The Ojo Trails

The trails of the Ojo are an integral part of visitor interaction with the land. Especially in the Bosque, where stands of Russian olive trees make it nearly impossible to move around. The clearing phase of this tree has moved into the area of mostly selective cutting rather than blanket removal. Trails allow easier access to stands of trees that are to be cleared and aid in the removal of wood, in addition to helping the casual walker to experience these parts of the Bosque. In July of 2014, extensive flooding of the Bosque occurred and some trails sections were washed out. This has caused us to consider how and where we build Bosque trails in the future.

Most trails, especially newer ones undergo regular variations. A section may be rerouted, rebuilt, or even abandoned. On the Ojo, the first trails were built so that one could move more freely about the property, especially to areas that had special interest, and emphasis was less about placement than about function. As the land overall has become easier to move through both physically and visually, the thinking about trails has shifted to take this into consideration.

Trails serve multiple functions. They allow easy movement through the landscape, but they can also allow the trail builder to shape and shift the trail walker's experience. Benches can add greatly to a walking experience as can constructed stairs or boardwalks. The walking surface itself has a lot to do with how people experience the trail. The Ojo trails are often being reconfigured to take these elements into account. The Shadow Mountain Trail, seen below, is a unique opportunity to see The Ojo in a larger context, within the valley and the mountains that define it. Click Hike Shadow Mountain if you want to find out how you can walk this amazing trail!

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