Happy Trails

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

By Bent Bonwell

We have amazing trails.

The Galisteo Basin has the largest public trail system situated on private land in New Mexico—and maybe the entire southwest.


I’m a founding member of the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society mountain bike club, which develops and improves biking trails and access in the region. But we’re about more than bikers: we’ve worked hard to meet the needs of hikers, bikers, equestrians, and ultra runners. We work with Gretchen Grogan, Project Coordinator for Commonweal Conservancy, to make sure we consider the needs of all of these constituents.


So far, we’ve helped design and build the trails south and west of the Cowboy Shack, over twelve miles total. That includes helping with laying out, clearing trees, roughing in, grading, and finishing the trails.

But we’re not done! Besides upkeep on the current trails, the club is looking forward to working with Commonweal to create an additional twenty miles of trail that will connect the current system to Santa Fe County’s Thornton Ranch Open Space.

Bent Bonwell is a cyclist, trail volunteer, and founding member of the Fat Tyre Society.


This excerpt is from The Galisteo Basin, a coffee table book edited by Galistean John Miller, available as a gift with a $75 donation to La Sala.



The Cowboy Shack located in the Galisteo Basin Preserve

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