We began trail building efforts in Arroyo Hondo / Apache Canyon to provide an alternative riding area to the heavily used Winsor Trail watershed, and ultimately, better connectivity between Dale Ball South and the Glorieta trail network. Our focus is on the area bounded by the Atalaya/Sierra Pelada ridgeline on the west, Glorieta Camps on the east, the watershed boundary between Atalaya Pk and Thompson Pk on the north, and private land boundaries to the south.
On Monday, February 28th, we will be hosting a public meeting on line to present initial thoughts and solicit input from interested parties on further development.
Arroyo Hondo and Apache Canyon Trails: 2-5 Year Planning
Monday, February 28 · 7:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/hqa-pfug-qhe
Or dial: (US) +1 321-420-4185 PIN: 832 999 275#
Continue reading below for a quick review or where we are and some thoughts for the next phase of development.
On Aug 17 2021, after nearly two years of collaboration between SFFTS and USFS staff, the Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District SFFTS was granted permission to to build 4.4 miles of new trails and adopt 0.4 miles of existing trail and 2.8 miles of Forest Service roads into an Arroyo Hondo trail network. The first trail, Twenty First Amendment, was completed in Aug/Sep 2021 and another ~1 mile of trail was completed in Sep/Oct 2021. Work on these trails will resume when the weather allows.
The next step is to develop a long term plan (2-5 years) to submit a list of priorities to the USFS Pecos Ranger District for additional trail work in the area. This can include new trails as well as maintenance and/or rerouting of existing trails and official adoption of existing community trails and old logging roads.
The first step in this process is to make an inventory of all trails, existing or proposed, so that a priorities list that draws from a complete inventory can be proposed. This inventory will include GPS tracks of all existing or proposed trails and a spreadsheet with meta-data on trail inventory.