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The Southern Source:  Newsletter for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in NM
What's New in New Mexico? A Newsletter!
You asked for it - so we delivered. The Southern Source is a new e-newsletter focused on the New Mexican portion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Get detailed news and updates for your favorite section of the trail down south.   
We hope this will be a better way of keeping you informed of everything happening on the CDT in the Land of Enchantment. A lot of changes and re-routes have been taking place in our state and more new trail continues to be constructed each season. Volunteers and Youth Corp Crews have been staying busy filling in the gaps to complete the Trail.
2009 was a great year for the CDT in NM and 2010 looks even better. Thanks and praises to all of the Volunteers, Camp Chefs, Trail Adopters, Youth Corp Members, Crew Leaders, Trail Angels, and Partners for all of the hard work and support for the Trail. 
 A PEAK INTO 2010: Projects Posted Soon!

Aspen Mt Gila NF NMBeginning in 2010, and taking several seasons to complete, four major trail construction projects are expected to add approximately 100 miles. The areas include the Burro Mountains in the southern Gila National Forest, the Mangas Mountains in the northern Gila National Forest, the Village of Cuba, and the Carson National Forest. This new construction should bring the total number of completed miles to about 690 (88%) leaving only 100 more miles to go!
Be sure to check back in February for the new 2010 Volunteer Guide. Reserve your chance to help build the Kings of Trails early.

Accomplishments & Highlights 2009

In 2009, 17.8 miles of new trail was added to the CDT in NM bringing the total number of completed miles to about 590 or 75%. As the CDT continues to find its most optimal location, reroutes and new trail construction have changed the most recent estimate for the total number of miles when completed. The number has increased by an additional 20 miles, bringing the new total to 790 miles. This leaves only about 200 miles still to be completed. Some major accomplishments during this last year include the final completion of the route through the Coyote Ranger District in the Santa Fe National Forest; a 60-mile section that goes through two Wilderness areas. Our Youth Corp Crew completed the last few remaining miles of a new 20-mile route near Mt. Taylor in the Cibola National Forest. A record number of 10 volunteer projects were offered in New Mexico with over 100 volunteers participating.

  Thanks to everyone for helping us achieve these goals!
  • 10 Volunteer Projects in NM totaling over 3000 hours labor
  • 2 Youth Corp Crews present to 100+ individuals & students
  • Completed CDT through the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Completed CDT through the Mt Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest
  • Optimal trail routing continues to remove CDT from roads in the Gila & Carson National Forest
  • Established a proposed route for the CDT south of Pie Town
  • 6 new Trail Adopters signed up to monitor the CDT
  • 2 new Trail Angels volunteer to assist thru-hikers in NM
  • Opening Celebration for the new Southernmost Trailhead
  • CDT Mapping Project begins in NM
  • New NM Field Program Coordinator, Jon Pierson, hired
Southern Ribbon Cutting

 Bob Woods, NM Regional Rep for CDTA, and CDT Supporters celebrate the official opening of the southernmost section of the Trail.
Southern Terminus Celebration

A Grand Opening Ceremony was held near the community of Hachita in November, 2009 to celebrate the 99 miles of new trail and the new Trailhead at the US/Mexico border. Volunteers and BLM staff constructed a shade shelter, picnic table, information kiosk, and registration box at the Trails southernmost point. Youth Corps crews worked with BLM staff to install trail markers, water cache boxes, and several new kiosks along the route. The entire section is built to class 1 trail standards, which means no tread. The Trail is marked with wooden posts, rock cairns, and CDT signs. With the exception of some planning still needed to find the Trail's optimal location as it travels through the town of Lordsburg, the southernmost section of the CDT is now complete.
Pictures from the event are available at:
For each Southern Source Newsletter issue, we will highlight some great supporters of the CDNST. This time, please meet Sam Hughes -- Trail Angel Extraordinaire!

 2007 t-shirt
Sam Hughes has been serving the CDT Trail Community as a "Trail Angel" for the past nine years.  He has helped countless CDT hikers by providing shuttles to and from the El Paso Airport and the Lordsburg and Deming bus stations.  Sam also takes hikers to and from the remote southern terminus trailhead, a 5-6 hour - 60 mile round trip on a very rough 4WD road.  Additionally, Sam provides camping in his yard and care packages to be sent to his address in Hachita, NM.  Due to the remoteness of the southern terminus and lack of services in the area, Sam's dedication and commitment to the trail has been an invaluable resource.  Thank you Sam for everything you do for the Trail! 
For more information on services Sam offers to both hikers and bikers, you can contact him at (575) 436-2662.
New CDT Maps, Data Book & Guide
Being Produced in NM 

A landmark initiative is under way to capture highly accurate center-line and trail services data on the CDT. Over the course of this three year project, we will capture an accurate "center-line" for the Trail that will be used for detailed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications and the creation of public information materials.
During the 2010 field season, we hope to complete all of the data collecting in New Mexico. We anticipate publication of a new data book and map guide to be ready for the 2011 season. A CDT Companion guide will detail the services available along the trail route, access points, and other pertinent hiking information, and will be produced as each state is completed.
A Peak into 2010
2009 Accomplishments
Southern Terminus Celebration Summary
CDT Community Corner
Upcoming Maps, Data Book and Guide


 CDTA - New Mexico
Bob Woods
NM Regional Rep
Jon Pierson
NM Field Coordinator
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Trail Section Spotlight

Animas mtns
Coyote Hills
 NM Bootheel
13 miles (round-trip)
Intermediate (map/compass skills required)
Trail Type:
Class 1 - no tread, line of sight rock cairns & posts
Trail Description:
 Rolling hills and sweeping views across broad valleys are the highlights along this scenic section in New Mexico's Bootheel. Canyon walls begin to close in on as you continue north towards Coyote Peak.  A new Trailhead kiosk at the crossing of Hwy 9, just east of Hachita has information about the Trail.

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Hiking the CDT can be remote and dangerous if you are not properly prepared. Here are a few tips and websites that may help in your planning.
Leave No Trace
  Suggested Gear List
Land Manager Contacts
30 Trips on the CDT
Tips for Family Hikes
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