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Cerrillos Hills State Park

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Cerrillos Hills State Park

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37 Main Street, Cerrillos, NM
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New Mexico Mines, Wild West Towns and Turquoise Trail Tour from Albuquerque
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New Mexico Mines, Wild West Towns and Turquoise Trail Tour from Albuquerque

The historic Turquoise Trail, a National Scenic Byway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, is synonymous with Native American spirituality, Spanish explorers, adventurous mining, and brave pioneers.<br>The blue-green turquoise, nationally recognized as a precious stone, was first mined by the early Pueblo people as early as 900 A.D. From the 1800s onward Spanish explorers, missionaries and prospectors followed the trail of the native American Indians already here. Today the National Scenic Byway is home to many modern day settlers and host to tens of thousands of visitors a year!<br>The drive is approximately 50 miles along Highway 14. Enjoy breathtaking scenery while traveling back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos. These small towns are now alive with art, crafts, museums and restaurants.<br>Drive, gawk, walk, and eat on this trail of history!
$295.00 per adult
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Aaren P wrote a review Mar 2019
Ponder, Texas16 contributions13 helpful votes
Cerrillos Hills was our second hiking spot of the day. I guess I read a little too much into my internet research beforehand, because we were expecting to see a lot (mining wise). We hiked two easy trails (.2 and .8 miles), and saw two mining shafts on the longer of the trails. I guess we didn't hike the right trails? The views were beautiful and except for a few people on horseback and two other hikers we were the only ones there (a Sunday afternoon). My kids had no trouble with the trails. We enjoyed the fresh, clean air and the wonderful scenery.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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477kathleenv wrote a review Nov 2018
BELEN, United States4 contributions2 helpful votes
My daughter found this state park and I am glad she did. We stopped at the visitors center first. The volunteer staffing the facility was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and very welcoming. We learned a lot from her before we even started hiking. The trail system offers a lot of diversity for all levels of hikers and getting to see the old mine shafts was very interesting. The views were remarkable in typical New Mexico fashion. It was wonderfully peaceful and a totally awesome experience.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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dcvoyagerThailand wrote a review Sep 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia28 contributions9 helpful votes
This a little gem of a state park. The park's office have knowledgable employees and volunteers about the history of the area. The walks are short enough fo so-so hikers, but more ambitious ones can take all the trains and get a workout. What I like best is that they sponsor a number of events, such as Sat am hikes with a ranger and star gazing nights - a great place to look at the stars as there is very little light interence.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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JRBrandes wrote a review Aug 2018
Cranston, Rhode Island85 contributions35 helpful votes
For $5 (on the honor system), this park offers several short, interwoven trails through the rolling desert hills. The landscape is typical of what you see when driving the Turquoise Trail. But when you get up close and walk on trails through the bushes and rock outcroppings it is truly beautiful and magical. Many of the trails offer views into old mine shafts. There is also a scenic vista which provides views in all directions, of many mountain ranges (we were told that on a clear day, you can see to Arizona—alas, our day was hazy). As an out of the way state park, there are fewer hikers on the trails. Bring plenty of water. Good for novice and seasoned hikers alike.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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NXTTRP wrote a review Jun 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida2,574 contributions519 helpful votes
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We were looking for a place to hike, and with many of the trails closed due to fire concern, we searched and found the Cerrillos Hills State Park. This is an old mining area and one of the points of interest in the park are abandoned mines that have been cordoned off by fencing to slow the continued deterioration. There is a network of trails, all detailed on a map available at the parking / access / trailhead. The trail is rocky, requiring a watchful eye while traversing. The various trails are marked at the intersections, making it easy to identify your position on the map. There’s not a lot of diversity to see on the trail, but there is are slickrock sections at a couple of places and a dry wash that could become an issue if caught in a sudden downpour. The trails present constant grade changes. Should you stick to the outside perimeter of the trails you will hike somewhere between 5-6 miles. There are certainly shorter options and you can double back should you be looking for more exercise.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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