Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

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Los Cerrillos is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 229 at the 2000 census. Accessible from State Highway 14, Cerrillos is on the road from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, closer to Santa Fe. There are several shops and galleries, a Post Office and the Cerrillos Hills State Park which contains 5 miles of hiking trails. Find your way to the Casa Grande Trading Post [1], for Cerrillos Turquoise, gifts, rocks, minerals and interesting old bottles. At the Trading Post there is a Petting Zoo and Turquoise Mining Museum; inside you can buy a bag of food to feed the chickens, goats, and llama. The Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum contains hundreds of artifacts from the American Old West and the Cerrillos Mining District. It also has cardboard cutouts of characters from the film Young Guns and information on other movies which were filmed in and around Cerrillos. This is a good place to view Cerrillos Turquoise from the Brown's turquoise claim, The Little Chalchihuitl, [2].



Los Cerrillos is located at 35°26′14″N 106°7′36″W / 35.43722°N 106.12667°W / 35.43722; -106.12667 (35.437160, -106.126711)[3]. Los Cerrillos is referred to as Cerrillos by local residents.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 229 people, 111 households, and 59 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 164.5 people per square mile (63.6/km²). There were 129 housing units at an average density of 92.7/sq mi (35.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.04% White, 0.44% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 16.16% from other races, and 3.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.66% of the population.

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