Miner at the Mirador LbNA # 19589
|Placed Date||Dec 4 2005|
|Last Update||Apr 22 2012|
Difficulty: Easy, just under 2 miles RT.
Directions: Follow Cerrillos Rd./ Hwy. 14 south from Santa Fe to the town of Cerrillos. Cerrillos was once a bustling mining town; turquoise, lead, silver, and gold were all found in the hills outside of town. However, today, Cerrillos is a very small town with a small museum, petting zoo, and antique shop. Hollywood came to Cerrillos in the 1980s and used it as the setting for the movie "Young Guns."
As you enter the town from the turnoff from Hwy. 14 (CR 57), you will come to a stop sign. Turn right at the stop onto First St., and set your odometer to zero. Cross the railroad tracks and continue up CR 59 for a little less than a mile to a sign for the Cerrillos Hills State Park on your left. Stop and pick up a trail map and information here if you like. From this point, continue up the road about 0.5 miles. Look to your left for the trailhead and park along the road (just down from the mineral spring).
Clues: Take the Escalante Trail. At intersections with the Elkins and Coyote trails, stay to the right, on the Escalante, and follow signs all the way to the Mirador at the end of the trail. Along the way, you may spot small fenced areas off of the trail. Check these out as they are abandoned pit mine shafts. Once you reach the plaque at the overlook - follow a faint path at 300 degrees for 27 paces to a hearty juniper. Box is at the base of the tree, underneath a big moss rock. Please re-hide carefully!
For information on the park, including a map, see www.cerrilloshills.org.