Events

Cerrillos Hills State Park offers a full range of recreational, educational and nature-based programs held throughout the year. Activities include native grass & wildflower hikes, bird watching, landscape photography, geology, snakes, high desert animals, star gazing, lunar facts and lore with the ranger & talented guest speakers.

From cultural and historical facets, to natural history and traditional programs, you’re invited to learn, to play and to enjoy! We encourage families, friends and youth to enjoy the great outdoors. Get updates in your inbox on Park events! Just drop a line to peter.lipscomb@state.nm.us. We never share or sell your e-mail.

For more information about any of the events listed below, please contact the Cerrillos Hills State Park at (505) 474-0196.

Amigos Meeting - Visitor Center
Sunday - January 19, 2020

Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park ~ Annual Meeting

Friends of the Cerrillos Hills State Park annual meeting. All are invited. Refreshments will be served. 

Meeting starts promptly at 1pm in the Centennial Room at the Visitor Center.

Program - Visitor Center
Sunday - January 26, 2020

Cochineal: Empire-making insect

A tiny insect that lives on cactus has been used to make red dye for centuries. Second only to silver as a premium export to Spain, its traditional uses persist to this day. Come find out what they are.

Program starts promptly at 2pm. Donations always welcome.

Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center - 37 Main Street
Cerrillos, NM 

Hike
Sunday - February 02, 2020

Winter Hike

Did the groundhog see its shadow? Probably. Six more weeks of winter means great conditions in the Cerrillos Hills. Come explore the trails on this guided hike through the hills. 

Hike starts promptly at 11 am.

Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59.

$5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass.

Amigos Meeting - Visitor Center
Saturday - February 15, 2020

Amigos Annual Meeting

The Amigos are the park friends group. Their primary focus is to enhance the visitor experience in the park. Partners and sponsors of park-related community events, hikes and educational programs, the Amigos seek to improve the visitor experience. Attend this important meeting and get involved. Your Amigos membership includes a park pass and an opportunity to join the collaboration. Share your input and help guide the course for future events, improvements and goals.

Meeting starts promptly at 11am.

Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center - 37 Main Street, Cerrillos, NM 

Night Program
Friday - February 28, 2020

Star Party

Explore the night sky above the park. See the green laser tour of bright stars and constellations and marvel at telescope views of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and the planets Saturn and Jupiter. 

Program starts promptly at 7:00pm.

Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59.

$5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass.

Hike
Sunday - March 08, 2020

Geology Hike

Decode the ancient past through the eyes of a geologist. Local rockhound Scott Renbarger will be your guide.

Hike starts promptly at 11am

Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59.

$5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass.

Hike - Workshop
Sunday - March 22, 2020

Sustainable Trails Workshop

The best made trails maintain themselves. The five miles of trails in the park provide examples of good and poor trail design. Park seasonal ranger, Eli will get you up to speed with sustainable practices to help you learn the do's and don'ts of sensible trails maintenance. Come ready to work and learn.

Program starts promptly at 11am.

Cerrillos Hills State Park entrance 1/2 mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59. $5 per vehicle, exact cash or check.

Amigos Fundraiser - Visitor Center
Saturday - May 23, 2020

Amigos ~ Art in the Park

Annual Art Fair includes Folk Art, Bath & Body, Beautiful Jewelry, Loom Weaving, Cabochons, Fine Art, Photography, Block Printing, Glazed Pottery, Fused Glass, Clay Art, Cerrillos Turquoise, Silk Scarves, Golden Canyon Candles, Local History Books, Muralist, Beadwork, Glass Marbles, Water Colors, Note Cards, Desert Animal Art, Framed Prints, Printed T-Shirts, Glass Art, Wood Carving, Drawings, Art Cards and Magnets, Children’s Books, Post Card Quilts and Amigos Bake Sale.

On the grounds of the State Park Visitor Center, 10am-5pm.

Amigos Fundraiser - Visitor Center
Saturday - August 22, 2020

Cerrillos Town Wide Yard Sale

    Amigos bake sale fundraiser held at the Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center in conjunction with the Cerrillos townwide yardsale. 9-4pm

Visitor Center
Saturday - September 19, 2020

Cerrillos Fiesta

Annual Cerrillos village fiesta includes food, music, art and crafts, children activities and afternoon donkey races. 

The Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center exhibits are open to the public during this event from 9am - 4pm.

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