Founded by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is a day dedicated to celebrating trails and the nation’s network of public footpaths that have been built for the benefit of us all.
The Santa Fe Conservation Trust, the City of Santa Fe, and La Familia Medical Center invite you to celebrate National Trails Day by taking a city bus to go for a fun and healthy hike on our wonderful foothill trails. We will catch the 10:20 “M” Bus at Sheridan Station, near the plaza, and get off on Camino de Cruz Blanca to walk to the trailhead. It is also possible to catch the same “M” bus at the Railyard Depot (Guadalupe St.) at 10:25. A one-day bus pass is $2.
- Download the event flyer here: National Trails Day 2014.
- Download the map showing hiking routes here: National Trails Day Hiking Routes.
Those who drive to this event can find parking at the St. John’s College Trailhead and walk up the trail along Camino de Cruz Blanca.
We will meet at the Dorothy Stewart Trailhead at about 11:00. After the ½ mile “warm-up” hike from the bus stop to Dorothy Stewart Trailhead, events will include:
- 11:00 a.m.: Celebration / Proclamation of National Trails Day at Dorothy Stewart Trailhead
- Healthy snacks courtesy of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust
- Guided Hike on the Dorothy Stewart Trail with Karen Dennison of Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing, with interpretation on plant life
- 1 mile round trip to loop junction and back
- 2 mile round trip including the Dorothy Stewart loop
- Hike through the Talaya Hill Open Space: Where Dale Ball meets Atalaya
- 2 mile round trip (from nearby Wilderness Gate trailhead)
- Includes a look at recent maintenance work by student volunteers
- Includes a relatively new trail section connecting Dale Ball Trails with Santa Fe National Forest’s Atalaya Trail
- Longer options on your own can include visit to Castle Rock, Picacho Peak, even Atalaya Peak
The first “M” Bus back downtown after the trailhead event will pass through on Calle Picacho at Camino de Cruz Blanca at about 11:45, and arrive back at Sheridan Station at 12:04. Some people who take short hikes may be able to catch the 12:45 bus at Calle Picacho. We anticipate that many people following a guided hike or taking a significant hike on their own may end up on the 1:45 bus that returns to Sheridan Station at 2:04. The busses run hourly and so anyone running behind schedule for the trip out or back can simply catch the next bus.
Please wear suitable shoes and bring sun protection, water and snacks for the hike.
For more information, visit www.sfct.org or call (505) 989-7019.