Protected Lands Map

Santa Fe Conservation Trust Protected Properties and Service Area Map

Protected Lands

Since 1993, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust has partnered with many landowners to protect their properties in perpetuity. The Santa Fe Conservation Trust currently owns two fee properties and holds 89 conservation easements on more than 39,999 acres in Santa Fe, San Miguel and Rio Arriba counties. We monitor these beautiful, protected lands annually, in perpetuity, ensuring they increase in value to society over time as growth comes to the Land of Enchantment.

We have come to identify clusters of these protected lands and the surrounding areas as focal areas. A focal area can encompass various ecological or cultural resources and overlap political jurisdictions, but generally has some cohesive element. Focal areas are defined as areas that have a high degree of conservation values (a major single Conservation Value in the case of a scenic viewshed, or multiple overlapping values in the case of water, wildlife and open space converging in one area) that align with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust’s Mission Statement, and are in proximity to other the Santa Fe Conservation Trust protected lands. Examples include a small watershed, an undeveloped stretch of river, a cluster of farms or ranches, a grouping of prime agricultural soils, or a specific mountain peak.

The Santa Fe Conservation Trust’s focal areas consist of conservation easements that are variable in size, conservation values, biological diversity, cultural landscape, and public education and outdoor recreation offerings. The smallest conservation easement is less than three acres, but it protects an important reach of the Santa Fe River canyon. Contiguous conservation easements in the Galisteo Basin preserve viewsheds, wildlife habitat and corridors, historically important landscapes and sites, and provide unmatched trail recreation opportunities that markedly improve the quality of life of Santa Fe County residents. Conservation easements along the Pecos River protect riparian habitats, wild canyons, and upland grasslands and woodlands. Large conservation easements in the Piedra Lumbre and Las Vegas Watershed preserve historic structures and trail ruts, viewsheds, and vast open space grasslands. Focal areas are analyzed and evaluated with ARC GIS tools, ecological models, and land use projections to determine, which areas should be targeted for conservation. Building on large contiguous open space lands will increase the effectiveness of wildlife habitat preservation, species diversity and longevity, unspoiled view lines, and protection of working lands. Connecting parcels in areas with high public use will promote trail expansion, connectivity, and ensure perpetual community health and quality of life benefits.


Galisteo Basin Watershed
Pecos River Valley
Piedra Lumbre
Las Vegas Viewshed
Los Pinos River Valley
Santa Fe

Protected Lands Fauna

Protected Lands Flora

Upcoming Events

8:30 am Dale Ball Trails Work Day @ Dale Ball Trails, Sierra del Norte Trailhead
Dale Ball Trails Work Day @ Dale Ball Trails, Sierra del Norte Trailhead
Sep 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Dale Ball Trails Work Day @ Dale Ball Trails, Sierra del Norte Trailhead | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Come help SFCT volunteers maintain Dale Ball Trails on behalf of the City, people, and dogs of Santa Fe. Bring work boots, long pants/shirt sleeves, sun protection, snacks, and water.  I’ll bring the tools! To[...]
5:30 pm Wellness Walks
Wellness Walks
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wellness Walks
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10:00 am Walk with Our Elders
Walk with Our Elders
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Walk with Our Elders
3rd Fridays of the Month 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM All walks meet at 1121 Alto Street and we’ll walk in Bicentennial/Alto Park May 17th June 21st July 19th August 16th September 20th October 18th
5:30 pm Walk with a Notable Local
Walk with a Notable Local
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Walk with a Notable Local
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10:00 am Vamonos Hikes
Vamonos Hikes
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
2nd Saturdays of the month 10 AM – 11 AM (Except in September when it’s on the 28th ) May 11th  “Find a View” Meet at Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road  and walk[...]

2018 Annual Report