CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (KRQE) – A new trail in the Lincoln National Forest is officially open to the public.The Alamogordo Daily News says the New Mexico Rails to Trails Association inaugurated the trail over the weekend.
President Grady Nicholson said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday that the trail is part of the original railroad bed that came through around 1900. The railroad connects Alamogordo to Cloudcroft.
Nicholson says the group funded a bridge to connect the new trail section to the Trestle Recreation Area Trails.
Bonnie Brooks, who owns the property the trail runs on, decided to deed it over to Rails to Trails. Brooks can have access to the property until death or until she official gives it to the group.
The event was timed to coincide with National Trails Day. American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is the country’s largest celebration of trails which was Saturday, June 7. National Trails Day events include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com
The Associated Press contributed to this story