Over the past 15 years, Commonweal Conservancy has constructed the largest publicly-accessible, privately-owned trail network in the American Southwest. The GBP trails gracefully traverse the savannah grasslands, sandstone ridge lines and arroyos of an iconic landscape in northern New Mexico. With support from donors to the $1.4M Stewardship. Campaign, an additional 22 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails are planned for development during the next four years.
The trails of the GBP are celebrated by residents and visitors as a place of refuge and inspiration. The broad extent and diversity of the GBP trails invite day-long excursions and short-form wandering. It’s a place for people and wildlife. A place for well-behaved dogs and respectful equestrians and cyclists.
Become a Friend of the Preserve!
You can help Commonweal Conservancy care for the publicly accessible trails and open space within the Galisteo Basin Preserve by becoming a Friend of the Preserve. Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Preserve community stewardship program.
Updated Trails Map
Commonweal is very pleased to announce that it updated the GBP trails map in December of 2018 with a new trail name — Weller’s Wiggle — and a new overlook spot — Cat’s Pause.
The trails map is available in two formats:
A STANDARD PDF that be can printed as an 8.5” x 11” hard-copy map. Click here to download the PDF >
AN INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC VERSION that can be downloaded to your smart phone!
The interactive map allows you to see your location and track your progress while hiking, biking and riding the GBP trails. Commonweal has developed the interactive map to enhance your enjoyment of the trails and improve your ability to safely navigate the network.
To access a copy of the interactive map, download the free Avenza PDF Maps app to your smart phone. The first time you open the app you will be on the Getting Started page. Tap the left arrow at the top of the screen to get to the maps page, then tap the + sign to add the GBP map and type in this ULR for the map: http://www.ctmap.com/GBPtrails2019.pdf
It will take a minute or two for the map to load to your phone since it is a large file, but once its loaded it will be there on the maps page every time you open the app. You do not need a cell connection to use the map at the GBP, since the map is tied to the GPS unit in your smart phone. When you are out on the trails, you will see that a blue dot tracks your location as you are riding or hiking.
Things To Know Before You Go
We hope you enjoy the Galisteo Basin Preserve public trails. Please remember they are part of a fragile landscape: Stay on marked trails and roads, park only in designated areas, and carry out everything you carry in (plus dog poop).
When you explore the trails, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks—and be careful out there. Cell phone service is intermittent at the Galisteo Basin Preserve.