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Closed to the public since 1932, the Upper Santa Fe Watershed has undergone a dramatic transformation during the last decade to protect our watershed and water supply. Using management tools such as mechanical thinning and prescribed burning, the City of Santa Fe and U.S. Forest Service along with the Santa Fe Watershed Association have been working over the last several years to restore the forest.
What: A strenuous, 8.5 mile roundtrip hike through The Nature Conservancy Santa Fe Canyon Preserve and into the Upper Santa Fe Watershed up to McClure Reservoir led by experts from the Santa Fe Watershed Association, the City of Santa Fe, and U.S. Forest Service, we visit Nichols Reservoir, beaver lodges and dams, and cover topics such as the history of Santa Fe’s drinking water supply, how the reservoir systems work, forest thinning and healthy forest ecology, the role of beavers in our watershed, and other information about the ecology of the Santa Fe Watershed.
Note: Due to the strenous nature of this hike, we encourage only those that are avid hikers to sign up. We will be hiking at a brisk pace to be able to make it to McClure Reservoir. Hike leaders reserve the right to refuse participation to those not in proper physical condition for this hike for the safety of all participants.
Where: Hike will begin and end at the Dale Ball trail parking lot between Cerro Gordo Road near Upper Canyon Road.
Timing: Each hike will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.
Each hike is FREE and limited to 20 participants.
First come, first served, please sign up early!
Pre-registration is required and please plan to stay for the entire hike.
Due to the strict security of this area, no early departures are allowed.
We look forward to seeing you!