Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico's 35th State Park, is a year-round, day-use park located off the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history here along the five miles of trails along with spectacular views of the Sandias, Ortiz, Jemez, and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. The park is comprised of 1,116 acres of rolling juniper and pinon hills and is accessible year-round for hikers, horseback riders and mountain-bikers. The Cerrillos Hills Park Coalition, a group of dedicated volunteers, instigated the formation of the park along with Santa Fe County Open Space. The land still belongs to the county, with New Mexico State Parks as the administrator. The Coalition's website has extensive information on the park's history, both ancient and recent. Visit the Events Calendar to find out what's going on this month
Visitors center in Cerrillos is nice and has lots of good information. Trails were in great condition. Not a piece of trash anywhere that I saw (this is pretty miraculous around here!). Great veiws. Interesting history of mining in the area over hundreds and perhaps around a thousand years or so! Family friendly trails, but go during cooler times/months as this trail offers next to no cover. It's sunny and hot.
Trails were well maintained and the views can be breathtaking at some points. The trail is broken up in to four parts, so beginner to pro on an off day, would enjoy. Check in at the state park visitors center for restrooms, historical aspects, maps. The terrain looks similar and can get you in a loop if your not careful. I enjoyed it.
This is an easily accessible trail from the highway that offers rolling hills and great views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. As a bonus there are a few historical markers describing the mining activity in the surroundings hills that are interesting. Because of horse usage and a dry creek bed parts of the trail are damaged and of sandy making the trail more challenging for the hiker/runner.