A Delightful Hike in Valencia County, New Mexico
Tomé Hill, sometimes referred as El Cerro De Tomé, is a hill among the countryside in the Rio Grande Valley.
Located six miles south of Los Lunas in the village of Tome, New Mexico, there is an easy trail that ascends ~300 feet to the summit.
At the top is a Catholic shrine with crosses, where similar to Sanctuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico, the hill is the site of
annual religious pilgrimages.
As for me, it was easy hike. I'd guess it may have been 0.3 miles (one way) on a well-marked trail.
At the summit, you're at 5223 feet with nice views of the Sandia Mountains,
Manzano Mountains, the town of Los Lunas and even the mountains out by
Socorro. Go out and enjoy!
Directions: Using my smartphone, I searched for "Tome Hill Road in Los Lunas, NM" which put me right there. Once on Tome Hill Road,
travel about 0.5 miles to the hill, then at the fork, make the bend to the right. You'll see the trailhead and parking lot on your right.
The scenery is not too shabby
at the top of Tomé Hill. This is the view to the north.
Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico.