El Cerrito Area of Santa Fe National Forest

Total Miles


1943.23 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Open mesa plains with a web-like network of dirt roads with the occasional rocky obstacle and/or ledge. The general area is wide-open with scenic views of surrounding mesas. If you navigate deep enough into this area a couple nice rocky canyons can be found. Watch out for cattle as this is a commonly used grazing range.


These dirt roads are relatively tame and can be navigated by just about any vehicle, although if you are not careful you may find yourself in a more difficult section of ledges, loose rock, deep rutted sand. If unsure a little walk ahead will reveal the potential difficulty of the trail.

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Access Description

Best accessed from the small town of Bernal off I-25 exit 330, turn South, then Left (East) onto B26A, then right (South) onto B28A. There is also another access point South of Villanueva down State Highway 3 (GPS 35.2521907, -105.3830836).