New Mexico

Valle de Oro, New MexicoPhoto credit: Don J. Usner

Residents of New Mexico exult in exploring its deserts and canyons, running its rivers, and scaling its peaks. We also appreciate close-to-home parks and trails that connect us to nature and the places we love. The Trust for Public Land works throughout New Mexico to create parks and conserve land where all Southwesterners can experience nature. We’ve helped to build local, national, and state parks and recreation areas, establish trails, and conserve Southwestern cultural landscapes, farms, and forests.

Local offices

607 Cerrillos Road, Suite F-1 | Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505
Phone: (505) 988-5922 | Email Address: [email protected]

New Mexico projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Bear Creek in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico

At more than 3.3 million acres, the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico is the sixth largest national forest in the Lower 48. It’s also an important habitat in arid New Mexico, providing a healthy watershed home to many of the state’s native plants and animals.

Broad Canyon Ranch, New Mexico. Photo: Don J. Usner

Protection of 783 acres at Broad Canyon Ranch in Selden Canyon, a threatened 11-mile stretch of the lower Río Grande, offers eager birders and others access to a restored Swan Pond plus a mile of riverside woodlands of revitalized cottonwood and willow.

Cañon Ciruela Ranch

In fall 2020, visitors will benefit from improved access to the Sabinoso Wilderness—which has a history of very limited access due to surrounding private property. The Trust for Public Land purchased 8,947 acres and will donate it to the Bureau of Land Management, resulting in a nearly fifty percent increase to the wilderness area. This dramatic geological region features deep sandstone canyons, dotted with riparian areas, surrounded by grasslands on the western edge of the Great Plains.  

Double E Ranch, New Mexico

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect the Double E Ranch in southwest New Mexico, an outdoor playground for hikers and rock climbers and unparalleled wildlife habitat for bighorn sheep, black bear, Coues white-tailed deer, and many migratory birds.

Vallecito High Country Ranch, New Mexico

The scenic High Country Ranch offers dramatic views and richly diverse habitat. But at 11,655 acres, this property in the Rio Vallecitos watershed is at high risk of development.

Horse Springs Ranch, New Mexico. Photo: Robert Sivinski

This 16,000-acre working cattle ranch in western New Mexico is home to more than just cattle.

Mesilla Valley Bosque, New Mexico. Photo: Ken Stinnett

In 2005, TPL secured 150 acres of private land at the northern boundary of this 400-acre state park near the Río Grande that became the park's education center.

MIranda Canyon, New Mexico

In September 2015, The Trust for Public Land completed a five year effort to forever protect Miranda Canyon by adding it to the Carson National Forest, ensuring that all of the area's scenic, recreation, historic, wildlife habitat, and natural resources will be preserved and accessible.

New Mexico National Forests

Helping rural communities stay viable by protecting the local farms, ranches, and working forests.

Orilla Verde Access

Located at the end of a county road, south of Taos and along the Rio Pueblo de Taos, a tributary of the Rio Grande, lies 48.9 acres, which in 2020, we added to the Orilla Verde Recreation Management Areaand the adjacent Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The local terrain is comprised of rugged, wide open mesas and chiseled steep canyons—elevation along the river is 6,100 feet and rises 500 feet at the gorge rim. 

Petroglyph Hill, New Mexico. Photo: Jane Bernard

Only fifteen miles southeast of Santa Fe, Thornton Ranch embodies the
quintessential Western landscape: lofty mesas, blue-grama grassland,
and rolling hills dotted with piñon, juniper, and sage. The ranch's most
striking feature: Petroglyph Hill.


For generations, Native American and Hispanic people have used the scenic, mountainous land northwest of Taos for hunting, grazing, and the gathering of herbs, medicinal plants and firewood.


The Trust for Public Land is working to preserve vital stretches of the Rio Grande to safeguard fragile watershed, protect drinking water supplies, and revitalize river habitat for public enjoyment.

Water tower at Santa Fe Railyard Park and Plaza, Santa Fe, NM.

In 1995, TPL helped the city purchase a 50-acre railyard and worked with
neighborhood groups to reserve 12 acres as public parkland.  That was just the beginning

Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico. Photo: Don J. Usner

Each year, tens of thousands of visitors come to this historic
Santuario, or chapel, in the village of Chimayo 40 miles north of Santa

Sun Mountain, New Mexico. Photo: Don J. Usner

When 13 homes were slated to be built on 23 acres at the base of this
Santa Fe icon, residents from all over the county rallied together to
save this special place.

Tampico Springs, New Mexico. Photo: Michael Patrick

Working with the U.S. Forest Service, The Trust for Public helped protect 1,280-acres of the Tampico Springs Ranch in the Cibola National Forest.


The Taos Valley Overlook project was completed in April 2003, protecting a total of 2,581 acres of this scenic vista that helps make the Taos area a unique treasure for residents and visitors alike.

Tijeras Canyon, New Mexico

In late 2010, TPL protected 60 acres in Tijeras Canyon, adding the last piece of unprotected land to a six-mile stretch of public open space along the Sandia foothills

Trees of Corrales, New Mexico. Photo: Jane Bernard

The Koontz family has worked their tree farm near the Village of Corrales for more than 50 years.  For them, protecting the rural character of the picturesque Rio Grande valley is important to their livelihood and sense of place


For almost 30 years, local and national conservation groups have wanted to protect 14,000 acres at Ute Mountain, an extinct volcano in northern New Mexico. 

Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The new refuge, which is within a half hour drive of nearly half of New Mexico's population, is a place for people to connect with and learn about the natural world, and provides valuable wildlife and bird habitat