Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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A trip to Cerrillos Hills State Park could satisfy several interests for some riders. A drive along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway will take you through some of New Mexico’s finest scenery, a few ghost towns, and even a couple of artist destinations. If the drive isn’t satisfying enough, the 4.8-mile ride will take you through several rolling volcanic hills that were once successful mines for silver, iron, and lead. By linking together several of the trails in Cerrillos Hills State Park, riders can enjoy a 4.8-mile loop and discover much of what this park has to offer. The rolling hills crossed by the trails are relics of the volcanoes that were active here nearly 30 million years ago. Iron, lead, and silver were deposited here during that time. Millions of years later, Native American and Spanish explorers and settlers came here to mine those minerals as well as turquoise. The area experienced a brief and largely disappointing mining boom in the 1880s.
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by JD & Emily Tanner / Shey Lambert (Falcon Guides)

A trip to Cerrillos Hills State Park could satisfy several interests for some riders. A drive along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway will take you through some of New Mexico’s finest scenery, a few ghost towns, and even a couple of artist destinations. If the drive isn’t satisfying enough, the 4.8-mile ride will take you through several rolling volcanic hills that were once successful mines for silver, iron, and lead.

By linking together several of the trails in Cerrillos Hills State Park, riders can enjoy a 4.8-mile loop and discover much of what this park has to offer. The rolling hills crossed by the trails are relics of the volcanoes that were active here nearly 30 million years ago. Iron, lead, and silver were deposited here during that time. Millions of years later, Native American and Spanish explorers and settlers came here to mine those minerals as well as turquoise. The area experienced a brief and largely disappointing mining boom in the 1880s.

© 2015 JD & Emily Tanner / Shey Lambert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Santa Fe
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1-2 hours
Local Contacts: Cerrillos Hills State Park, 37 Main St., Cerrillos 87010; (505) 474-0196; www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/cerrilloshillsstatepark.html
Local Maps: USGS Picture Rock and Madrid; trail map available at the trailhead and at the park office
Driving Directions: Directions to Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails

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