Local trails advocate finds collaboration is key for helping the Caja del Rio

April 17, 2022

Centuries of history reverberate across the dramatic landscapes of the Caja del Rio, where whispers from the past make their presence felt throughout the rugged volcanic plateau that lies between the expanding city of Santa Fe and the Rio Grande.

The Caja’s story has been written in petroglyphs and wagon tracks by the ancestors of today’s Pueblo and Hispano people, groups that still live near the plateau and understand its significance. Its grandeur has been captured in film and held up to the world as an iconic Western setting.

And yet, now federally managed as public land, the 100,000-acre Caja del Rio has been often overlooked and at times abused in its recent past and present by locals who live on its doorstep.

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