My friends took me on a day trip from Albuquerque to Madrid and Cerillos, two small towns in the hills east of town. It’s about an hour's scenic drive to Madrid, an old mining town that turned into a ghost town and since then has grown into a artist/bohemian enclave. You can walk around town and browse the galleries and get espresso. There’s also a museum of facts and artifacts of the town’s mining days, which we didn’t go to. Everything’s cute and quirky, and everyone’s friendly; the town needs the tourists, who come in pretty good numbers. I enjoyed walking around and browsing, but the goods were a bit too pricey for me.
Cerillos is just a short drive from Madrid. It was also a mining town and is now tiny; it hasn't had the resurgence that Madrid has. The buildings are very Southwestern, a lot of weathered adobe. It doesn't seem to get many tourists, though there’s a store with a petting zoo (the sign says) that would undoubtedly like to have them. It was after 5 when we got there, and none of the few stores were open. The old buildings, including the opera house, were worth a look.