La Piedra Trail Opening Planned For December, 2011
The Santa Fe Conservation Trust has announced it is building La Piedra Trail, a new three-mile, recreational public trail in Santa Fe that will connect the Dale Ball Trail North with the Little Tesuque Creek Trail. The trail is expected to open in December.
Joining the two older trails will afford almost unlimited opportunities for hikers and cyclists, according to Charlie O’Leary, executive director of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust. When completed La Piedra Trail will be the first recreational trail established in Santa Fe for 13 years.
“We are delighted to add to Santa Fe’s accessible trail system in such a meaningful way," O'Leary said. "This is the first major trail connection in Santa Fe in decades. Our public and private partnerships between the Trust, landowners and public agencies, such as the City and the County, make this project unique. Presently, no other organization in our community is promoting public trail issues of this magnitude.”
The Santa Fe Conservation Trust is the current owner of more than 50 acres of land that it will convey to Santa Fe County for long-term ownership. This is the site for the new trail and natural preservation area. The Trust has taken on the responsibility of designing and building the entire three miles of trail. Many steps remain before the trail connection becomes a reality, including surveying, construction and planning for future stewardship.
“Since the founding of Santa Fe over 400 years ago, trail access to the mountains and nature has been important to residents and visitors alike," O'Leary said. "However, with increased development on private land, the construction of paved roads and the continued practice of fencing land, all of the major routes over natural surfaces have either been closed to the public or abandoned altogether. Our goal is to re-establish this lost connection by constructing a new trail link connecting the city to the sky and helping make Santa Fe the first city of trails.”
The La Piedra Trail will be open to hikers, mountain bikers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Ground breaking will take place later this month. For more information, go to www.sfct.org.