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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.

Hours

COVID-19 UPDATE

Effective December 3, 2020 this park is open daily during regular day-use hours for New Mexico residents only. Please see the Park Alerts

  Park Alerts

Wearing a mask or cloth face covering is mandatory in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming or unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise, and violators could receive a citation and $100 fine for not complying voluntarily. Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more while recreating. Keep groups to 5 people or less. Bring hand sanitizer and additional personal protective equipment. No group shelter use or large organized events.10/16/2020 - ongoing

Closures
No closures are posted.

Restrictions

Fires, off-road vehicles, shooting, metal detecting or collecting are prohibited in Cerrillos Hills State Park.

tel: (505) 474-0196

11/13/20: New Mexico State Parks to Close Temporarily on November 16, 2020. As directed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to rising COVID-19 cases throughout the state, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is closing all New Mexico State Parks effective Monday, November 16, 2020. The closures will expire November 30, 2020 unless the public health order is extended. A law enforcement presence will remain in the parks to ensure the protection of natural resources. COVID-19 case numbers in New Mexico are rising rapidly, so health officials continue to urge New Mexicans to stay home, wear a mask, and avoid gatherings with persons outside your household.

7/13/20: The New Mexico Dept of Health amended a statewide public health order on July 13th to temporarily restrict out-of-state visitors to State Parks and to require the wearing of face coverings. As a condition of entering a state park, all visitors must demonstrate proof of residency through one of the following means: 1. a New Mexico license plate on their vehicle, 2. a valid NM vehicle registration, 3. a federal residency document or military ID. Non-residents are excluded from NM State Parks at this time and will be turned away at park entrances. Visitors could face citations or fines for not complying voluntarily.

7/8/20: Cerrillos Hills State Park is open for hiking, biking, picnicking, and horseback riding from sunrise to 9PM daily. Day use fee is $5 per vehicle and due upon arrival. Accepted payment exact change cash or check Complete self-permit steps and post white portion to be visible in your vehicle.  Park Visitor Center remains closed. Programs, events, and rentals remain canceled or postponed.

Following Governor Lujan-Grisham's Public Health Order of July 1st, face masks are required to be worn by everyone in public spaces. And, upon arrival to New Mexico, out-of-state visitors are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Remember to stay vigilant, practice social distancing measures, and limit group size to five people or fewer.

For more information about COVID 19, please visit https://cv.nmhealth.org/ (updated daily)

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

Trails

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 cost $40 and are available from the park ranger.

Cash or checks accepted. 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

Activities

There are different programs featuring the park's unique resources every month. 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. The Visitor Center in Cerrillos village is open Friday - Tuesday from 2-4 PM and closed Memorial Day.

NOTE:   To subscribe to Park events   http://eepurl.com/NEWI9

Park Visitor Center

Park Manager: Peter Lipscomb
37 Main Street
Cerrillos, NM 87010
peter.lipscomb@state.nm.us
Tel: (505) 474-0196 

Visitor Center Hours: Open 2-4pm each day but WED and THU. Sometimes open longer on weekends or by appointment.

The entrance to the building 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 HERBARIUM AT CERRILLOS HILLS STATE PARK

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. 

THE CENTENNIAL ROOM is available to rent for group functions or meetings - http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/documents/CHSPMulti-Useroomrentalagreement.pdf

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