Wander The Shady Streets of Historic
Los Cerrillos Village
If you’re looking for authentic “Old West” atmosphere, you won’t find a better example than Los Cerrillos, New Mexico, located along the Turquoise Trail.
Often in Cerrillos Village you will encounter a class of aspiring or professional painters working en plein air or a photography class gathered to capture the subtle, enduring magic of the town.
The dusty streets and Old West style of the buildings of Los Cerrillos look like a movie set, and that’s because over ten major Hollywood films have been made in and around Cerrillos including Young Guns, Wild Hogs, Young Guns II, John Wayne’s The Cowboys and John Carpenter’s cult classic Vampires.
This historic village provides a lazy afternoon of wandering to businesses like the Casa Grande Trading Post and Mining Museum. The museum features a petting zoo, collectable rocks galore, handmade jewelry and locally-mined Cerrillos turquoise made into beautiful jewelry. Other businesses include: Scherer’s architectural antiques, The What Not Shop Antiques, Mary’s Bar, Morin’s Art and Sculpture Gallery, Broken Saddle Riding Stables, and the Old Cerrillos Hotel. Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, built in 1922, holds mass every Sunday.
Spend The Day In Santa Fe Via The
New Mexico RailRunner Train
|The beautiful architecture of Santa Fe
Guests can hop the new RailRunner Train at the 599 stop on Hwy 14 (a 12-minute drive) and take an easy train ride into Santa Fe, like a European traveler popping into town for groceries and browsing. to avoid parking downtown. The train drops you right near the center of Santa Fe, NM at the Santa Fe Railyard next to Sanbusco Center, where you’ll find Borders Bookstore, REI and many favorite local restaurants and shops. There’s also a Whole Foods Grocery and the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and Tuesday Mornings.
Roam Over 3000+ Acres on Horseback, Bike or Foot in Cerrillos Hills State Park
The rolling hills of the Cerrillos Hills Historic Park, located a short walk from the Cerrillos Hills B & B Inn, are graced with five miles of trails, affording spectacular 360º views of the Sandias, Ortiz, Jemez, and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. Hiking, horseback riding and biking are especially good during the fall, winter and spring months, when it is cool but not muddy or snowy. The Cerrillos Hills have been mined since the 1300s and are part of the long and fascinating tri-cultural history of the Galisteo Basin. For detailed information on the Park's natural and cultural resources, visit the Cerrillos Hills State Park website.
New Mexico State Parks operates a visitor center in Cerrillos Village to accommodate information about the history, flora and fauna of this very special piece of New Mexico. The park also hosts many fun educational events including stargazing, night sky telescoping, bat and bird watching, canyon crawls, twilight hikes and much more.
In honor of the area’s history of mining, the Cerrillos Mining District is listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties and in the United States Department of Interior’s National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings.
Explore Los Cerrillos
Although the village of Los Cerrillos wasn’t founded until 1879, the history of the area dates back more than 1,500 years when lead and turquoise deposits played a significant role in the lives of the early Native American inhabitants and influenced initial Spanish explorers during the settlement of New Mexico. There’s plenty to study in the New Mexico archives about the village of Los Cerrillos and the history of the famous Turquoise Trail.
The Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Santa fe
Ride the many Horse Trails in the
Cerrillos Hills State Park
The major hit movie 'Young Guns' was filmed in Cerrillos Village as well as over
ten other movies.