Route 60 Trading Post officially opened its doors on December 11, 2004 in the tiny mountain village of Magdalena, New Mexico. Owner and operator James Chaves is a fifth generation rancher whose family has been ranching north of Magdalena near Alamo since the 1800’s.
Magdalena, New Mexico has always been a part of Mr. Chaves’ life. He felt he wanted to contribute more to “The Village”. Magdalena was listed as one of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” and Mr. Chaves believes that local art is a valuable commodity that brings business to the village.
As an artist himself Mr. Chaves enjoys, painting, woodworking, and appreciates anything handmade. Some of his prints are displayed in the trading post gallery.
Many art enthusiasts have traveled on Highway 60 to the village of Magdalena to get a first-hand look at the authentic New Mexican art work. Route 60 Trading Post features handcrafted art such as, jewelry, furniture, paintings, metal and wood work just to name a few.
The work of Navajo and Zuni silversmiths can be seen throughout the gallery. The gallery also features and supports local Navajo artisans showcasing the local talent.