Miranda Canyon

MIranda Canyon, New MexicoPhoto credit: TPL Archive

Ten miles south of Taos and directly adjacent to the popular Carson National Forest, sits the 5,087-acre Miranda Canyon property. Proximity to the forest's recreation trails and other attractions has made Miranda Canyon a target for real estate developers. Recent attempts to subdivide the property into 150 lots were unsuccessful. However, with the threat continuing, The Trust for Public Land was able to negotiate a deal which has to-date resulted in nearly three quarters of the property being added to Carson National Forest.

Rich with ecological resources, from low elevation sagebrush and pinon juniper to high elevation large aspen stands, the landscape provides excellent habitat for wildlife. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail, a pack mule route to coastal California, runs through the property, which also boasts a small volcano and 1.7 billion year old rock outcroppings.

We now have the chance to protect the remainder of Miranda Canyon and are seeking federal support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help ensure that all of the area's scenic, recreation, historic, wildlife habitat, and natural resources will be protected forever.

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