Talpa Foothills Working Group

Two hikers stand on a trail looking over the Town of Taos
Hikers look out over the Town of Taos from the Ojitos Trail (#166), which is within the Talpa Foothills area. Forest Service photo by Zach Behrens.

During the first half of 2023, a third-party facilitator working for the Carson National Forest convened a working group of stakeholders with diverse interests and backgrounds to collaborate on proposals for a multiple-use trail system in the Talpa Foothills area to the east of Taos, NM. The working group completed their work and delivered their final proposals to the Carson National Forest in June of 2023. Working group products will be considered in the development of any future official government proposal under the National Environmental Policy Act process, which includes more opportunities for public engagement.

  • Final Proposals Submitted to the Forest Service for Consideration

    Topographical map of Talpa Foothills area

    Review the five proposals that were recommended to the Carson National Forest. Also view the five initial proposals that were presented by members of the working group at three public feedback meetings, and the four revised proposals that were developed by members of the working group based on public feedback meetings.

  • Working Group

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    Meetings, members, and how the group process works.

  • Meeting Materials

    A graphic map that shows the Town of Taos and the Forest.

    View meeting materials, summaries and working group member proposals.

  • About and Q&As

    photo of hikers walking on path towards mountains

    More about the group and answers to the most frequent questions.

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For More Information

The Carson National Forest has not made a decision regarding management of the National Forest System lands in the Talpa Foothills and has not developed any formal proposal. We are not soliciting feedback or formal comments at this time. For more information about the working group process or next steps please contact:

Camino Real Ranger District
(575) 587-2255

15160 State Road 75
Mail to: P.O. Box 68
Penasco, NM 87553