Cerro Grande Route

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico 87544

Elevation Gain1,243ft
Trailhead Elevation8,953ft
Elevation Min/Max8953/10187ft
Elevation Start/End8953/8953ft

Cerro Grande Route

Cerro Grande Route is a hiking trail in Sandoval County, New Mexico. It is within Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 8,953 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,243 feet. The Cerro Grande parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Cerro Grande (elevation 10,164 feet).

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Linda Regnier and Hope Di Paulo
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"Cerro Grande (Big Mountain) Trail, located in the western part of Bandelier National Monument, takes you to the highest point in the park at 10,199 feet. The mountain forms part of the rim of the Valles Caldera, a crater formed after a volcanic eruption 1.2 million years ago. From the summit you have a panoramic view of the Sangre de Cristo and Sandia Mountains, and a bird’s-eye view of the Valles Caldera. The diverse and serene landscape makes you forget the substantial elevation gain." Read more
Best Hikes Near Albuquerque (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The Cerro Grande Route in Bandelier National Monument offers hikers a beautiful stroll through a wildflower meadow, a heart-pumping climb to the highest point in the park, and breathtaking views of Valles Caldera National Preserve and the surrounding mountains. This 4.4-mile out-and-back hike can be accessed from one of the more scenic drives in central New Mexico along NM 4." Read more

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Trail Information

Bandelier National Monument
Nearby City
Bandelier National Monument
Skill Level
Bandelier National Monument Headquarters, 15 Entrance Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544; (505) 672-3861, ext. 517; www.nps.gov/band
Local Contacts
Park map available at the Bandelier National Monument visitor center in Frijoles Canyon.
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Dec 2018