Due to the high probability of rain and lightning for our upcoming work day, we are postponing one week, to Saturday, June 23, same time, same place. We hope to see you next weekend!
This month we will be working the switchback trail, installing new interpretive/historic signs!
What: We will be installing three interpretive trail signs on the Switchback Trail. These signs are old photos of the railroad taken from the location where the signs will be placed. We cleared away vegetation for the signs last year. The materials for installing the signs will already be in place for the work day. We will also be doing some vegetation and tread clearing, and erosion control on the trail. Most will be heavy work, but some lighter stuff too… something for all. Bring water, gloves, sun protection and sturdy shoes.
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018. 9 a.m., work until noon.
Where: Switchback Trail (T-5004) Trailhead in Bailey Canyon, where the canyon intersects Hwy 82, about 2 miles downhill from Cloudcroft’s West edge.
NMRTA is partnering with the Forest Service to host a poker hike on National Trails Day! Starting and ending at the Depot in Cloudcroft, we will have five stations along 1.5 miles of trail where you draw a card to make your poker hand. Top three hands receive a prize! The trails are family friendly, historic, and scenic. The original rail bed on the Brooks property will be open, where you can see the progress on restoring the historic railroad trestle. We hope to see you there!
WHAT WE WILL BE DOING: We will be ‘sprucing up” around the cabin and the trestle (a national historic site) on the Brooks property, in preparation for opening the area for viewing by the hiking public during the summer. Mostly light to medium work…we can use a lot of people! Bring water, gloves, sun protection, and sturdy shoes.
WHEN: Saturday May 19, 2018, 9 am…work until noon.
WHERE: Meet in Cloudcroft at the Village Spur Trailhead, where Highways 82 and 130 intersect.
We will have shirts and caps with the new NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo for purchase.
Alamogordo is hosting their annual Earth Day celebration Saturday April 28, from 9am-4pm, in Alameda Park. As usual, NMRTA will have a booth! We will have railroad spike driving and coloring for the kids, and plenty of trail maps for everyone. Stop by to see us!