The park ranger was a bit surprised when I said I was there strictly for hiking. I went on the Viewpoint Loop Trail and loved it! It's about 2 miles long and just enough of a work out for this slightly overweight, slightly out of shape person! You go up, be sure to look for the short staircase overlooking the view at the top, level out for a bit, walk thru sand and then hike down. Beware of loose rocks and steps that were a little treacherous. Took me about 2 hours which included lunch, photos and rest at the top.
I also hiked the El Cerro Trail which is a little less than a mile. Steep incline at the start then it is a gentle climb to the overlook point. Much easier than Viewpoint Loop. Took me about 45 minutes to hike, including photos and a little exploring at the top.
I went on a Monday. I saw no one else on the trails. It was very quiet, very peaceful and the views worth the hike.
I did not stay the night but the campgrounds looked nice. Each campsite had a picnic table and at many, the tables were covered and surrounded on three sides by adobe or stone walls.
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