Turquoise Trail Pack Burro Race
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | Cerrillos, New Mexico
Come race in the beautiful former mining town of Cerrillos, New Mexico! Set in the historic and scenic Cerrillos hills this quaint western town is the perfect back drop for fast single track burro race or a hike in the hills with your burro.
The race will start on Saturday, May 6 at 10:00am on the Main Street area of the village of Cerrillos and follows the trails of the scenic and historic landscape of Cerrillos Hills State Park.
There are two courses, one approximately 6 mile route and a 3 mile route. All racers on the 6 mile course will follow the Western Pack Burro Association race rules. More information below
About Pack Burro Racing
This race is one of 14 pack burro races in California, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico supported by the Western Pack Burro Association.
The sport originated in Colorado as a draw for small town tourism and a way to promote the working heritage of the American Burro in mining communities.
The Western Pack Burro Association helps support races across the west and provides rules for racers and burro (donkey welfare). Below is a sample of race rules and more information can be found at packburroracing.org
• Runner must control the burro with a lead rope no longer than 15ft.
• Burros only, no horses or mules.
• Strict animal welfare guidelines are to be followed- no hitting or excessive pulling on anyanimal at any time. The race director has full authority to remove any racer for apparentor perceived abuse.
• Animals are subject to veterinarian inspection pre or post-race at the race director’s discretion.
The first and last mile of each course will be paved or gravel road. From there the route will become 80% single track with dirt two track on a few ridges to allow for easier passing. Both courses pass several mine shafts, but they have safety rails and netting over the entrances. There is a moderate elevation gain on both courses as you climb up the beautiful Cerrillos hills.
3 Mile Course
This course is intended for new pack burro racers or those looking for a short hike/walk/run with their burro. The turquoise line on the map indicates the cut off where you will split from the Red 6 mile course. This turn will be well marked.
6 Mile Course
This course follows all Western Pack Burro Association race rules. This means the teams must have no longer than 15ft lead rope and the burro must have a pack saddle, pan, pick, and shovel. Please visit this link to view all rules of a WPBA race.
One aid station will be on the course (yellow marker). This will be a water only station and located on a county road that bysects the course. There is also horse trailer access here for anyone needing to be picked up.
Pink Line- potential reroute pending landowner permission.
We have two rental outfits offering burros for race day. Please contact ether person below for information on rental fees, waivers, and pairing you with a kick ass race partner.
Forever Home Donkey Rescue
Finisher awards to be announced in March
Top Placement Awards
Top Male 6 mile
Top Female 6 mile
Top Male 3 mile
Top Female 3 mile
Last Ass 6 mile
Designated Parking Areas to be determined. They will be well marked as you come into town.
The town of Cerrillos has a few small shops and one Saloon/Eatery. Open and closing times vary so please refer to shop websites for operating times.
Basic household and service supplies are available but for larger convivences you will have to travel or stay in Santa Fe, NM.
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