Volunteer Work Day – November 19th!

What we’ll be doing

We will be working on and around the Salado Canyon Trestle area, same as last month’s workday:

  • Replacing more tread boards
  • Continue weather-proofing trestle members
  • Correcting nearby erosion problems
  • Performing weed-control

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

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, November 19th, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn North at the High Rolls Store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for about 0.2 mi then turn West (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive 0.45 mi and turn North (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road. Follow Fresnal Canyon Road downhill approximately 2.1 miles to the Trailhead. Look for the parking area on the right where the power lines cross the road.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Highway 82 in High Rolls up to the Salado Canyon Trailhead.

Volunteer Work Day – October 15th!

What we’ll be doing

We’re going to be working an area we haven’t worked in a while and hope that you can join us!
We’ll be heading out on and around the fantastic Salado Canyon Trestle area:

  • Replacing some tread boards
  • Tightening loose hardware
  • Weather-proofing trestle members
  • Correcting some nearby erosion problems
  • Performing weed-control downhill from the trestle

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

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, October 15th, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn North at the High Rolls Store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for about 0.2 mi then turn West (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive 0.45 mi and turn North (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road. Follow Fresnal Canyon Road downhill approximately 2.1 miles to the Trailhead. Look for the parking area on the right where the power lines cross the road.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Highway 82 in High Rolls up to the Salado Canyon Trailhead.

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

Work Day – November 21st!

What we’ll be doing

We’re going to be continuing work started earlier this year at the mouth of Labrocita Canyon just northeast of La Luz.

  • There’s been heavy grass growth almost everywhere we worked last spring. This growth is obstructing water flow and foot traffic in many places and needs to be cleared out.
  • Some of our water-bars need to be reworked.
  • There are a few places where water has washed out our containment dikes and is damaging the trail again. We’ll focus some effort on repairing these areas.

When/Where: Saturday, November 21st, 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.

Thanks!

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

JANUARY 2015 WORKDAY SUCCESS

We had a PHENOMENAL work day last Saturday! We ended up with 24 volunteers (including two Forest Service representatives) so we got a lot accomplished!

  • We worked on the Clarke private property (through which we have a legal easement in place for public access) down at the mouth of Laborcita Canyon outside La Luz.
  • We filled most (not all) of the holes caused by the old water line failures.
  • Cleaned rocks and weeds from most of the rail bed (though there’s more to do).
  • We worked on most of the old wood culverts — cleaning out the input sides — we have more to do with those.
  • MAJOR IMPROVEMENT: We routed the rail bed around one of the more dangerous spots near the end of the property.

MORE TO DO IN THE FUTURE

  • More tree and culvert prep (amongst other various tasks)
  • The entire south side of the rail bed needs to be ditched for erosion control
  • Other moderately dangerous area (more holes) will need some serious work

Thanks everyone for coming out!

 

Jan 2014 volunteer trail workday - Culvert work

Culvert work

 

Jan 2015 volunteer work day - cleaning up the rail bed

Cleaning up the rail bed!

 

Jan 2015 volunteer work day - rail bed tread work

Tread work

As always, we’ve got many more photos! Check them out on our official Flickr page!