Volunteers will find plenty to do and places to go to help celebrate Public Lands Day in
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition is hosting a free cookout at
in northern Hopewell Lake New Mexico for
volunteers and the public as it celebrates completion of 100 miles of trail
through the . Carson National
“This was a huge effort over the last decade involving so many people,” says Amanda Wheelock of the Coalition based in Golden,
“Now its time to celebrate.”
Volunteers will help do some low impact maintenance on the trial near the lake before settling down to indulge in hotdogs, cake and revelry. The event is scheduled from to
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Camping, fishing and
hiking are available.
is off U.S. 64 between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras in the Hopewell Lake . Carson
The 3,100 mile trail passes through
Mexico as it follows the Continental Divide between
the Mexican and Canadian borders.
Volunteers can visit several other lakes around the region to help out on projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Entrance fees also are being waived for the day at all of their sites.
they’ll be putting up a new playground, cleaning up the shoreline and creating pollinator gardens. A free night’s camping is being offered to volunteers involved in that project. Abiquiu Lake
they’ll be planting cottonwood and willow trees along the shoreline near the
swim beach and boat ramp to provide more shade and habitat for wildlife. Cochiti Lake
Volunteers also will be helping clean up the shoreline, campgrounds and roadways at Conchas and
and enjoying a free lunch for
their effort. Visit the Corps Albuquerque District Office website
for more details. Santa Rosa
The Bureau of Land Management and the state’s National Forests are all hosting various events at different locations, dates and times. Consult their websites to learn more and participate.
And Public Lands Day means the state’s national parks are offering free admission to places such as Bandelier,
Caverns, White Sands, , Fort
and others. See their website for more information.
state parks don’t have any special events scheduled for National Public Lands
Day, a visit to any one of their more than 30 parks would still be a great way
to celebrate the occasion. See their website to find a park.