Upcoming Hikes & Projects at nmwild.org

November 10, 2007
Geology hike into Rio Grande Gorge at Big Arsenic Springs within proposed Ute Mountain National Conservation Area.
Leader: Elsbeth Atencio, trained educator, geologist, hydrologist.
Maximum Participants: 12
Cost: $5.00
Distance: 3 miles round trip

Hike into the Rio Grande gorge to learn about the natural and geologic history of the gorge. Frequent stops to discuss features and visit to ancient petroglyphs. Pass through numerous ecotones to a lush riparian zone interspersed with huge, river-side ponderosas. Spectacular views of the river. Trail could be slightly icy at the rim dependant on the weather. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

Contact: Jim O’Donnell (751-7309) or Roberta Salazar (776-5200)

November 10
Piedra Lisa Trail Service Project

Last New Mexico Wilderness Alliance project for 2007! Join us for a day of general trail maintenance on the Piedra Lisa trail on the north side of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness near Placitas. We will be doing tread work and erosion control along the trail. Piedra Lisa is Spanish for smooth or slippery rock, and the northern section of the trail has plenty of loose rock on slightly steep sections that give credibility to the name.

Afterwards, we will join other groups working on projects and environmental issues at Anasazi Fields Winery. This gathering will be a chance for folks to meet and learn what others are doing to protect the Sandia Mountains.

Maximum participants: 30

Contact: Bill Velasquez at 505-881-0555, bvelasquez@gardnerzemke.com for more info on the Service Project. For more info on the gathering at Anasazi Fields Winery, contact Michael Scialdone, scial@nmwild.org, 505-843-8696.