Sombrillo ACEC (West Side of NM 503)

August 9, 2023

  • The hot and dry temps have left the trails extremely dusty.  There was some relief with 1/4 inch of rain fell in the Nambe Badlands on August 8, 2023.
  • Rattlesnakes are being observed on the trails.  Please use caution and give the snakes plenty of room in their home (they belong here).
  • Please stay on the existing trails; someone with a track bike, and extremely narrow tires, has been riding all over the place on biotic soil crusts off the trail.  If you know this person, who rides only wearing short-shorts, and no shirt, can you please kindly ask him to stay on the existing trails?
  • Heads up:  Thefts of catalytic converters on CR 113 have started again.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Prairie rattlesnake photographed on a trail on the west side of the Sombrillo ACEC by Mike Borduin August 6, 2023.

New illegal shortcut trail in the Sombrillo ACEC, Nambe Badlands, New Mexico

Another new trail is seen on the left in this photo.  This, and many other shortcut trails, are being illegally created in the Sombrillo ACEC.  Photo taken Dec 13, 2023 (with BLM Taos employees).

Damage to cryptobiotic soil in the Sombrillo ACEC from a motorcycle intentionally riding on these delicate biotic soil crusts.  This photo was taken on February 13, 2023, with Taos BLM Office employees on a trail damage assessment ride.

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