Friday, August 5, 2011

Trail Restrictions Lifted for Northern New Mexico

Well, we got a little rain and the National Forest Ranger Districts, along with the city and county of Santa Fe have re-opened most of the previously closed area trails. This was heralded by many a couple of weeks ago when it was announced but I must have been out to lunch or something. Actually I was on my way up to Utah to empty some coolers, but I'm getting around to heralding these de-restrictions today. Better late than never I say.

In any case, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests backed off the Stage 3 restrictions to Stage 2, meaning that the trails are open but camping with open fires is still prohibited. Trails in and around the Pacheco Fire area (north of Winsor Trail) remain closed as is the southern corridor of the Carson NFs between Taos and Truchas. Likewise, trails in and around the Conchas Fire area remain closed, although parts of the Bandelier Mesa are now open. Frijoles Canyon and most of the backcountry trails will remain closed. A partial list of unrestricted trails in and around Los Alamos can be found here.

Today, the Cibola National Forest District rescinded its trail restrictions which is nice because the 46th La Luz Trail Run is scheduled for Sunday. I'm not registered to run this year but there are some heavy hitters on this year's entry list and I'm just glad they didn't have to cancel the event. I plan on writing up a race preview sometime this evening. Here's an article by Santa Fe writer Justin Nyberg from the '08 race. A nice race report considering he nabbed a third overall finish that year. Read closely and you may notice a quote from yours truly on proper post-race recovery.

Done. And having just spent 30min writing about area trails, I will now head down to the track for a set of mile repeats tempo run, because that makes sense right? It helps to have some jams rattling around in your head during track work. This is the most recent jam I've been jamming to. Beck rocks, INXS rocks, this gal Annie Clark rocks, just need to add shoes and get to work.

Related Post:  The Los Conchas Fire


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