El Camino Real Trail

Project Description

The El Camino Real Buckman Road Project involved the development of a trail retracing a portion of the congressionally-designated route of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic trail along Old Buckman Road (County Road 77) and the creation of a multi-use trail along County Road 62 and Caja del Rio Road. This project linked the oldest segment of El Camino Real to the Santa Fe River Greenway Trail – a segment of the El Camino Real National Historic Trail which is currently being developed and continues along the Santa Fe River to the historic Santa Fe Plaza.


The purpose of the project is to improve federal lands access by enhancing trail connectivity between land uses in the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County and recreational opportunities on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands. The intent is to enhance the safety of non-motorized users accessing these federal lands for recreational use, and to develop a trail retracing a portion of the congressionally designated route of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail along Buckman Road.


Caja del Rio Road (via County Road 62) is a primary access point for federal lands on the Caja del Rio Plateau, west of Santa Fe. There is currently no safe option for pedestrian or equestrian travel through this corridor, which experiences heavy use by trucks hauling refuse to the Buckman Transfer Station and Caja del Rio Landfill. A shared-use side-path along Caja del Rio Road would provide a safe transportation alternative and recreation opportunity for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.

County Road 77 is the only access point for the Buckman Direct Diversion Facility, which provides public water supply from the Rio Grande to serve Santa Fe County and City of Santa Fe. Also, County Road 77 is also the only access point to Bureau of Land Management’s Diablo Canyon Trailhead, which is used by over 6,000 hikers and rock climbers annually.

Non-motorized use of both County Road 62 and County Road 77 to access adjacent federal lands is common; however, the safety and quality of these recreational uses would be vastly improved by the proposed action because it would resolve the conflict between industrial and recreational use of the roadways.

Key Project Dates

Advertise: Summer 2017
Construction: Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Environmental Documents

Project Photos

Natural surface trail location

Natural surface trail location.

Paved surface trail location

Paved surface trail location.

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Project Details
Project # NM FLAP TRAIL 77000(1)
Project Name El Camino Real Trail
Location Santa Fe County
FLMA Santa Fe National Forest
Status Completed

Contact Information

Project Manager: Brent Nagen
Phone: 720-963-3411
Email: Brent.Nagen@dot.gov

Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228