Cerrillos Hills State Park
is a state park of New Mexico, located 16 miles south of Santa Fe.
Transferred to state ownership in 2009, it is New Mexico's newest
state park. The hills in the park range in elevation from
6,000 feet to 6,900 feet above sea level. At the current
time, there is no visitor center or other facilities, however
plans are underway for the construction of one. The park
does have numerous hiking trails.
The Cerrillos Hills were originally known by
the Spanish as the Sierra de San Mateo. In 1581 they discovered
the lead-silver deposits there, which had earlier been used by the
pueblo peoples as an ingredient in pottery glazes. After the
coming of the "Americans" the Cerrillos Mining District was
created in 1879.
The park was originally created in 2003 by
Santa Fe County with the assistance of the Cerrillos Hills Park
Coalition. Its name then was the Santa Fe County Cerrillos
Hills Historic Park.
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