TALPA RIDGE

Action Alert

The Carson National Forest Service is holding three public meetings this August. Please mark your calendars to attend at least one of these meetings:

  • Saturday, August 7th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – Gorman Rooms, Sagebrush Inn and Suites
  • Monday, August 9th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Gorman Rooms, Sagebrush Inn and Suites
  • Wednesday, August 11th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – email izzy@peakfacilitation.com for ZOOM invite

These Public Engagement Sessions will introduce version 3 of the proposed trial plan and gather more input about what you like or would like to see improved before the Forest Service starts the NEPA process.

About the Talpa Ridge Trail Plan

TMBA has been working closely with the Enchanted Circle Trails Association (ECTA) to help develop a comprehensive multi-use trail system on Talpa Ridge to benefit ALL trail users in Taos County.

These easily-accessible, close-to-home trails will be open to hikers, dog walkers, horse riders, trail runners, mountain bikers and other non-motorized users.

The Talpa Ridge was identified as the top priority for natural surface trail development in the Enchanted Circle Trails Plan which was developed with extensive public input between 2015-16, incorporating over 1,000 public comments received through a dozen community engagement events.

Not only is the location convenient to many residents of Northern New Mexico, but the landscape is ideally suited for diverse, multi-use trails with a ride range of characteristics and experiences.

Recognizing the overwhelming public demand for more trails close to home, the Carson National Forest requested that ECTA develop this conceptual trail plan for the area to meet the growing need for recreational opportunities on public lands.

By increasing the trail options for all users in the Talpa Ridge area, recreation will naturally spread out. This will minimize perceived trial crowding as well as reduce encounters between trail users.

TMBA members have been instrumental in the plan’s development, providing many days of volunteer trail inventory and design input.

In addition, TMBA helped secure and fund an $8,000 matching grant to enlist the services of Trial Solutions, an international leader in multi-use trail system design to ensure the needs of all user groups were being met, and that the landscape was being used most effectively.

The plan has been through several iterations as ECTA and the Forest Service work to implement best practices for creating shared use trails that most effectively serve the diverse population of Taos and Northern New Mexico.

Check out version 3 of the Draft Conceptual Trails Plan here: