Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87540

Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails

Cerrillos Hills State Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
1-2 hours
Cerrillos Hills State Park, 37 Main St., Cerrillos 87010; (505) 474-0196; www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/cerrilloshillsstatepark.html
Local Contacts
USGS Picture Rock and Madrid; trail map available at the trailhead and at the park office
Local Maps

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Jul 2018