Monday, December 21, 2020

New Mexico: A bevy of trails for everyone - Full Article

Expanding and maintaining single and double tracks takes time, volunteers and commitment

Enchanted Circle Trails Association
Dec 9, 2020 - Updated Dec 15, 2020

An update on trail work underway around Taos County and the Enchanted Circle.

Río Grande Trail - Bridge to Bridge segment

Enchanted Circle Trail Association is designing this new trail through a grant from the Department of Interior. The Río Grande Trail is conceptualized as a long-distance trail along the Río Grande, running from Las Cruces to the Colorado border. This will be designated for non-motorized access, including hikers, runners, equestrians and bikers. The B2B 8+ miles is the last missing segment in our area.

ECTA has completed the initial route finding, although there are several areas that need refinement, as in "we scrambled over those boulders, but there's gotta be an easier way through here." As long as the weather holds, we'll keep mapping.

Next step will be to contract for archeologists and wildlife biologists to scour the route to make sure we're not damaging any cultural resources or infringing on fragile habitat. We hope to turn over a complete package to the BLM by the end of next summer...

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