NATIONAL TRAILS DAY & Poker Hike!

On National Trails Day, Saturday,  June 3, the New Mexico Rails-to-Trails Association will open the Bonnie Brooks property for viewing the area’s newest historical site, BONNIE’S TRESTLE, currently undergoing restoration. Besides a close-up view of the trestle work, the property also offers a walk to the Mexican Canyon Trestle over a near-pristine section of original railbed not often available to the public. Gates are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with refreshments and displays available at Bonnie’s cabin, near the trestle. To access the venue, start from the Depot at the Trestle Recreation Area in Cloudcroft, and follow the signs to Bonnie’s Trestle. The area will also be open on Sunday the 4th, and three weekends during the summer season, July 8 & 9, August 5 & 6, and September 9 & 10.

And, if you want to add some adventure to your Saturday, join the free Poker Hike that Rails-to-Trails is also sponsoring in conjunction with the Brooks property opening.  The hike is only 1.3 miles long – perfect for a family. Start any time between 9 am and 11 am at the Trestle Recreation Area, and turn your poker hand in at the 5th and last stop – Bonnie’s cabin – any time before 12:30 pm. Winners will be announced at 12:45 pm, with prizes for the three best 5-card poker hands. Winners need NOT be present! This is not a race – winning is strictly by chance. Take your time and enjoy the hike.

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Volunteer Work Day – September 24th!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re enjoying Cloudcroft on the Brooks property before the winter months hit us. The retaining wall for the cabin on the Brook’s property has been completed, and it looks really good! Now we need to do backfill behind the wall and add topsoil. We also will be working on the steps and doing some general straightening up. There will be work for everybody. This will be the last workday this year in this locality, so come help finish this off right.

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, September 24th, 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 – 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.

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.

NMRTA Annual Meeting – Friday, May 8th!

NMRTA Annual Meeting – Friday, May 8th!

It’s that time again! Please join us on May 8 (that’s a Friday) at 6:00 at the Lodge’s Pavilion in Cloudcroft for our ANNUAL MEETING. If you haven’t been to one of our annual meetings in the past, it’s nice for you to know that this is not so much a MEETING but more of a casual, social gathering where we’ll feed you some free hors d’oeuvres, talk about what all the local Rails-to-Trails has done this last year and what we plan to do in the future, AND we always have a guest speaker. This year, we have Mr. Wayne Turner, who worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years — most of those years as a structures foreman building bridges. Mr. Turner will be presenting a “show & tell” of many unique tools used by the worker as they traveled with the railroad in those earlier years.

We can also expect short presentations from the Forest Service as well as several local area hiking groups. We expect it to last until around 9pm but it’s a totally open meet so you are free to come and stay as short or long as you like!

We certainly hope to see you up at the Pavilion at 6:00pm, Friday, May 8th! There’s no admission charge and should be a really great time!

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Work Day – Nov 15th!

What we’ll be doing: We will continue (again) the work on the upper part of the Bridal Veil Falls trail (south side). This may be the LAST time we work this area until next fall. We’ve done a lot with this area so far so let’s finish strong! The Forest Service will provide us with more excavator work that will need to be groomed and there’s some general trail and culvert maintenance that needs to be taken care of. The weather forecast looks good so far for the work day but be sure and check it the day before so you can dress appropriately. As always, all tools will be provided!

Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study boots.  As always there will be work for all skill level and ages.

When/Where: Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon. Meet at the upper trailhead of the Bridal Veil Falls trail. A link to the map and further directions are below if you need them. The work area will be about 1/2 mile down trail from where we’ll meet.

Directions to the Bridal Veil Falls Upper Trail head from Hwy 82 in High Rolls (click this link for a Google map):  From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn north at the High Rolls General store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for .3 miles, the west (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive .45 miles and turn north (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road and travel .9 miles to the upper trailhead on the left. This is also the location of the lower trail head of the Grand View Trail.

If didn’t join us over the last several months and you’ve never been to Bridal Veil Falls, this is another great opportunity!

Thanks!

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