How You Can Help
If you notice any of these resource damages, please take a photo of them, record the location (a smartphone camera typically geotags the photo), and submit it to us, along with any additional information, so we can include it here and share it with the BLM Taos Office. Or, if you prefer, please let the BLM Taos Field Office know about the resource damage directly.
Resource Damage Reports
March 6, 2023
A new illegal trail in the Sombrillo ACEC was constructed in early 2023. It connects BLM Trail Segment 73 to BLM Trail Segment 77. It is approximately 1,500 feet in length. It is oriented East-West and has one steep fall line section (with no erosion consideration). It was constructed across cryptobiotic soil crusts, and only remnants of the original biotic crusts are now evident. This photo was taken on 3/6/23 with the Friends of the Nambe Badlands and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, looking east close to its departure from BLM Trail Segment 73.
This new illegally constructed trail was documented in the Sombrillo ACEC on March 6, 2023 by Friends of the Nambe Badlands and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
February 13, 2023
Another new trail that appears to be under construction, in the Sombrillo ACEC heads south from the top of the steep hill climb on the north side of the historical loop in the Sombrillo ACEC. This new trail was observed with BLM employees on an assignment ride of where to put signs up. February 13, 2023. This newly constructed trail travels south from the north end of the Main West Loop. GPS coordinates of starting area are approximately 35.93028, -105.97459.
The continuation of the new illegal trail south from BLM Trail Segment 62 is shown here.
This new trail is shown by the dotted purple line added to the BLM Trail Inventory, it heads south along a ridgeline from BLM Trail Segment 62.
June 2, 2022
New trail in the Sombrillo ACEC that heads north and then east off BLM trail segment #28P, photographed on June 2, 2022. Erosion is already significant from this new trail.