Master Plan News and Updates
Thursday June 7, 2018

The next Rio Grande Trail Commission meeting is on June 12 in Las Cruces and is open to the public.

The master planning team has been busy. At this meeting, the Commission will be discussing the draft preferred trail alignments, draft design guidelines, trail management recommendations, and upcoming Rio Grande Trail outreach. We would love to hear from you! If you can’t make the meeting, a video recording will be posted afterwards. Check out the meeting details below:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday April 19, 2018

In November and December 2017, nearly 1,000 people from across New Mexico participated in the Rio Grande Trail Virtual Open House. We’ve analyzed the responses and summarized a few important takeaways from the event. This community feedback will shape the recommended route, design, and amenities of the Rio Grande Trail. Input from the Virtual Open House complements in-depth stakeholder outreach, data analysis, and robust fieldwork. The project team will use public insights from the Virtual Open House to help plan a world-class trail network that New Mexico residents and visitors can enjoy.

Key Findings:

  1. Participants are well-versed in long-distance trail features and willing to travel to visit a long-distance trail. Half of all people who filled out the survey have traveled to another state to experience a long-distance trail.
  2. Access to nature was the most important benefit, followed by exercise opportunities, and biking or walking for transportation.
  3. The Virtual Open House confirmed that the trail will have a large audience of local and regional users on foot. And with at least 10% of participants choosing every offered trail use, it also showed that the trail will attract a broad range of users.
  4. Most participants are interested in historic and cultural tours, as well as birding or wildlife viewing experiences along the trail. Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, as well as archaeological tours, were also listed by more than half of participants.
  5. For hospitality provisions, campsites and showers/bathrooms were clear favorites. Picnic sites and playgrounds, along with places to purchase food were also popular suggestions.

See more Virtual Open House Results

Thursday April 19, 2018

In order to create attractive, cohesive Rio Grande Trail materials, the project team built a customized graphic identity. This package of colors, fonts, and hand-drawn illustrations of New Mexican flora and fauna invokes the striking landscapes and vibrant communities of the Rio Grande River corridor. The Rio Grande Trail graphic identity works its magic on all our project documents, creating a unique look and feel that is instantly recognizable. Please download, print, and share widely to get the word out about the Rio Grande Trail project!

Tuesday December 12, 2017

After four exciting weeks, the Virtual Open House is now closed. 993 people from across the state took the survey and offered their visions for the Rio Grande Trail. We are so inspired by the community passion for this project.

Monday November 27, 2017

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Rio Grande Trail Virtual Open House! Building from the strong response we have received to-date, we want to continue to reach as many people as possible. We are extending the event by two more weeks.

Join in the online open house now through December 11th!

Monday November 13, 2017

Learn about the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan and share your input with this interactive webpage. Participate online anytime between November 13th and 27th. Share the link with friends and colleagues! Using social media? Be sure to tag #RGTNM!

Thursday November 9, 2017

Because the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan touches such a large geography, we decided to bring the public outreach to you. As one of multiple strategies for sharing information about the master planning process, we will offer an online “Virtual Open House” for a two-week window of time, hosted here on this website.

Visitors can enter the open house, navigate it at their own pace and based on their own interests, and all questions are optional.

What: Virtual Open House, an online public engagement event for the Rio Grande Trail Master Plan

When: Available online November 13 – 27th



  • Hosted by the Energy Mineral and Natural Resources Department State Parks Division
  • Developed by Alta Planning + Design, master plan consultants
  • Intended for New Mexicans; and available to any interested persons

The Virtual Open House is a complement to stakeholder outreach that is ongoing and in-depth (Work Groups, agency meetings, tribal liaisons, etc). Stay tuned for more public outreach opportunities in early summer 2018, once draft recommendations are ready to be shared for public consideration and feedback.