The Santa Fe Conservation Trust joined Santa Fe County, federal partners, and the trail-loving public at Dead Dog Well Trailhead to celebrating National Trails Day and the opening of the new Camino Real Trail on Sat., June 2, 2018. Parts of the new trail, which spans from the Santa Fe River Trail on the South Side of the city all the way to Diablo Canyon, were subject to Santa Fe National Forest’s one-day-old forest closure, but were temporarily exempted from the closure for this permitted celebration.
Working in concert with Santa Fe County and the Santa Fe County Horse Coalition, SFCT’s Trails Program Manager organized a bicycle ride from the Camino Real Trailhead on the Santa Fe River Trail near Airport Rd. to the celebration at BLM’s Dead Dog Well Trailhead, a distance of nearly ten miles of trail. The ride started with pavement and finished with a very soft natural surface from SFNF’s Headquarters Well Trailhead north. SFCT also set up an information booth at the event at Dead Dog Well Trailhead that was personed by our Executive Director and Land Program Manager.
Food, cool drinks, music, speeches, freebies, and other festivities organized by Santa Fe County were followed by a long, hot, and dusty ride home, but it was all worth it – except for the further demise of our tent! Once the forest closure is lifted, we can get back in there on our horses, bikes, and feet and pack that trail in some more. We are looking forward to that!