Cerrillos, which originated in the 1870s as a bustling gold and silver mining town, is now a quiet, tree-lined village with a population of 200, located 20 miles south of Santa Fe on State Highway 14, known as the Turquoise Trail. Centuries before gold and silver was extracted from the surrounding hills, Native Americans and Spanish settlers mined the area for turquoise.
Today, historic adobe and western buildings line the dirt streets, including a bar and grocery, old opera house and St. Joseph's Church. Visit the Mining Museum, Cerrillos Cultural Center and Petting Zoo. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour around the village with the aid of signs posted on many of the buildings, revealing the rich history of Cerrillos, which is Spanish for "little hills."