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Mar 18, 2019 - Wild Hogs & Turquoise

We drove part of the incredible Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway today. The Trail begins to the South in Tijeras and the Cibola National Forest, then heads north through Cedar Crest, Sandia Park, Edgewood, Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, before ending in the San Marcos/Lone Butte Area. Along the 65 miles are homes, ranches, vacation lodging, restaurants, RV parks, a golf course, a ski resort, museums, horseback riding stables, shops/galleries and lots of respected craftsmen and artists. We started in Tijeras and skipped the Sandia Crest because...

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Oct 7, 2009 - Madrid, New Mexico

The little town of Madrid on the back road between Albuquerque and Santa Fe was chosen as a location for the comedy film ‘Wild Hogs' about a group of middle age yuppie bikers out to rekindle some adventure in their lives. (No similarity to me and me old mate Tim) Although the town was ‘dressed up’ for the film its still familiar and ‘Maggies Diner’ which Disney constructed especially is still here but selling gifts, not food. We wandered around and had lunch and then continued on the scenic loop to Sante Fe.

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Jun 11, 2008 - Santa Fe, Bandelier and the Turquoise Trail

What an interesting place! We enjoyed the hot springs in Jemez again, I even had a massage! It was great. Having heard so much about the Truquoise Trail, we didn't want to miss it. The first town of Golden was supposedly a great ghost town - it looked more like trashy ruins to us so we didn't stay to visit. We treked on to Madrid and did some shopping. Madrid was featured in a biker's movie and they are quite proud of that. Strangely enough, many of the shopkeepers had English accents. Many others looked like hippies that never grew-up...

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Apr 8, 2008 - Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

After a couple of relaxing days at Elephant Butte State park we headed north to Albuquerque, NM. We will be spending the next week at Hidden Valley Resort which is our 'home park' ( that means we pay them an annual fee which allows us to stay here at no cost for 14 nights a year. It also gives us access to all Coast to Coast parks ) The campground is located at 6600 feet so it is a little cooler here. It has also been quite windy which the locals tell us occurs 365 days a year. Back in 2002 we spent a couple of days here and managed to do...

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Mar 18, 2008 - Madrid, NM

Today we did a little side trip on our way to Durango Co. Madrid another town that used to be a ghost town, but now it is a small tourist town with a few restaurants and handmade crafts, etc. It is also where some of the movie Wild Hogs was filmed. We ate lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern which was one of the bars in the movie – both inside and out. It’s a cute town and worth a trip for lunch or dinner if you are in the Santa Fe area.

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Jan 22, 2008 - Madrid

Madrid, New Mexico; the setting for John Travolta's movie, Hog Wild. We spent quite some time checking out the various shops in this old coal mining town on the east side of the Sandia Mountains. On the way back we took the side trip up to Sandia Crest and took in the grand vistas looking over New Mexico to the east, North, and the west. A stop at the excellant barbecue restaurant Ribs for dinner, and then back to the trailert.

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Nov 7, 2007 - It's Wild - Really!

Our first week was pretty quiet while we caught up on household tasks and Don grilled some steaks when Mom and Dad came out for a visit one day. Today though, we went to Madrid (pronounced MAD rid here) to see where "Wild Hogs" was filmed. The town is located approximately 20 miles South of Santa Fe on New Mexico Highway 14 where it previously thrived as a coal mining town. When mining ceased, Madrid became a ghost town, but its spirit was revived after artists and craftspeople began arriving in the 1970's. While at the time it didn't seem...

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Aug 18, 2007 - Change of RV Parks

Charlie managed to get a reservation for tonight at Rancheros de Santa Fe RV park. It is SO much nicer than Santa Fe Skies. It has some shade and privacy between neighbors. It also has a pool and a great view. We went to Madrid, NM. It is a little artist community south of Santa Fe. It was cute and the shops were interesting. It seems that we have arrived in Santa Fe on the weekend of the annual Indian Market when Indians from all over the US come with pottery, necklaces, and all sorts of Indian art. The "Old Town" area of Santa Fe is...

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