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
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 :)