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Build the CDT for National Public Lands Day

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day by giving back to your favorite public trails! 

Build the Continental Divide Trail! This is your chance to make history by choosing where this National Scenic trail will go. The Appalachian trail is set, so is the PCT. But not so for the CDT! :)

Meet at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, (exit 85 in Grants) Please note that many GPS units have the center location incorrect. Take exit 85 and turn SOUTH, back across the highway. It looks like a dead end, but you will see the low stone sign to the left. Drive through the gates and down the lane to reach the Visitor Center. If you get lost, you can call the center directly at 876-2783. After this we will caravan out to a site along the CDT and start work. We will train volunteers on the use of tools and how to safely handle and move rocks for cairn building.  We have applied for grant money to buy work gloves, but we ask volunteers to bring their own. Hand tools will be provided.

There is/will be information about this event posted on the BLM El Malpais website as well as the BLM Facebook page. http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/el_malpais.html

https://www.facebook.com/BLMNewMexico

http://www.publiclandsday.org/

This is a unique opportunity to help chose the exact route and build virgin tread way for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. El Malpais National Conservation Area incorporates over 30 miles of this proposed trail. Many areas have been worked, but there are still miles with very little markings! We will be building and rebuilding cairns, and cutting much needed tread way for a section of this scenic trail.

There will be 20th anniversary National Public Lands Day t-shirts for the first 25 people to attend. (Possible back packs and other swag are hoped for but are yet to be determined!)

You will see that there is a limit of 25 people attached to this MeetUp. That's not really true, there is just a limit on free t-shirts! So hurry and sign up today :) 

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  • Rolf

    Thank you for organizing this event. I might would not explore this trail by myself and the new cairns will be a good help for future hikers.
    Great group!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Daniel V.

    We built a lot of cairns. And I took 399 photos.

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • cynthia b

    This was a great hike. I loved what it taught my grandson - he was fixing cairns all the way back! Thanks, Jenn, for planning this day.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • john k.

    Wonderful hike, lots to see, good exercise, GREAT PEOPLE and best of all Ranger Jenn. .

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Great way to spent a Sunday!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Beautiful day; great people; nice hike!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Leslie A.

    What a wonderful excursion onto paths less traveled! Thank you, Jenn, for inviting us to help you with cairn construction; it was fun!

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • john k.

    Good Morning People! Here it is, 5:45AM.


    Were Egypt's pyramid laborers as eager to greet the dawn and get to work when their alarm clocks went off? Bet they got great T-shirts. Going be a fun day!

    September 29, 2013

  • Jan L.

    Hi folks...sorry I won't be able to go. I've got three pretty sick kitties...I need to watch them throughout the day tomorrow. Have much fun!

    September 28, 2013

  • Duane M.

    Hello folks! FYI - there is construction in the median just west of the Tohajeelii Exit 131. I40 is down to one lane west and east bound. Watch for signage. Safe travels! Duane

    September 28, 2013

  • Duane M.

    Hi Ranger Jenn! Thanks for the fyi. I was wondering about how much rain has affected the trail. Bummer about the gloves. Building cairns on the ancestral trail will be fulfilling. My ancestors would be happy the trail is still in use! Camera ready! See you Sunday!

    September 25, 2013

  • cynthia b

    I'd like to bring my 9 year old grandson but we could only stay until 1 or 2. I'd like him to have the experience of donating his time and building something lasting. Is it an issue if we leave early?

    September 17, 2013

  • Duane M.

    Hey folks! Glad to be part of this Meetup. I attended 2 of the El Calderon trail works in August. Nice area to work in. Looking forward to meeting up!

    September 16, 2013

  • john k.

    I'd like to drive or ride with others...hate wasting vehicle and gas and opportunity to chat. A common Westside Meetup assembly area is in Taylor Ranch, as far as possible in front of Smiths in its parking lot. Anybody interested? Passengers (me or you) should chip in $5 for the driver. Will NPS feed us lunch or....?

    September 16, 2013

  • Jan L.

    This sounds wonderful...I've never done anything like help build trails ... I have often thought that the folks who build the trails I have hiked put in some very hard work and are dedicated to making the beauty of our mountains accessible to others. Do many folks with varying skill levels help on these projects? Or, are most folks pretty young and "buff"? I just want to be sure I am not slowing things down since I am neither young or "buff", but a fairly fit middle aged woman.

    September 16, 2013

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