The Rio Grande Trail Commission announced today the master plan identifying partnerships and next steps in development of the Rio Grande Trail has been adopted. The plan also provides the vision of the Rio Grande Trail and summarizes existing and proposed Rio Grande Trail alignments. The master plan received significant input from stakeholders, communities and agencies statewide for the past two years.
“This is significant for the state of New Mexico,” said Rio Grande Trail Commission Chair, Ken McQueen. “I am so proud of the work of our Commission, our contractors, our stakeholders and our staff to make this plan a reality.”
The vision for the Rio Grande Trail is a 500-mile cross-state recreational trail to allow users to learn about and connect with the diverse habitats, rich history, striking landscapes and vibrant communities along the trail. Created by state legislation, the Rio Grande Trail Commission has met quarterly since 2015 and has been dedicated to this planning process to make this trail a reality.
The planning process was funded by the Federal Highway Administration, Recreational Trails Program through the NM Department of Transportation, as well as state funds, and was commissioned by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The plan was developed by Alta Planning + Design, Sites Southwest, Rosemary Romero Consulting and Wilson & Company.
In addition, a total of 1.9 miles of additional trail located within the City of Elephant Butte were proposed and recommended by the Commission for a total of 88.55 miles of Rio Grande Trail designated since 2015.
From an evening walk to a month-long expedition, the Rio Grande Trail offers a window into the heart and soul of New Mexico and a journey through its exceptional natural and cultural heritage.