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Cerrillos Hills Historic Park Professional Review and Guide
"The oldest recorded mining operations in the Southwest were located at the nondescript mound of Mount Chalchihuitl in the Cerrillos Hills. At least 1,500 years ago, Ancestral Pueblo people used sharp sticks and shaped rocks to extract turquoise from the volcanic outcrops on the low mountain.
Spanish colonizers at Santa Fe mined the colorful rock in the seventeenth century. In the 1880s, silver and zinc ores brought a new wave of miners to foothills above the Rio Galesteo."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
The trail is an easy hike with plenty of Indian drawings to identify and find on the trail. Nice afternoon hike.
Petroglyph is divided into three areas all reachable from Unser Boulevard. The longest trail is Rinconada at 1.5 miles all trails are easily walked. The Park Service allows you to park outside of the gate by Rinconada and stay after the park closes at 5pm. This isn't allowed at the other areas. Petroglyph's are very interesting. Unfortuately many have been damaged by vandals. The hikes are so easy and a guide is available at the visitor's center. Buying this guide is probably unnesecary.
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