Free Things to Do: People are drawn to ghost towns. Some are bare bone remains of long deserted towns and some like Madrid, NM (pronounced MADrid) have been revitalized. This old coal-mining hub turned ghost town after WWII has morphed into a vibrant enclave of over 40 unique galleries and shops. Located on New Mexico Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway), the colorful village is a popular tourist attraction. It was put on the map by the 2007 John Travolta/Tim Allen comedy, "Wild Hogs," about middle-aged, middle-class bikers on a zany ride west. The small hamlet is a draw for bikers (many from around the world) traveling iconic Route 66. Stop by the Madrid Old Coal Town Museum.
Best Attractions & Activities: Want to visit a quaint art town? Madrid, NM (pronounced MADrid), an Ortiz Mountain mining hub turned ghost town, has morphed into a vibrant enclave of over 40 unique galleries and shops. Located on New Mexico Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway), the colorful village is a popular tourist attraction. Bikers, some traveling iconic Route 66, detour to this tiny hamlet which was the setting for the 2007 John Travolta/Tim Allen comedy, Wild Hogs, about middle-aged, middle-class bikers on a zany ride west. The fa�ade for Maggie's Diner, run by Marisa Tomei, in the film remains intact. Behind it there's a shop selling motorcycle gear and memorabilia. Drop by the Madrid Old Coal Town Museum and the adjacent Mine Shaft Tavern, a popular local hangout. Browse the galleries and shops and stop for a cup of Joe at Java Junction. Then head on down the trail.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Free Things to Do: "On your way to Madrid, check out another ghost town, Cerrillos. Once a gold-mining town, it was also known for its Turquoise. Head to Cerrillos Hills State Park where you can walk trails that go past long-abandoned gold mines."
Best Attractions & Activities: "Stop at the Mine Shaft Tavern for a burger or brew and check out the wall murals by the late artist, Russ Ward. If you have time, go to Tinkertown, his quirky museum of miniatures further down the trail. It's open April through October."
Best for Free Things to Do Because: Walking around Madrid, a revitalized ghost town, is a great way to get a bit of a feel of the old west.
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: It's a fun place to stop as you drive the historic Turquoise Trail with over 40 shops and galleries to explore.