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NMVFO plans 25-30 volunteer work projects each year. Click here for an overview of the 2014 season, then check back often for additional information posted as it becomes available. To receive updates and detailed information about upcoming projects and events, be sure to sign up for the NMVFO newsletter on the Home page. Public land agencies that are interested in proposing a joint project should contact for more information and our easy-to-complete proposal form.  


If you're new to NMVFO, be sure to visit our FAQ page to learn more about what to expect on a project. Project leaders are always happy to answer your questions about specific projects. Have a non-project related question? Send us a message from our Contact page. Pets are not allowed on any NMVFO projects. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or other legal guardian.

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Join us in the Carson National Forest for 1 to 2.5 days for trail maintenance on the Centennial Trail: tread work, lopping, brushing, signage, deadfall clearing, cairn building. We will be working under tall Ponderosa Pine and camping beside the beautiful Rio de Las Trampas. Click here to see photos of the area. This project is limited to 12 volunteers and as of 9/4/14 we have room for 2 more volunteers. Please contact Colb o Deborah ASAP if you can join us on the Centennial Trail. The sign-up deadline is Monday, September 8.


Directions. From Hwy 285 at the Nambe exit for NM State Hwy 76 it is 27 miles to the Village of Trampas. From the Catholic Church it will be 1.1 miles to El Valle Road. Turn right on El Valle Road and follow for about 6.5 miles. The road will dead end at the Trampas Trailhead where we will be camped.

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Enjoy a weekend in the Historic Datil Mountains and visit the Very Large Array. Datil Well was one of 15 former water wells spaced every ten miles along the historic Magdalena Livestock Driveway that once stretched 120 miles from Springerville, AZ to Magdalena, NM. We will camp Friday and Saturday nights at the Group Shelter site which has fresh well water, vault toilets, shady tent sites and plenty of room for parking to include RVs. There is a motel in nearby Datil for those who do not wish to camp.


Enjoy beautiful overlooks of the San Augustin Plains from the trails as we take on three sections of the Datil Well Loop—the sections (all within the same general area) have been prioritized to facilitate completion of some or all depending upon group size, weather, or other difficulties. Priority #1 is ~800 foot reroute of a badly eroded fall line section. Priority #2 will be fixing drainage along the east section leading up to the choke point just prior to the reroute. There really is no way of re-routing this section, so I figured the best option is to just do a better job at managing the drainage. Priority #3 is another ~500 foot re-route just above the other reroute section. The existing section is a little steep and heavily rutted. The re-route section follows the contour better and has more shade. The hike to the furthest point of the work area from the campground is slightly more than a half mile (0.6 miles).


NMVFO will provide breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night. Bring water bottles/packs, daypack, lunches and snacks, and a camp chair is a good idea long-sleeved shirts, long pants, work gloves, work boots, sun protection, raingear (just in case),. Carpooling is encouraged. Please sign up for this project by Tuesday, September 23rd so that our meal coordinator (Micky Hogue) can match provisions to participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to support restricted diets.


Datil is 61 miles west of Socorro on US Hwy 60. The campground is ¼ mile south of Datil on Hwy 12. The green NMVFO signs will be deployed early Friday afternoon at both entrances to the campground area.


If this is your first NMVFO camping project, you can find more information about what to expect at or email or call me (Chris), the project leader,, (505) 504-3768.


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Help restore and protect New Mexicos first urban national wildlife refuge on the 570-acre former Price's Dairy, the largest undeveloped property in Albuquerque. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.

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There are lots of Dog Canyons in New Mexico and the Southwest, but this one really barks and growls. Beginning south of Alamogordo at Oliver Lee State Park, the trail leaves the lowland Chihuahuan Desert and climbs over 3,000 feet to Joplin Ridge on the Sacramento Escarpment in the national forest. Needless to say, the views are spectacular and in mid-October the weather is the best of the year in southern New Mexico with pleasant days and cool evenings. Fortunately for our legs and lungs, we will be working on the lower section to improve tread and drainage. The trail is exposed and rocky so you will need to bring all of the usual protection, especially sturdy boots and plenty of sun protection.


Thanks to the state park staff we will be staying the Group Site of Oliver Lee. Another plus is that Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and Saturday dinner will be provided by the NMVFO and its 2013 Cook of the Year, Gary Holcomb. Who could ask for more?


DIRECTIONS. To get to Oliver Lee from the north you can take I-40 east and exit onto Hwy 285 at Clines Corner (those coming from north of Albuquerque can take 285 from Espanola and Sana Fe). Continue south on 285 and, to save time and mileage, turn south at Encino onto state Hwy 3 and travel 15 miles to Duran which is the junction of Hwy 54. Turn right on 54 and drive south through Corona, Carrizozo and Tularosa to Alamogordo. Asyou enter Alamogordo you can take the bypass around town an then link up again with 54 at the south end of town. From there drive 8 or 9 miles and turn left at the sign to Oliver Lee State Park. If you see the Border Patrol inspection station on your left, you've gone too far. The park is 4 miles east from Hwy 54. Look for our green NMVFO signs.


You have another choice, especially if you are hungry and want a green chile cheeseburger. Take I-25 south to San Antonio and the Hwy 380 exit. Drive east for about 65 miles to Carrizozo. There turn south or right onto Hwy 54 and follow te previous directions. Those coming from the west can take Hwy 70 from Las Cruces to Alamgordo.


To sign up fo the project or to get more information, contact project leader Jim Scanlon at or (55) 385-0517. The sign-up deadlin is Monday, October 13.

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Join us for our annual maintenance of NMVFO's Adopt-A-Trail in the Sandia Wilderness. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.

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