Cerrillos Hills Historic Park Hike
In Cerrillos Region
|Last Update||2018-05-22 22:03:37.0|
|Avg Grade||7 %|
|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
Map File Download it. Usually a larger image.
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
GPS Files Click link to download file.
GPX:WayTrack, 07Nov10, Garmin, Marilyn Warrant
|Text Author||Roger Holloway|
|Map Author||Marilyn Warrant|
|Waypoints Author||Marilyn Warrant|
|Track Author||John Boyd|