VIDEO PRODUCED BY LYNN CREATIVE
Design Studio based in Santa Fe New Mexico
written by Pat Brown - SFFTS (Santa Fe Fat Tire Society)
My recollection of the Nambe Badlands begins when a friend of mine told me about this area, "But don't tell anyone about it." This was a secret area. We rode it that day and I really loved the beauty of the area. Not long after that we formed the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, Chapter of IMBA. This was done in 2010. One of our first directives was to search out areas and see if the land manager was interested in our participation in trail building and maintenance.
Bob Ward took it upon himself to contact the BLM regarding the Badlands, officially called Sombrillo Area. He was initially interested in doing a reroute on a section of existing trail that had washed out. We got to a point where the BLM and Bob walked and flagged the proposed reroute. This was in 2014. Since BLM was excited about this endeavor, we proceeded to build the reroute which was approximately 2 miles in length. The trail would be sustainable and fun to ride and walk. Soon after completion, neighbors informed the BLM that someone was building trails.
BLM investigated this work and informed us the trails would be closed because they had not gone through the approval process. B. In 2016 Bob moved to Lake Tahoe and I picked up the effort to build trails in the Nambe Badlands. We (Pat Brown, Tim Fowler and Pete Prince) met with BLM in Taos, NM to re-establish our relationship with this area. At the end of the meeting, we offered to install two ride over guards along two interior fences that have been an issue due to users leaving gates down which affected the rancher that leases the land. The BLM agreed this would be a good plan provided they had an ARCH review of the sights. After 4 months of waiting, we were approved to install them.
The first thing – our club member, Pete Prince built the guards out of metal and had them powder coated at a cost ($650.00 per Guard) to the Club. We then transported the units to the area and installed them on April 14, 2018.
In the meantime, the BLM is moving forward on their Travel Plan for this area which encompasses approximately 16,000 acres. Our plan is to create an additional 30 miles of Single Track trails in this area for use by non motorized vehicles. These trails will be build to IMBA standards.
Our Thanks To All The Bike Friendly Cattle Guard Volunteers