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 [email protected]. 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.

Movie
Monday - January 01, 2024

Mining History of the Cerrillos Hills

Cerrillos Amigos would like to share a video we think everyone would enjoy. In the Mining History of the Cerrillos Hills, historian Bill Baxter describes the beginnings of the area's first mines. Cerrillos Hills State Park contains a little over 5 miles of trails and is located on the southern edge of the Cerrillos mining district. 

 Mining History of the Cerrillos Hills - YouTube

Program
Friday - March 08, 2024

Star Party

Experience the night sky above Cerrillos Hills State Park. Take in views of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies and Jupiter. The park telescope will be set up at the vault toilet lot. Come join us!

Meet just beyond the park entrance, at the far end of the main parking lot. Program starts at 7:30pm.

A valid New Mexico State Parks permit is required. Bring $5 (exact cash or check) to pay the day-use fee at the self-service station. Or remember to display your annual pass or Amigos pass on your vehicle. 

Program
Sunday - March 10, 2024

Live Raptors

Learn about raptors and get up-close with some of these amazing birds of prey. Guest presenter Laura McCann of New Mexico Raptors will bring a Great Horned Owl, a Red-Tailed Hawk, and a Turkey Vulture. 

Scientists study raptors to get important clues about environmental health. Program starts promptly at 11:00am.

Meet across the arroyo adjacent to the main park entrance.

A valid New Mexico State Parks permit is required. Bring $5 (exact cash or check) to pay the day-use fee at the self-service station. Or remember to display your annual pass or Amigos pass on your vehicle.

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - March 16, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

Event - Visitor Center
Monday - April 08, 2024

Solar Eclipse

The Cerrillos Amigos will host a viewing of the partial eclipse at the State Park visitor center from 11-1:30pm. Free viewing glasses available. 

Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm

Visitor Center
Saturday - April 20, 2024

Earth Day Program & Activities

Join the Amigos and celebrate Earth Day. Plant a Pollinator Garden. Help with Plaza clean-up. Enjoy a NM Wildlife Program 11-12pm, snacks / drinks.

Activities will be held at the Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center from 9am to 12pm.

Amigos Fundraiser - Visitor Center
Saturday - May 04, 2024

Amigos ~ Art In The Park

An annual art show held at the Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center. The show will be held in conjunction with the third annual Turquoise Trail Pack Burro Race taking place in the state park.  Visit with Artists from the Turquoise Trail corridor and surrounding area, and meet the runners and their burros.

Art work includes water colors, note cards, book signings, cotton aprons, Cerrillos turquoise, pottery, jewelry, glass work, handmade marbles, table top antiques, fiber art, metal art, photography, paintings, candles, birdhouses and woodwork. This is also an Amigos fundraiser and bake sale. Join us for a fun day in a country setting. Open 10AM - 4PM.

photo credit: Eileen Novarra 

For more information [email protected]

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - May 18, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, May 18 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - June 15, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

Visitor Center
Saturday - June 22, 2024

Plaza Clean Up

Calling a Plaza clean up/ work day in preparation for the 4th of July Community Picnic. Bring gardening tools, plastic bags, hat & gloves. 

Start time 9am - noon.

Meet at the Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center.

Event - Visitor Center
Thursday - July 04, 2024

Independence Day Community Picnic

Everyone welcome to join the Amigos as they host the annual July 4th Community Picnic in Cerrillos, New Mexico.  BBQ includes hotdogs, water melon, guest speakers and/or a fun live animal event.

Starts promptly at 11am-2pm

Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - July 20, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - August 17, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

Amigos Meeting - Visitor Center
Saturday - August 17, 2024

Bi-Annual Amigos Meeting

Join the Amigos at their Bi-Annual Membership meeting. Participate in fun events, connect with the community, and share your skills. Help create and maintain educational and recreational opportunities at the park through fundraising and volunteering activities.  Meeting held at the park visitor center.

Meeting starts promptly at 10am - noon.

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - September 21, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

Hike with Amigos
Saturday - October 19, 2024

Hike with Amigos

Hola Amigos! Come hike with us in the park on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to approximately 12 PM. We will meet at the Main Parking. This is an Amigos social hike so it’s a chance to leisurely walk through the park while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! Dogs are welcome too - well-behaved and leashed dogs with your promise to carry the waste out with you. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, bring water and snacks, and have sun protection/sunscreen as shade is limited.

Bring $5 exact cash or check to pay the New Mexico State Parks day-use fee. Or bring your annual pass issued by Amigos (provided to volunteers for Cerrillos Hills State Park) or by New Mexico State Parks (for all state parks). See you at the park!

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