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Organ Mountains trail added to national system

Monday - 6/3/2013, 11:18am  ET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trail near Las Cruces has been added to the National Trails System.

Interior Secretary Jewel Hall announced that the Sierra Vista Trail in the Organ Mountains and 27 others trails around the country have been added to the system.

Built by the Bureau of Land Management, local mountain biking and running groups and other volunteers, the 29-mile trail runs the length of the west side of the mountains.

National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Communities and other partners supporting the trails receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Jewell, and a set of national recreation trail markers.


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