NPS Centennial / Camino Real Trail Celebration, with Guided Hike and Rides

October 22, 2016 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Rides to and from event at Dead Dog Trailhead
Old Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Tim Rogers

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Please join the National Park Service, Santa Fe County, Santa Fe County Horse Coalition, Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, the City of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, and many more federal and local community partners in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, as well as the coming of the “El Camino Real Trail” – which will soon connect from the city’s South Side all the way out to Diablo Canyon.

The core event organized by the National Park Service and Santa Fe County takes place at Dead Dog Trailhead off of Buckman Rd. at 2 pm.  Click on the illustration at right for details.

“Grand Unified Trail System” partners are taking this opportunity to organize “study rides” to and from the celebratory event, which will also include a hike along the Camino Real alignment guided by National Park Service staff.

Horseback rides before the 2 pm celebration are being organized by Sue Murphy of the Santa Fe County Horse Coalition (and also a member of the County Open Land Trails, and Parks Advisory Committee / COLTPAC).  There is still space for equestrians in the “Low-Intensity” ride, which will depart from Dead Dog Trailhead at 11:30 to visit the historic alignment of the Camino Real as well as some vestiges of the “Chili Line” railroad.  (Both of which figure big in the concept of a Grand Unified Trail System!)  For more, information contact Sue at suemurphy505 – at –

Several, linked off-road bicycle rides will also be conducted to and from the event:

  • 11:30 a.m.: South Side River Trail to Municipal Recreation Center.  Join SFCT Trails Program Manager Tim Rogers on the “City Section” of the future El Camino Real Trail.  A “rugged” ride starting on the River Trail at the end of Constellation Dr., north of Airport Rd. – starts as a paved trail but we will quickly segue to virtual bushwhacking, all on a legal but barely established City trail (the MRC Trail, as seen on your friendly bike map).  Call or e-mail Tim at SFCT ( if you would like to join this ride.
  • 12 noon:  MRC to Dead Dog: The main bike ride will be led by Stephen Newhall of Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, departing from the Municipal Recreation Center at 12 noon to get to Dead Dog Trailhead event via the SFNF Headquarters Well Trailhead.  It will be mostly off-road but mostly do-able on a gravel-grinder or cyclocross bike.
  • Post Event Bike Ride: Various options to return to MRC or home, but Stephen Newhall also plans to lead a ride up the Dead Dog trail and back to the MRC via Caja del Rio Plateau.  The Dead Dog part, at least, requires an actual mountain bike for most riders.

Hope you can make the celebration!



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