Trails, old and new, abound in Edgewood

Edgewood is fast becoming an impressive town of trails. To celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, the town is inviting residents and visitors to Hike-Bike-Ride the Greenside at its first Edgewood Trails Day June 10. Organized daytime activities will include community trail ride for horses, dog walk, picnic, bike safety program, plus an outdoor family movie at night.

Numerous public open spaces and a growing trail system beckon those who appreciate outdoor activities and the equestrian lifestyle, so it’s not unusual to see riders on horseback or hikers with their dogs around Edgewood. This is one way residents not only enjoy, but retain the rural character of the community.

The health benefits of trail use are plentiful, but keep in mind your ability level and local altitude of 6,500 feet above sea level. Staying hydrated, protecting skin from the sun’s intensity, and adequately preparing for weather conditions are musts in this environment. For safety and enjoyment, it is recommended that trail users stay on established roads and trails, do not cross private property, and be respectful of the varied wildlife and their habitats throughout this area.

Hard Surface Trails – The town’s two main thoroughfares (Historic Route 66 and N.M. 344) are each lined with hard surface trails on one side, and natural surface trails on the other. Also, a 1-mile stretch adjacent to Horton Road (between Dinkle and Venus Roads), is Horton Trail, which runs along the western edge of Section 16. These trails are suitable for walking and biking.

Natural Trails – Found throughout the community, natural trails are in abundance. Most have been created over time, by regular local use. The gentle terrain of Sections 34 and 16 provide easy access and natural surface trails for hiking, biking and riding (horse or mountain bike) and feature comfortable to moderate terrain for encounters with nature and spectacular views. Section 32 has long been in use, but trails here can be more challenging with elevation changes and trail markers not in place just yet.

Section 16 – Natural surface perimeter trails on three sides (N.M. 344, Dinkle Road, Venus Road) and a hard surface trail on the western section line (Horton Road). Several informal trails meander through the section and along Bachelor Draw arroyo. A parking lot, playground, soccer field, developing BMX track, and covered picnic pavilion make this a community hub. Porta-potties and trash cans are adjacent to the parking lot.

Section 34 – Natural surface trails and a parking lot just off Edgewood 7 make access to this 5K loop trail easy. The trail head and parking are on the east side of Edgewood 7, approximately 1.5 miles south of Route 66. Stay on the established trail and do not traverse adjacent private property surrounding. Please be sure to pack out what you take in to maintain this beautiful environment for everyone.

Section 32 – Long used by local hikers, horse and mountain bike riders, the trails here are more aggressive, with rises in elevation. Trails are in the process of being mapped and marked, so it can be difficult to follow at present, if unfamiliar with the area.

Equestrian Facilities – West of N.M. 344 on the North Frontage Road (just west of Wildlife West Nature Park). The large parking area, riding arena, water and rest area, and short looping trail are easy to access. Horse owners are welcome to use this rest stop and enjoy the facilities. Open morning to dusk (no overnight at present).

The Town of Edgewood is working to preserve public open space and encourage its use. Volunteer help is regularly needed for trail maintenance, mapping, marking, and clean-ups. To get involved, contact Edgewood Parks & Recreation department at 505-286-4518.