Santa Fe continues to flatten the curve.  Good work everyone!  We’ve got to keep social distancing and stay at home for a while because the numbers continue to climb throughout our beloved New Mexico.  I am not sure about you, but I started feeling a bit down in the dumps this week, so I thought I’d share some of the good things I am noticing in the midst of all this:

  1. The love and appreciation I feel for people on the front line and for the agencies that are taking care of the neediest among us – nice to feel the heart swell.
  2. Looking up at the snow on the mountain is calming.
  3. The streets are empty and so enjoyable on early evening walks.
  4. The night sky seems totally still these days and the stars are just steady beams of bright light.
  5. Our local trails are so sustaining, especially the ADA ones along the river and near our parks.  I realize how much urban green space means to me.
  6. My natural inclination is to start work from home at 9:30, and that’s OK.
  7. Cruising is a life saver sometimes, just to get out.
  8. When I am out taking a walk, I am really appreciating looking up at the trees and sky.
  9. I am now an expert in throwing the mail into the drive up mailbox without touching a thing.
  10. It is OK to feel sad and worried, because it is compassion for our families, community and world bubbling up.

Try to think of the good things happening right now, and if that doesn’t work, well, we wanted to share a six minute film from the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival with you.  When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he’s not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: the memory of his late wife of 68 years.  Enjoy!

For the Love of Mary

From all of us at the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, take good care!




Sarah Noss
Executive Director


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River and Acequia Cruise, May 13, 2017


Unfortunately, Earth Day events organized by the Railyard Park Conservancy have been cancelled due to restrictions on gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But you can still take this nine-mile community bicycle ride celebrating Earth Day 2020 on your own time, visiting trails, parks, and mellow streets along the Acequia Madre and the Santa Fe River to celebrate these two life-giving waterways.

Honor Mother Earth by tricking out your bike, trike, scooter, skateboard, horse, or self to represent an animal or plant of your choice!  Post or send us photos by emailFacebookInstagram and you may win a prize!

You can find the map for the SFCT Acequia Madre/River Cruise here:

Or here:

Are you taking photos or making videos out on the trails?  Send them to us at  with a description of where you are and why.  We’ll post them on social media.

We want to send out our thanks to our Banff Mountain Film Festival sponsors for hanging in there with us!  It takes a community to bring these films to Santa Fe.  Be sure to thank them.

SFCT depends on the generosity of the community to fund our work.  SFCT partners with our community to keep northern New Mexico’s living lands and people flourishing together.  We protect environmentally significant landscapes, ignite people’s passion for nature and enable the continual regeneration of our healthy place.  If you believe in our mission, please make a donation today!