Visit The Park

Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico's 35th State Park, is a year-round, day-use park located off the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway (State Highway 14) between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history here along the five miles of trails and enjoy spectacular views of the Sandia, Ortiz, Jemez, and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges.

Park Hours

Cerrillos Hills State Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and picnicking.

Visitor Center Info & Hours

The Park's visitor center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm or by appointment. Please call (505) 474-0196 to reach the Park Manager.

The entrance to the Visitor's Center is off of Rail Road, just south and west of the railroad crossing. Park brochures, maps & New Mexico State Park information can be found in the lobby and outside under the front portal. Amigos de Cerrillos State Park manages the gift shop which has snacks, local books, hats, minerals & greeting cards.


The park has five miles of trails which offer scenic views of the Galisteo Basin and surrounding areas. Historic mine shafts are safeguarded and signed with interpretive information. Elevations range from 5,800-6,100 feet.

Daily Fees

  • $5 per Vehicle
  • $15 per Bus
  • Free for Bicycle or Walk-in
  • Or use your Annual New Mexico State Parks pass which is good for day-use entrance for all 35 State Parks. Passes are available from  New Mexico State Parks or from the park manager.

Cash or checks accepted for daily fees. Use the self-pay envelopes to deposit your fee.

Park Rules

    • Please keep pets leashed
    • Stay on the trail
    • Pack litter out
    • Respect private property boundaries
    • Yield to horseback riders by stepping off the trail on the downhill side, making sure you are visible to them
    • No rock collecting or metal detecting


There are different programs featuring the park's unique resources every. Visit our Events page to find out what's going on this month. Evening events held at dusk or after dark require a day pass and the park remains open to hold them.

Park Manager

Peter Lipscomb
37 Main Street
Cerrillos, NM 87010
[email protected]
Tel: (505) 474-0196 

Herbarium at Visitor's Center

The Herbarium currently houses approximately 750 voucher specimens representing most of the known flora found in Cerrillos Hills State Park and Hyde Memorial State Park. Specimens are mounted on 100% acid-free rag paper and stored in a professional herbarium case. The use of the Herbarium is open to anyone interested in the floras of these parks.  The examination and annotation of specimens by professional taxonomists is welcomed. Please contact the Park office to schedule use of the Herbarium by calling (505) 474-0196.

Rent Centennial Room at Visitor's Center

The Centennial Room is available to rent for group functions or meetings -


Fires, off-road vehicles, shooting, metal detecting, prospecting, digging or collecting are prohibited in Cerrillos Hills State Park. 3/30/2021 - 1/1/2024
Damaging natural resources, historic mine sites, and cultural resources is illegal. Violators are subject to prosecution. 3/30/2021 - 1/1/2024

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