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New Mexico State Land Office Signs Special Use Permit With Continental Divide Trail Coalition

on April 4, 2019 - 12:01pm
Continental Divide Trail Coalition Executive Director Teresa Martinez, left, with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has signed Special Use Permit No. 2019-001 giving the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) the ability to issue permits to Trail hikers and horseback riders that will allow them to lawfully access the portions of the Trail that are on State Trust Lands.
The Continental Divide Trail spans over 3,000 miles in North America, with 820 miles of trail in New Mexico. The boot heel near Lordsburg serves as the southern terminus of this National Scenic Trail, which draws thousands of recreationists each year to experience its rugged beauty.
The CDTC is a non-profit with over 1,500 active members. Their mission is to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide Trail, which includes providing resources and information for those looking to access the CDT.
“This special use permit is going to streamline the process for recreationists from around the world who travel to explore and experience New Mexico’s beautiful lands spanning the Continental Divide Trail,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “We have some of the most beautiful views in the Country – from the Burro Mountains in the Gila National Forest, El Malpais National Monument near Zuni and Acoma, to Chama River Canyon in the Santa Fe National Forest – New Mexico landscapes are unmatched. We want to encourage as many people as possible to experience them.”
“We are so appreciative that Commissioner Garcia Richard and the State Land Office have been willing to work with us on permitting hikers and horseback riders to easily access the Continental Divide Trail where it traverses State Trust Lands,” CDTC Executive Director Teresa Martinez said. “This unprecedented partnership is a model for our work in other states and affirms the value of the CDT as a resource for the state of New Mexico.”
Recreational permits to access state trust land are currently only available in person from the State Land Office. Permits last one year and cost $35. CDTC will have permitting access until March 28, 2020, at which time the State Land Office and CDTC will have the option to renew permitting access.
CDTC estimates that more than 400 people will travel to Southern New Mexico this spring to attempt to thru-hike the entire CDT, while many more will enjoy the trail for a weekend or just an afternoon.
For more information on the CDT in New Mexico, visit
Click the following link to access the permit on the CDTC website.