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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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

Work Day – September 19th!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re enjoying Cloudcroft again to work around the historical trestle and cabin on the Brooks property. Specifically, we’ll be tackling some repair work around the cabin — much of which was occasioned by trespassers through the area.

  • Repairing a rock retaining wall
  • Placing slash where obvious trespassing onto the property originates
  • Placing “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs at several locations along the property
  • Repairing the supporting wall (railroad ties) to stop erosion that may soon topple a propane tank if not soon corrected
  • Repairing the erosion damage that has started in several places along the trail north of the cabin

Tools will be supplied by the Forest Service and only the tool truck will be driving directly down the driveway to the work area (see directions for everyone else below).

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

 

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

When/Where: Saturday, September 19th, 2015. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Directions to the Village Spur Trailhead parking area (click this link for a Google map)

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.

Thanks!

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

Work Day – July 18th!

What we’ll be doing

Just like we’ve done over the last couple of work days, this month we’re enjoying Cloudcroft again to work around the historical trestle on the Brooks property. As part of a systematic effort to control erosion under the trestle, we will start building “gully plugs” upstream from the trestle and bridge. The erosion is starting to undercut the trestle structure and if left unchecked, it will eventually drop the trestle into the steep canyon below. Again, these efforts are in support of having the Trestle eventually recognized as a historical site.

Also, we’ll continue doing some brush cutting and in turn, use part of the cuttings to block an area where unauthorized access has been occurring. There will certainly be work for all skill levels!

*SPECIAL TREAT* Bonnie has let us know that she will be serving us fresh baked cookies during our break!

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

If you still haven’t had a chance to check out our 98th Newsletter, now’s your chance! Just click on this link to view or download!

 NMRTA Newsletter Issue #98

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

When/Where: Saturday, July 18th, 2015. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Directions to the Village Spur Trailhead parking area (click this link for a Google map)

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.

Thanks!

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

Work Day – June 20th!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re enjoying the nicer weather Cloudcroft again to work around the historical trestle (hopefully will someday soon be an official historical site) on the Brooks property. We’ll be removing some dirt from below the trestle and/or building up some water control structures in the gully above the bridge and trestle. Again, these efforts are in support of having the Trestle eventually recognized as a historical site.

We may form a separate group to do some trail grooming work in an area separate from the trestle activity.

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

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out our 98th Newsletter, now’s your chance! Just click on this link to view or download!  NMRTA Newsletter Issue #98

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

When/Where: Saturday, June 20th, 2015. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Directions to the Village Spur Trailhead parking area (click this link for a Google map)

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.

Thanks!

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

Work Day – May 16th!

What we’ll be doing

This month we’re moving up into Cloudcroft to tackle some brush cleaning, minor drainage work, and possibly some gully work down around Bonnie Brooks’ Trestle and Bridge. These efforts are in support of having the Trestle eventually recognized as a historical site.

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

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

Directions to the Village Spur Trailhead parking area (click this link for a Google map)

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.

Thanks!

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