Cochineal: Empire-making Insect

Sunday Feb 18, 2018

37 Main St
Cerrillos, NM 87010




Park Staff

Phone: 505-474-0196
Website: Click to Visit

Learn about the premium export to Spain, second only to silver, and its traditional uses.


A tiny insect that lives on cactus has been used  to make red dye for centuries. Second only to silver as a premium export to Spain, its traditional uses persist to this day. Come find out what they are.


Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center - 37 Main Street, Cerrillos, NM. Approximately 16 miles south of Santa Fe and 3 miles north of Madrid via NM 14. Take County Road 57 west into Cerrillos village. Donations welcome. See link for a map