Madrid, a booming coal town from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, was on the verge of ghost-town extinction when artists and free-spirited hippies arrived and infused new life to the town in the 1970s.
Located 23 miles south of Santa Fe on State Highway 14, also known as the scenic Turquoise Trail, Madrid is now a thriving town of galleries, shops, studios and eateries. There’s an annual blues festival in May and a traditional Christmas outdoor light display that dates from its mining days. You can visit the Old Coal Mine Museum to learn more about Madrid’s mining era.
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 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. Cerrillos also boasts a state park with hiking paths and horseback riding.
This area also includes County Road 55, Goldmine Road, Golden, and Edgewood.
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