The latest wolf casualty added to a growing number of declining wolves in New Mexico. In addition to the 11 wolves shot by government agents since 2003, 20 have died due to accidents in the agency’s recapture program, said CBD.
While this area doesn’t contain the deepest part of the Rio Grande River Gorge, easy access and the relative solitude found here make the Cebolla Mesa trail a rewarding experience.
Extreme off-road vehicle use, CBD argued, would have damaged the canyon’s waterfalls, trees that provide habitat for desert bighorn sheep, endangered birds and rare species.
The purchase creates a 10-mile open space corridor from the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the ocean 15 miles south of Carmel.
Tracing the route back to the campground, it occurred to me that while the stunning dunes are the marquee attraction here, it is up the lonely trails into the preserve that other, forgotten treasures may be found.