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Cerrillos Hills State Park loop

Sun, 2018-07-08
Bill Priedhorsky
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In search of somewhere still open for a hike in this dry season, hopefully just about at its end, I recalled Cerrillos Hills State Park, south of Santa Fe near Madrid, which can be explored via a 5-mile loop trail. Information about the park can be found at; from the web site "Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico's 35th State Park, is a year-round, day-use park located off the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history here along the five miles of trails along with spectacular views of the Sandias, Ortiz, Jemez, and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. The park is comprised of 1,116 acres of rolling juniper and pinon hills". So it sounds worth an explore when other options are closed to us. Weather prediction is about 83 F, which might not be too hot given some cloud cover. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water - and rain gear for the lucky chance that the skies will open. We'll carpool from Los Alamos at 10:00 AM, do the 5 mile loop, and perhaps stop for an early dinner in Santa Fe on the way home. Please contact me at bill at priedhorsky dot net if you would like to join us.

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