Volunteer Work Day – Aug 20th!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re enjoying Cloudcroft yet again on the Brooks property. We will be completing the last section of the retaining wall below the cabin, doing back-fill, and getting ready to add the topsoil. This has been hard work, but the wall is looking really professional.

Again, we will have shirts and caps with the NEW NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo on sale when we gather up!

Again, we’ll be walking down to the worksite from the parking area, detailed below.

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, August 20th, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

Head on up to Cloudcroft as you normally would. We’ll be parking and meeting at the Village Spur Trailhead parking area where Highway 130 intersects with Highway 82. It’s easy to spot there on your right just as you enter Cloudcroft if coming in from High Rolls or Alamogordo.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Mexican Canyon Trestle stop on Highway 82  straight into Cloudcroft.

Newsletter #100 is out!!

If you haven’t received a copy of our newsletter, no worries! We have it right here for you. This is a full recap of January – July 2016 work and events, plus a bit of what’s to come for Rails-to-Trails!

Newsletter #100 (click here to view)

Volunteer Work Day – July 23rd!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re enjoying Cloudcroft again! Most of our work will concentrate on continuation of the retaining wall construction below the cabin on the Bonnie Brooks property – hard work, but the end is in sight. We will also have some lighter work that needs to be done so there will be something for everybody.

Again, we will have shirts and caps with the NEW NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo on sale when we gather up!

Again, we’ll be walking down to the worksite from the parking area, detailed below.

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

Head on up to Cloudcroft as you normally would. We’ll be parking and meeting at the Village Spur Trailhead parking area where Highway 130 intersects with Highway 82. It’s easy to spot there on your right just as you enter Cloudcroft if coming in from High Rolls or Alamogordo.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Mexican Canyon Trestle stop on Highway 82  straight into Cloudcroft.

Historical Route to the Mexican Canyon Trestle!

On July 9 and 10, 2016, the historical, scenic, and shorter route to the Mexican Canyon Trestle through the Brooks property will be open from 9 am to 4 pm.  This trail passes by “Bonnie’s Trestle,” the area’s newest National Historical Site, and across the porch of a beautiful cabin built directly on the original rail bed.  This opportunity, available this year only on July 9 and 10, August 6 and 7, and September 10 and 11,  provides a really up-close view of the trestle, currently undergoing stabilization and recovery.

 To reach the site, go to the Depot Recreation Area on the west edge of Cloudcroft, take Trail 5001B until it merges into Trail 5000, and continue to the marked gate…less than 1/2 mile, total.  Its only about another 1/3 mile to the Mexican Canyon Trestle overlook.

NATIONAL TRAIL DAYS CELEBRATION – Sat, June 4th at 11:00am

Come on out on NATIONAL TRAILS DAY, Saturday, June 4th, at 11:00am to help us celebrate Cloudcroft’s newest NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE!!!

Bonnie’s Trestle, located on the Brooks Property just up the trail from the Mexican Canyon Trestle has officially been designated a National Historic Site. We’ll be throwing a small celebration with free refreshments and will provide a great “behind-the-scenes” tour of our ongoing efforts to preserve the “Little Trestle That Stood!”

The easiest way to get there is to head over the old Cloudcroft Depot and hike down T5001B and T5001 just like you were going to the Mexican Canyon Trestle. On the way, just keep an eye out for our signs and stay on the wide Railbed trail! The gates to the trestle will be open from 9am till 4pm, but again, we hope to see you at the celebration at 11:00am!

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Volunteer Work Day – May 21st!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re enjoying Cloudcroft again to continue work building the railroad tie retaining wall below the cabin on the Brooks Property. This is hard going and we need several strong folks to trade-off the heavier work.

PLUS, we will be doing some minor trail clean-up, and we will continue work on Bonnie’s Bridge – re-treating the wood, reseating some of the bridge railings, and putting caps on the vertical members to prevent deterioration.This is MUCH less strenuous work than the retaining wall but still necessary, so feel free to come just to work on this.

Again, we will have shirts and caps with the NEW NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo on sale when we gather up!

Again, we’ll be walking down to the worksite from the parking area, detailed below.

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, May 21st, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

Head on up to Cloudcroft as you normally would. We’ll be parking and meeting at the Village Spur Trailhead parking area where Highway 130 intersects with Highway 82. It’s easy to spot there on your right just as you enter Cloudcroft if coming in from High Rolls or Alamogordo.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Mexican Canyon Trestle stop on Highway 82  straight into Cloudcroft.

Work Day – January 16th!

What we’ll be doing

We’re going to be continuing work started earlier this year at the mouth of La Luz Canyon just northeast of La Luz (same place we worked on the previous work day in November)

  • We’ll be doing some work on the Clarke property and starting some work on the November property (we have trail easements in place with both of these property owners).
  • We will be doing tread clearing and repair, building water bars, water containment dikes, clearing culverts and similar important erosion control activities.

When/Where: Saturday, January 16th, 2015. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Again, we will have shirts and caps with the NEW NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo on sale when we gather up!

Directions to the La Luz Creek area where we’ll start from the main intersection in La Luz (click this link for a Google map)

Driving Directions

Drive to the center of La Luz (the three-way intersection of La Luz Road/Main Street and Alamo Street) and then do EITHER of the following:

– Drive south about 50 feet and turn east on to Section Road.
– Travel east on Section Road 1.1 miles to just before you cross La Luz Creek…  YOU ARE THERE! Park along the side of the road.

OR

– Drive north on Main Street (leave La Luz) about 1.9 miles and turn east onto Labrocita Canyon Road.
– Travel 1.4 miles up Labrocita Cayon Road to the cut off that crosses La Luz Creek (south side of the road).
– Cross the creek…  YOU ARE THERE! Park along the side of the road.

Newsletter #99 is out!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our latest newsletter please have a look at our online version here:  NMRTA-Newsletter-Dec2015-DIGITAL  Enjoy! We’ve had lots going on since last June!

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-434-1949 (ask for Grady) or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com