoise Chevrolet

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Exotic looking frog hanging out on the front porch at Maggie's Diner

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cool sculptures...

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... along...

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... the Boardwalk

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From the Boardwalk looking towards Maggie's Diner

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Storage bunker used to store high explosives back in the mining days, just north of town

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Always wanted to visit NM.
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how many NM riders do we have on here? maybe we could orginize a nice ride up through there or jemez.
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how many NM riders do we have on here? maybe we could orginize a nice ride up through there or jemez.
I believe there are a few NM CBR250R owners here... yeah setting up a ride up through the Jemez Mountains would be very cool. I did it a couple times last year, riding from Santa Fe through Los Alamos, and on to Jemez Springs for lunch. It's definitely a great motorcycle road. In fact I've talked to a few riders along the way who have done it as a big one day loop ride starting from Abq and going up through the Jemez from the south to Los Alamos, on to Santa Fe, and then back to Abq via the Turquoise Trail. Another good day ride would be going up to Taos, Angel Fire, and Red River, NM... I haven't done that one yet, but it's on the list.

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Northern New Mexico is a great destination for motorcycling... some very scenic back roads out here. If you get the chance to do it, I would recommend allowing for some time to head up into Southwestern Colorado as well... the Durango, Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride areas are spectacular for motorcycling, both On & Off Road. I use to live just outside of Telluride, and I'm hoping to take a few days and get up in that area again this summer for some Off Road riding.

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^^ all these areas are great for any type of vehicle, but i bet riding through it would be simply amazing. when i used to go to subaru meets, we used to always ride up through jemez or santafe or the peak. amazing drives as well. We should make a thread for a ride this summer! its been so great out in my area (rio rancho/abq)
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^^ all these areas are great for any type of vehicle, but i bet riding through it would be simply amazing. when i used to go to subaru meets, we used to always ride up through jemez or santafe or the peak. amazing drives as well. We should make a thread for a ride this summer! its been so great out in my area (rio rancho/abq)
I know right, it's been so nice in abq and count me in for a ride iv been wanting to do a group ride for a while.
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Im in white rock just near jemez we should all get together
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Nice Ride Report, MotoMike. I have driven through NM and spent time in Albuquerque...also visited Tent Rocks National Monument - spectacular. The wide open spaces and dry climate of the Southwest United States are fascinating for an Easterner/Midwesterner like me. Thanks for the great photos!
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