Kick off your adventure in the Village of Cerrillos, where rustic buildings line dusty streets and time seems to have stood still. The landscape and the village have starred in many film and TV productions, from “Young Guns” to “Longmire.” Walk through the village to see the old opera house and other historic buildings. You can buy turquoise, mined in this area for more than a millennium, in shops such as Cerrillos Station Mercantile. Have lunch at the restored Blackbird Saloon, which dates to the 1880s, and you’ll feel like you’re back in the heyday of the Old West town, especially when you try the Black Jack Ketchum burger, spiked with gun-powder rub.
Learn more about the area’s mining history at treasured Cerrillos Hills State Park, located on the edge of town. Hike trails to abandoned mines or take a guided horseback ride. Either way, you’ll marvel at the sweeping mountain views. Locals love the Star Parties, where a sky guide reveals galaxies, star clusters, planets and constellations in the sky above you. The park also hosts birding hikes and other fun events.