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Visitors love to explore the historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Cerrillos, a former mining town turned ghost town, is one of the sights to visit. Detour to Cerrillos Hills State Park a... Read More
Visitors love to explore the historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Cerrillos, a former mining town turned ghost town, is one of the sights to visit. Detour to Cerrillos Hills State Park a 1,116 acre site, open year-round from sunrise to sunset. The park offers scenic views of the Galisteo Basin and beyond. It's a great place for hiking and mountain biking. An added bonus: you can bring your horse and ride on the park's trails wending through these hillocks and past former gold mines. The entrances are fenced off for safety but you can peer in and there are signs that offer information about the area. The park rangers offer guided hikes, interpretive programs and special events year-round. Admission is $5 per car. Their visitors' center is open Thursday to Monday from 2 to 4pm. If they're closed, you can find park information outside under the front portal.
37 Main Street
Cerrillos, NM 87010
- Parks: "Want to ride through the hills but don't have your own horse? Broken Saddles, a horseback riding venue, backs up to the hills and they take their riders out there. Ride past the old mine entrances to the top of the hill with its panoramic views."
- Best for Parks Because: Cerrillos Hills State Park is a little known gem that has a lot to offer visitors.