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Cerrillos Hills State Park

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Cerrillos Hills State Park

Elevation: 6,000 ft
Coordinates: 35.466667, -106.15


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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.

History

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.

Facilities & Activities

  • Restrooms

  • Trails

  • Picnic Tables

  • Wildlife Viewing

  • History and Geology Exploration

  • Hiking

  • Mountain Biking

  • Horse Back Riding

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