New Mexico

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Santa Fe Canyon Preserve Nature Hikes

April 23, 2014 - May 15, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Santa Fe Canyon Preserve
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Join The Nature Conservancy at our popular Santa Fe Canyon Preserve for two naturalist-led hikes. Robert Martin, the Conservancy's stewardship ecologist in New Mexico, will be your guide, sharing the preserve's colorful history and rich natural diversity.

You'll have a chance to spot the preserve's wild residents, including beaver, birds, deer and even bears! You'll also learn about the Conservancy's Northern leopard frog project, an effort to establish a native population on the preserve. Over the last two years, 600 tadpoles and 50 young frogs have been released into small ponds on the preserve – some have survived and are a sign of restoration success.

PNM Resources Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Conservancy to expand this program, along with funding for new interpretive signs to provide preserve visitors with information on the project.


April 23:  1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
May 15: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Reservations are required. Please contact Jacquelyn Hall at or (505) 946-2021 to reserve your spot.


Hikes will start promptly and will meet at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve sign/gate within the parking lot for the preserve.

Hikers should bring water, hats, dress in layers, and wear water-proof hiking boots if they have them.

Santa Fe Canyon Preserve

This 525 acres of open space, only a few miles from Santa Fe's bustling historic Plaza, offers a thriving bosque of cottonwood and willow trees, a pond, the ruins of an historic Victorian-era dam, hiking trails, more than 140 species of birds and the original route of the Santa Fe River. One of the last unspoiled riparian areas along the river, the preserve is nestled in the foothills adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest. Once here you can see red-wing blackbirds, a beaver lodge, colorful wildflowers and remnants of the city's historic past.

Your Guide

Robert Martin is the Conservancy's New Mexico stewardship ecologist. A lifelong New Mexico resident, he has been involved in farming and ranching in the eastern part of the state for more than 25 years. Robert has backgrounds in agriculture, oil and gas, education, and biology and has worked on various research projects involving reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. With the Conservancy since 2008, he focuses on land stewardship, playa restoration, landowner outreach, conservation education, and energy issues.    

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