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Commission adopts master plan for Rio Grande Trail

January 1, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A master plan that charts out the next steps for developing a 500-mile trail along the Rio Grande from one end of New Mexico to the other has been adopted.

State officials announced Monday that the Rio Grande Trail Commission signed off on the plan.

Aside from identifying partnerships to make the trail a reality, the document summarizes existing and proposed trail alignments.

The plan has been in the works for the past two years and is the result of community meetings and comments from state agencies, municipalities that stand to benefit from increased visitation and outdoor advocacy groups.

With its diverse scenery, supporters say the Rio Grande Trail has the potential to make the list of the country’s more famous long-distance routes, such as the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.

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