Welcome to the last weekend of summer, as some like to refer to Labor Day Weekend. I am not quite sure where the summer went. Somehow coming out of the pandemic has been trying: trying to restart programs that were fallow last year; trying to get back to normal; trying not to be mad that the virus has come back so cruelly to infect the unvaccinated; trying to keep some of the simplicity of last year, when everything slowed down. 2021 has still been a year of pivots and adjustments.

But one thing is certain: the Banff Mountain Film Festival is back, this time at Motorama. And it is something to look forward to after a long, holiday weekend. Next Tuesday and Wednesday (September 7 and 8) we can get together a couple of hours prior to the showings to picnic, bar-b-que and enjoy time together outside. I thought I’d give you some hints about how to do it. Seems like the Yucca Drive In shut down before I was old enough to enjoy it.

  • Buy your tickets below. $18 per person per night.
  • Bring some warm clothes, folding chairs and a radio so you can hear it outside your car, or enjoy it inside your car using from your car radio.
  • Bring as many people as you have seatbelts.
  • Bring your coolers and food (no outside alcohol, though)
  • And get ready to enjoy some of the world’s best outdoor recreation and culture films!

We can whoop it up and enjoy some of the season’s finest weather while supporting the Santa Fe Conservation Trust! Even though the past year and a half brought challenges, SFCT is moving forward with many exciting land conservation projects and wonderful community programs that provide equitable access to the outdoors. We are attaching a link to our latest newsletter and 2020 annual report to give you more in depth information on our progress. We couldn’t do our work without you, so please join us and our wonderful sponsors at the Banff Mountain Film Festival next week.

In gratitude,


Sarah Noss
Executive Director

PS:  Did you miss our virtual event last week?  You can see it on our website through the weekend.  Our total fundraising for this event exceeded our $100,000 goal.  Thank you to everyone who participated!


Banff Mountain Film Festival Tickets

Watch Banff on a HUGE screen while being outdoors yourself!
Enjoy NEW films from the Banff Centre Mountain World Tour

September 7th  BANFF TURQUOISE PROGRAM (8 films – 2 hr 22 min)


September 8th  BANFF CORAL PROGRAM (6 films – 2hr 25min)


Ticket are $18 per person per night.
Drive in opens at 5:45 pm, show starts at 7:45 pm.

Purchase tickets BEFORE AUGUST 16TH and you and your ticketed guests will be entered into a prize draw for:

The Running Hub ($200 gift certificate)
An Overnight at the Blake in Taos Ski Valley (2 to give away)
Meow Wolf (4 days passes to the House of Eternal Return)
Santa Fe Brewing Company ($100 gift card)
Fire & Hops ($100 gift card – 2 to give away)
One for Neptune & Friends Gift Baskets (Each Basket has $200 Sazon gift card / $50 Dolina gift card/ six packs of Neptune Jerky/ $25 Stargazer Kombucha gift card)
CLIF Package (chico bag, bamboo utensils, granola, fastening strap, and of course,12 CLIF Bars)
Outdoor Products 3.5 liter hydration packs (2 to give away)
Deuter (Banff Lite backpack)
Oboz Package (footwear care kit, bamboo utensils)
Buff  (custom edition Buff)
Katmandu (large anti-odor packing cell)

If you’ve never been to Motorama, now is the time to go!

  • A HUGE screen and room to set up a table and chairs (or hang in the bed of your vehicle/truck)
  • Gates open early to enjoy the scenery and have your pre-show party or picnic
  • Coolers, grills, food, drink allowed (no outside alcohol)
  • A portable transistor radio can be useful if you watch from outside your vehicle; otherwise, tune into the FM station in your car
Not only are the Banff films an exhilarating experience, but the Motorama drive-in experience adds to the fun!  Plus a portion of your ticket goes to support the work of SFCT, your local land trust.

Estate Planning

Did you know that more than half of American adults don’t have a will?  It is never a bad time to start thinking about it.  Here is a handy guide for you to give you some ideas on how to proceed.  https://sfct.org/planned-giving/

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!