The Turquoise Trail, which runs from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, is a lovely road that passes through old mining communities. Just off the trail near Sandia Crest is the Tinkertown Museum, a wonderful folk art collection. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
The museum started out as a hobby of Ross Ward, who carved or collected everything in the museum over a 40-year period. Mr. Ward died in 1998, but the museum is carried on by his wife and children. Learn more at http://tinkertown.com/?page_id=2.