RIDE NEW MEXICO
MOTO-PHOTO TOURS ~ MOTO-PHOTO ART
2842 State HWY 14, Madrid, NM 87010
Ride New Mexico Headquarters is a whole lot more than a starting point for moto-photo tours, it features an extensive collection of Carlan’s classic black and white moto-photo prints from his HOG® Magazine blue highway series. Specialty maps, books, caps, t-shirts and motorcycle spirit bells are also available. Two wheels or four, all visitors are welcome to stop by, say hello and discover America’s forgotten highways and New Mexico’s open roads.
Headquarters is open Thursday-Monday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
(Closed Tuesday & Wednesday - Gone Ridin')
Allow plenty of time to explore historic Madrid (pronounced MAD’rid, the accent on Mad). Almost all the buildings and houses are from the late 1800’s when Madrid was a booming coal mining community--the largest in New Mexico. Most of those houses were once wooden cabins that had been purchased in Kansas, dismantled and brought to Madrid by rail for the miners. With a population of nearly 3000 the thriving community had its own school, hospital, company store, car dealership, baseball team, recreation center and railroad line to Santa Fe. After the mine closed in the l950’s Madrid nearly became a ghost town. In the early l970’s town owner, Joe Huber, put Madrid up for sale. With no takers he began to rent out the cabins to a few hearty individuals, artists and craftsmen. Today Madrid’s population is around 300, including some of those colorful independents and artists who first settled there.
Every year Madrid draws thousands of visitors from around the world to explore its unique shops, galleries, restaurants, museum and playhouse. Because of the spectacular ride from both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Madrid is a popular destination for day travelers--especially motorcyclists. For that reason it made the perfect location for the biker comedy, Wild Hogs, starring John Travolta.
Driving: Madrid is located on Highway 14 (Scenic Turquoise Trail) approximately 30 miles from Santa Fe and 44 miles from Albuquerque. Please see Contact for map and directions.
Flying: Albuquerque Sunport is the most convenient. It’s served by Southwest, American, Alaska, Delta and United Airlines. Santa Fe Municipal Airport is served by United Express and American Eagle. Rental cars are available at both airports.
Where To Stay
The Copper Penny House - 505-780-0031 www.thecopperpennyhouse.com
Java Junction Bed & Breakfast – 505-438-2772 www.java-junction.com
Both facilities are conveniently located within walking distance of shops, galleries, restaurants and Ride New Mexico Headquarters.
For more information on Madrid’s services and yearly events go to: visitmadridnm.com