Off-Road to Madrid Tour
Off-Road to Madrid Tour
Drive Date: Thursday only, April 26, 2018
Distance: 84.5 miles (round trip)
Estimated Total Time of Tour: 5 hours
Join us for an off-road tour to Madrid, NM. Madrid is nestled on the northeast side of the Sandia Mountains and sits about midway along the “Turquoise Trail,” part of the National Scenic Byway.
After a short drive north on Interstate 25, we’ll take the Waldo Canyon exit to NM County Road 57. This 6.5-mile county-maintained dirt-and-gravel road allows us to travel east and into Waldo Canyon. Along the way we navigate through a couple of dry wash areas and gulches, and later pass by the Devil’s Throne rock formation for a great off-road photo opportunity.
The dirt road ends at Cerrillos, a funky little NM town with lots of western and mining history. Early black-and-white western movies were filmed in this area, as well as more recent films and TV shows such as Young Guns and the first TV season of Longmire. We’ll make a short stop here to experience a trip back into the Old West!
We then turn onto the paved State Highway 14 for a short drive to Madrid where we’ll spend about 45 minutes on a walk-about. About 1,500 years ago, the first Native American inhabitants mined turquoise in the nearby hills. The town of Madrid itself (pronounced with the accent on the first syllable: MAD-rid, not Ma-DRID) was founded in 1869. It was a coal mining town with a lot of history, but when coal mining stopped, it practically became a ghost town (for good reason, I’m told). Today, this unique and picturesque little town is a haven for day-trippers and travelers and has grown into a thriving art community. Some scenes in the movie Wild Hogs were filmed here.
We return via the same route through Waldo Canyon, with a view to the west this time (more photo-ops). We’ll have lunch at The Range Café in Bernalillo, a local favorite of the Roadrunner Region.
08:15 - Meet Time
09:00 - 09:30 Drive to Santo Domingo Phillips 66 Gasoline Station (pit stop)
09:30 - 10:45 Drive to Madrid via Waldo Canyon Road and Cerrillos
10:45 - 11:45 Madrid
11:45 - 12:45 Return drive to Bernalillo for lunch
12:45 - 02:00 Lunch at the Range Café
02:00 - 02:15 Return drive to Tamaya Resort and Spa
Cerrillos NM: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Cerrillos,_New_Mexico
The Range Restaurant: http://www.rangecafe.com/
Tour Meister Note: This is an easy off-road adventure. There is nothing terribly steep, there is no brush to scrape your Porsche’s finish, and you won’t bottom out. Your car will get dirty, but that’s ok…we know where the local car wash is. You will experience great views and make wonderful memories on this tour. Bring the roomier Porsche to this Treffen! Tour is not recommended for GT3s (etc.).
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