Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Cerrillos Hills Historic Park Hike
In Cerrillos Region

Hike Id H10154
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:03:37.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 4.6
Minimum Elevation 5700
Elevation Gain 425
Total Uphill 676
Total Downhill 676
Avg Grade 7 %
Route Type Loop
Drive Miles Round Trip 100
Drive Time Oneway 1:15
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (4.0 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 8
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Panoramic views of the Ortiz and Sandia mountains; mineral spring; historical mines. Possible guided tour by Park Ranger.

Cautions Mines are deep but sturdy railings around openings; some steep sections; bring trekking poles.

Trailhead Directions THE RELIABLE ROUTE: FROM STATE HIGHWAY 14 TURN WEST INTO THE VILLAGE OF CERRILLOS. AT THE FIRST STOP SIGN, TURN RIGHT (NORTH) ONTO FIRST STREET, CROSS THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND FOLLOW PARK SIGNS. AT THE CATTLE GUARD, VEER LEFT, ONTO COUNTY ROAD 59. THE MAIN PARKING IS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE ABOUT 1/4 MILE UP THE ROAD.

The Adventurous Route: From I-25 take the Waldo Canyon exit (Exit 267) at the top of La Bajada hill and head south. After 8 miles on unpaved County Road 57, you will arrive in the Village of Cerrillos. Take a left at the railroad intersection and follow park signs. At the cattle guard, veer left onto County Road 59. The main parking is on the left hand side about 1/4 mile up the road. County Road 57 may be impassable during wet weather.

There is a toilet there, too.

Actual Hike Cross the road and go east on the Jane Calvin Sanchez Trail, then north. Take a left (west) on the J. C. Sanchez Trail to the MINERAL SPR (1.2 mi) trailhead, and continue west on the Escalante Trail. The trail turns to the north. Keep going north until you reach the trailhead for the MIRADOR (1.9 mi) Trail. Follow that trail southwest then south as it curves. Where the COYOTE (2.3 mi) Trail intersects, follow the Coyote Trail southwest then southeast, until you come to the intersection with the ELKINS (2.8 mi) Canyon Trail. Go south on that trail. The trail joins the Yerba Buena multi-use roadway and goes east, then heads north to the parking area.

Comments This is now a New Mexico State Park. The trails make a loop around sites where there are old mine shafts for turquoise, silver, lead, manganese and other minerals. Many benches along the trails. Good views down onto the village of Cerrillos and on beyond to Madrid. The Ortiz Mountains are south of the "cerrillos" and the Sandias are in the distance. For more information, click here. The park ranger will give a guided tour if you make arrangements in advance. Another option at the beginning of the hike is to walk north on the Camino Tuquesa multi-use roadway to the Mineral Spring trailhead.

Note: There is a $15 parking fee and the senior passes DO NOT suffice.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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Waypoints
PARK: N 35 26.695, W 106 07.390
MINERAL SPR: N 35 27.127, W 106 07.399
MIRADOR: N 35 27.544, W 106 07.539
COYOTE: N 35 27.317, W 106 07.628
ELKINS: N 35 27.086, W 106 07.700


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GPX:WayTrack, 07Nov10, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant

Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author John Boyd
Maintainer Vivian Heyward