Lincoln National Forest Celebrates Trestle Project

Alamogordo, NM (May 18, 2012) –The Lincoln National Forest is celebrating the successful stabilization of the Mexican Canyon Trestle and construction of the Trestle Vista Overlook on Saturday, June 2, in conjunction with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.  It has rained in the mountains, trees are greening up, and it is time to get out and enjoy your National Forest.

Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Trestle Recreation Area on the west side of Cloudcroft, with Smokey Bear sharing his fire prevention message with kids of all ages.   A short Children’s Hike will leave from the Trestle Recreation Area at 10:00.  For those looking for a more strenuous experience, visit with guides who will be sharing information about the local history, vegetation, and wildlife along the Osha and Cloud-climbing Rail-Trails between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

For philatelists, or stamp collectors, we will have a special stamp cancellation from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Trestle Vista along Highway 82.  Justin Munoz of High Altitude outdoor store will lead a mountain bike ride down T-5002, the Old Cloudcroft Highway trail.  Please reserve a space on that ride by calling 719-433-6590 or 575-682-1229.  A shuttle will return you and your bike to the Trestle Recreation Area.  Participants in any of these activities will receive a one-dollar off coupon redeemable June 2 or 3 at the Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum.

Built in 1899 and currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mexican Canyon Trestle is the signature icon for the mountain village of Cloudcroft, NM, and an important symbol of the Sacramento Mountains’ rich railroad history.  Standing 59’ high and 323’ in length the site was abandoned in 1947.  The deterioration of the trestle compelled the Forest Service, the Village of Cloudcroft, New Mexico Rails-to-Trails Association, and interested individuals to explore options to stabilize the trestle and provide a safe, inviting overlook for people to enjoy, where they could learn about this historic treasure.  Community outreach resulted in a broad array of partners whose dedication laid the groundwork for the trestle restoration project to be one of the first projects in New Mexico to take advantage of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

For additional information on this event and the Lincoln National Forest, please contact the Supervisor’s Office at (575) 434-7200; the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office at (575) 257-4095; the Sacramento Ranger District Office at (575) 682-2551, or the Guadalupe Ranger District Office at (575) 885-4181, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  You can also find us at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LincolnUSForest.