Saving Land. For Everyone. Forever.

About the Santa Fe Conservation Trust

Conserving Land

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 96 conservation easements protecting over 42,000 acres, and we own 4 fee title properties totaling over 900 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.

Trails

SFCT has been involved in the creation of the Dale Ball Trails, Atalaya Trail, Santa Fe Rail Trail, the Spur Trail, La Tierra Trails, La Piedra Trail and – with the Commonweal conservancy – the Galisteo Basin Preserve Trails.  SFCT Trails Program works in partnership with the City of Santa Fe, SFCT’s volunteer group, The Trails Alliance of Santa Fe, and other entities to coordinate trail development and construction, organize volunteer trail work, identify and prioritize trail linkages, promote the trails, and provide the public with trail information and access through education programs and events.  SFCT’s Passport to Trails Program has provided field trips to over 3,000 fourth and fifth graders in Santa Fe Public Schools to introduce them to Santa Fe’s trail system.  The Grand Unified Santa Fe Trail Organization (GUSTO) initiative aims to create an interconnected system of natural surface trails that allows non-motorized users to travel in a loop around the greater Santa Fe area, as well as between the city center and the periphery.

Dark Skies

In 1999, New Mexico enacted the Night Sky Protection Act; its purpose is to regulate outdoor night lighting fixtures to preserve and enhance the state’s dark sky while promoting safety, conserving energy and preserving the environment for astronomy. One of the first of its kind in the U.S., the Night Sky Protection Act makes dark skies a priority in New Mexico for the health of its people, wildlife, and economy.

In 2008, SFCT created our Dark Skies program, to educate the community about the importance of the connection between land and sky conservation and the Six Easy Steps to Bring Back the Stars. Hundreds of people have participated in our educational Star Party events, done in collaboration with the Capital City Astronomy Club, Santa Fe Garden Club, Santa Fe Southern Railway, Salazar Elementary, and Commonweal Conservancy. We continue to celebrate land conservation in New Mexico and the importance of dark skies for future generations.

VÁMONOS

Santa Fe has many options for interesting walks and hikes, and VÁMONOS offers several walks each month that you can join in on.  Get to know Santa Fe’s beautiful parks and trails, and meet others who like to walk by joining us on a free VÁMONOS walk.  Group walking will help you stay motivated and meet others who like to walk.  We have all levels of walkers, so you can walk at your own pace.

Who We Are

Sarah Noss speaks to the Santa Fe Conservation Trust’s beginnings, and our current mission programs. Special thanks to Hutton Broadcasting.

Upcoming Events

Aug
17
Wed
8:30 am La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, Junction 22 Trailhead
La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, Junction 22 Trailhead
Aug 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, Junction 22 Trailhead | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Come help SFCT volunteers work on La Tierra Trails on behalf of the City of Santa Fe. Bring work boots, long pants/shirt sleeves, sun protection, snacks, and water.  I’ll bring the tools! If you haven’t[...]
5:30 pm Vámonos – Wellness Walk @ Larragoite Park
Vámonos – Wellness Walk @ Larragoite Park
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5/25 – Wellness Walk from Larragoite Park to Railyard Park. 6/22 – Wellness Walk from Larragoite Park to Ashbaugh Park 7/20 – Wellness Walk from Larragoite Park to Railyard Park. 8/17 – Wellness Walk from[...]
Aug
26
Fri
10:00 am Vámonos – Walk with our Elders @ MEG Senior Center
Vámonos – Walk with our Elders @ MEG Senior Center
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Take a Walk with our Elders Meet at the MED Senior Center for a walk through the Bicentennial/Alto Park (1121 Alto St.) All walks are free and open to the public. No registration is required,[...]
Aug
27
Sat
8:30 am The Conservation Homestead Resto...
The Conservation Homestead Resto...
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Conservation Homestead Restoration Workday
The Conservation Homestead Restoration Workday Saturday, August 27th 8:30 AM – 3 PM Participants will learn restoration techniques and help install simple structures that will kickstart regeneration to reverse land degradation over time —including one rock dams,[...]
Sep
3
Sat
9:00 am Vámonos Hike – Nature Scavenger ... @ Arroyo Hondo Open Space
Vámonos Hike – Nature Scavenger ... @ Arroyo Hondo Open Space
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join SFCT for a Vámonos Hike at the Arroyo Hondo Open Space (AHOS) for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Meet at the Upper trailhead (Old Agua Fria Rd. East) at the AHOS for a moderate hike[...]

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