On Saturday, November 5th, members of the coalition to protect the Caja del Rio are hosting a guided hiking tour and community-wide clean-up in the Caja in Santa Fe County. 

Community members are invited to attend the moderate and interactive hike of the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site as the coalition shares the history of this sacred land and explores the history of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and the iconic Route 66. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the Caja del Rio and will be followed by a community-wide clean-up where members of the community can come together to appreciate the beauty of New Mexico landscapes.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
Hiking Tour of the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site: 8:45am
Public Clean-Up: 11:30am-2:30pm
(Meet at the La Cieneguilla petroglyphs parking lot off Hwy 56)
674 Paseo Real, Santa Fe, NM 87507

No RSVP necessary – volunteers are asked to bring their own sunscreen/water for the hike and some work gloves for the clean-up. 

Spanning more than 100,000 acres, the Caja del Rio is one of the most ecologically rich and culturally significant landscapes in the United States. The sweeping landscapes and ancient petroglyphs tell the story of the interconnectedness of the people who have lived and worked on this land for centuries. Unfortunately, the Caja faces numerous threats ranging from climate change and wildfire, to illegal dumping, shooting, petroglyph defacement, and energy transmission. A broad coalition of Indigenous and community leaders are advocating for protections for these cherished public lands. As part of their stewardship of the lands, members of the community will be cleaning up the Caja where there has been illegal dumping and shooting.

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