Getting Trails on the Ground in New Mexico(Updated: 12/03/2017)
The Espanola District of the Santa Fe National Forest's project to open additional road and trails in the Guaje Canyon area directly north of Los Alamos is finally moving forward. These roads and trails were designated under the 2012 Travel Management Plan but have not been shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (and have not been open to the public) because they lacked the necessary archeological survey/clearances. NMOHVA assisted the Espanola Ranger District with the planning and application process and the District was awarded funding during the 2017 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding cycle.
The Ranger District recently announced that the administrative requirements associated with the RTP funding have finally been worked out and the contract for the archeological survey has been awarded. The survey work is expected to start this month (weather permitting). The remaining RTP funding can then be applied to trail construction, reconstruction, and improvements. This work should be able to commence during the upcoming spring/summer season. Be watching for trail work volunteer announcements!
And more good news....
The project to enhance trails in the Glade Run Recreation Area just outside of Farmington is moving forward. This project includes improvements to 15.5 miles of ATV trails and 40 miles of motorcycle (single track) trail along with trail markings, informational signage, and trailheads. This project features an exciting partnership between the San Juan County and the BLM. The funding for this project (~$700,000!) is also from the RTP program. The County has agreed to be the lead agency and financial agent for the project that will occur on BLM-managed public land.
Darryl Dunlop, NMOHVA At-Large Director, is also serving on San Juan County's Outdoor Recreation Task Force. Darryl states, "San Juan County is extremely involved, as we have the CEO of the county on our board and working side by side with us. We now have a large portion of the entire county mapped for outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as San Juan County taking the lead in generating funds to develop these trails."
You can read the article on the project in the Farmington Times HERE.