Cerrillos Hills State Park
ElevationAscent: 371' 113 m
Descent: -371' -113 m
High: 6,134' 1,870 m
Low: 5,902' 1,799 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“An historic mining district with trails and interpretive displays.”— John Geronimo
While the overall length is only about 5 miles, there is some challenging singletrack in the mix. Hiker and equestrian traffic from nearby Santa Fe can be high, but it's a fun combination of history, scenery, and occasionally challenging trails.
Weekend traffic can be heavy, so be courteous to other users on these trails which are narrow and steep in many sections.
The following loop hits the highlights from a technical trail riding perspective. Park and pay fee. Directly across from the main area is J.C. Sanchez Trail, a one mile old road that is steep in sections. It includes mine features but can be skipped if the focus is on technical riding.
If skipping J.C. Sanchez, ride up the main road and then turn left and climb Escalante Trail to reach the main area to the west. The trails here are popular and well worn but have occasional sections of ledges and small rock gardens.
After looping around a few times, take Elkins Canyon Trail as a downhill run that includes more technical features. The last few hundred feet are in a narrow canyon with sections of bedrock pavement.
Note on travel: Waldo Canyon Rd (SR 57) connects I-25 and Cerrillos, but is semi-maintained and typically will not save time especially if it has been wet. Cell coverage in the Cerillos area is non-existent at the time of this writing.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: New Mexico State Parks - Cerillos Hills