Love to explore the villages and small towns of Arizona and New Mexico. Many were once booming mining towns that dried up and literally blew away when the metals were mined out. One that appears to be a bedroom community of Santa Fe is a quiet dusty village. Not a paved street in sight. Once a stop for the Santa Fe Railroad, you now hear the whistle of the Amtrak train, heading West in the afternoon and East in the morning. If you have a need to catch a train, you will have to drive to Lamy.
There’s quite the history here. The day we stopped by, the visitor’s center was closed. We plan to come this way again. Cerrillos is along a beautiful back road, the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway.
Mary’s Bar had a We Are Open sign, but no one appeared to be there.
Porches are one of my most favorite things, our home has over 1500 square feet of porches. I could see myself relaxing with my feet up on the wall, reading a good book. These roofs could use a little bit of love. It may get leaky when the rains come rolling in.
Looking down First Street. You wonder what tales you would hear if these streets could talk.
An historic building, now a home, a tree that has seen the passages of time and still active church. Afternoon traffic!
There appears to be newer homes or maybe they have saved and remodeled an old adobe and added on.
You wonder if this is an old gate or just made to look like one. It works.
Someone is taking on the restoration of this adobe. It will be fun to come back and check on the progress.
The Opera House is the oldest masonry building in town. Wonder if you are allowed inside.
In the 2000 census, the town’s population was 229. In 30 minutes or less you can be in Santa Fe. It’s a beautiful quiet village. The perfect spot to gaze at the night sky, escape the concrete jungle, kick back and relax. Looking forward to a return visit and exploring this timeless village. What’s your favorite back road journey?