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The Doors of Los Cerrillos

Los Cerrillos DoorI’m continuing my series of posts on New Mexico. While Tanya and I stayed in Santa Fé, we did take a day trip to Albuquerque to visit Petroglyph National Monument. Rather than take the Interstate, we drove the Highway 14, also known as the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. To fully explore this scenic byway, you may need a full day. We only made a few stops, the longest being in the small town of Los Cerrillos.

Los Cerrillos was founded in the late 1800’s as a mining town, mostly for turquoise. A boom town for a short while, the mines began shutting down in the early 1900’s and the town shrank. Today, according to Wikipedia, the population is less than 250 people. The town certainly has an old west feel to it. Many of the building has small signs telling of their individual histories as boarding house, store, saloon, etc. There is only one paved road in town. There is also a state park, Cerrillos Hills State Park, with hiking trails and a visitor center in town, which we unfortunately didn’t have time to visit.

I spent an hour of so wandering the streets and visiting the Mining Museum ($2 entry fee). What struck me about the town was the large number of great looking doors. Many photographers, me included, seem to like to take pictures of doors, and Cerrillos has more than its share. I also thought the church was quite photogenic. The museum was fun as well. It’s not large, but it is stuffed with old bottles, coffee cans, glass insulators, and antiques of all types, as well as rocks and minerals.

If you find yourself driving between Albuquerque and Santa Fé, try the Turquoise Trail and consider a stop at Los Cerrillos. It will be well worth your time.

The church in Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

The church in Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

Cerrillos Door Bell

How about this door bell?

Another great door

Another great door

Or how about this one, a door without the fence

Or how about this one, a door without the fence

You can find other quirky things in Los Cerrillos, such as this radio

You can find other quirky things in Los Cerrillos, such as this radio

Wall decoration

Painting of the Virgin along a wall in Los Cerrillos

Scene outside the Museum

Scene outside the Museum

Cow skull and bottles inside the Mining Museum

Cow skull and bottles inside the Mining Museum

Bottles, Mining Museum

Bottles, Mining Museum

8 responses

  1. Iriz Chan

    Wow..interesting place. Makes me wanna fly to New Mexico ( I wish ). Great shots. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    May 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  2. Soo much turquoise, my favourite!

    May 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

  3. your photography of New Mexico are plenty of beautiful colors and an exceptional luminosity
    The place where you’r going is interesting
    I wait others so beautiful photography 😀

    May 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    • Thank you for your kind comments.

      May 23, 2016 at 7:53 am

  4. elmdriveimages

    Joe: Thank you for this set. Gettimg back to New Mexico has been on my Bucket List since I went through Albuquerque on my way to Phoenix many years ago…in the 70’s if my memory serves me correctly. I want to soak it in! Thanks again and your images are great.

    May 23, 2016 at 4:02 am

    • Thanks Dan. While many places have changed quite a bit since you were last there, I imagine places like Los Cerrillos have not. My first trip to New Mexico was in 1983 I believe. It left a lasting impression on me and helped fuel my desire to go on the two trips I’ve made there in the past several years.

      May 23, 2016 at 7:52 am

  5. Love the fotos…makes me think of Frida Kahlo style. good work

    May 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

  6. Wonderful photos, especially the doors.

    May 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

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