Th­ese are a few of our fave trails


Con­sider our bless­ings liv­ing in Santa Fe. Not only do we re­side in a state with over 13 mil­lion acres of pub­lic land, which com­prises nearly 30 per­cent of New Mex­ico, but we have lo­cal pub­lic trails eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from home. Drew runs and I walk the Santa Fe River Trail! The three miles from De Var­gas Park to Frenchy’s Field are paved and a fa­vorite of Drew and Zoe, his dog, for train­ing runs. Drew is the one in train­ing! Head­ing east along Alameda, the path is un­paved and winds along the river be­low huge cot­ton­woods. You may well see the fa­mil­iar face ofMichael Smith, one of the founders of the Friends of the Santa Fe River, who spear­heads their mis­sion by putting in nu­mer­ous vol­un­tary hours tend­ing and im­prov­ing the ter­rain, open­ing up views­capes, re­mov­ing Siberian elms and Rus­sian olive trees, both in­va­sive species and eco­log­i­cal threats. He can al­ways do with a help­ing hand. To learn­more about vol­un­teer­ing, please go to www.friend- soft­he­

Other recre­ational trails within the City of Santa Fe are the Santa Fe Rail Trail, Ar­royo de Los Chamisos Trail, and the Dale Ball Trail sys­tem. Travers­ing di­verse res­i­den­tial ar­eas, they of­fer daily op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out­side. For some­thing more stren­u­ous, there’s the Ata­laya Trail, so well worth tak­ing to gasp at the views.

Head­ing 14 miles south­east from Santa Fe, the Gal­is­teo Basin Pre­serve of­fers over 50 miles of trails through grass­lands, wa­ter-sculpted ar­royos, and craggy sand­stone for­ma­tions up to amaz­ing ridges com­mand­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary views. The GBP con­cept em­bold­ens an en­dur­ing her­itage and an ex­am­ple of con­ser­va­tion in the Amer­i­can South­west.

In an­other di­rec­tion, just west of the Santa Fe Air­port, the La Cieneguilla Pet­ro­glyph Site has over 4,400 recorded images within less than a mile. An easy walk to see Precolumbian pet­ro­glyphs de­pict­ing hunters, deer, birds and early na­tive flute-play­ers.

Nowwe go fur­ther afield to tell you about Pene­lope’s ab­so­lute fa­vorite high in the Pe­cosWilder­ness. Trail­rid­er­sWall is about a mile long and ex­tends fromPe­cos Baldy Lake to the base of the Truchas Peaks. This is a mag­i­cal trail through wild­flower mead­ows, over­look­ing long mesas, walled canyons, and rugged ter­rain with forested slopes and views of dis­tant peaks. Not easy to get to, and not a day hike!

To par­tic­i­pate in trail main­te­nance or learn­more, there are a myr­iad of op­por­tu­ni­ties: To name a few - Friends of the Santa Fe River; REI or­ga­nizes vol­un­tary trail main­te­nance; Sierra Club ar­ranges hikes; and there are sev­eral on­line MeetUp groups ded­i­cated to weekly hik­ing groups.

We have it all – as res­i­dents of New Mex­ico, chal­lenge your­selves to find new ad­ven­tures, near and far.

Wewish you all a Merry Christ­mas and Happy Holi­days with friends and fam­ily.

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