Cerrillos Station - Today
In the small village of Los Cerrillos, travelers along the Turquoise Trail will delight in the beautifully restored, historic building of Cerrillos Station, located in an old mining town, a short turn in from the Turquoise Trail. The mercantile offers American and some internationally made gifts and art, Native American made jewelry and pots, and many beautiful and locally made products, featured in our fine art gallery or in the main shop. Cerrillos Station offers the local community gifts, greeting cards, groceries, a farmer's market, and a dance and yoga studio. On warm summer days, patrons can sit in the shade in the Courtyard and enjoy delicious food made by Eva from Santo Domingo Pueblo, sometimes baking bread in our Horno (earth Oven) and live music. Come and visit us soon!
Getting HereCerrillos Station is easy to find and a great drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque along The Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway. From Santa Fe take Hwy 14 South (Cerrillos Road) 22 minutes outside Santa Fe City limits and turn right onto Main Street toward the village of Cerrillos. Turn right at First Street, Cerrillos Station is on the right. From Albuquerque take I-40 East and exit at Tijeras and keep left. Follow the Turquoise Trail for 33 miles and drive 3 miles past the Village of Madrid. Turn left onto Main Street toward the village of Cerrillos. Turn right at First Street, Cerrillos Station is on the right. For a google Map click here.
The property dates back to the 1890's when Cerrillos, once considered as a possible capitol of New Mexico, was a bustling mining town, serving areas like Dolores and Madrid and the nearby smelting town of Waldo. The original building housed two side by side saloons, eventually merging as one large saloon. Over time it became a general store and a dry goods store. During the 1920's there was a tunnel under First Street allowing a flow of goods (liquor) between these buildings and a store across the street. In the 1950's the Mitchell family opened an antique and collectibles store . The Whatnot Shop, which filled the entire premises, served locals and visitors for an impressive 50 plus years.
In 2015 Barbara Briggs bought the buildings and began an extensive renovation process. The green renovation would include bridging between the history and the future. The green renovation took more than 12 months from conception to completion. Retaining the historic character was paramount while adopting green building technology such as solar thermal produced heat and hot water, and using low V.O.C. Paints. This caring attention to detail and respect for the environment resulted in a congratulatory award from the USDA.
The Staff pictured above L to R Amanda "Elle" Laguardia, Barbara Briggs, Petra Nalini Palmer are devoted to creating a unique experience when you arrive at Cerrillos Station. If you are interested in applying for a position, teaching, becoming a vendor or consignor, or working in our day spa, click here.
Watch this brief video showing the renovation of the What Not Shop to Cerrillos Station in Cerrillos New Mexico.