The images were disheartening: acres of charred trees and scorched earth, trails buried by rockslides and piles of debris. The work entailed in restoring trails damaged by the Las Conchas fire and subsequent flooding is monumental.
At a Wednesday meeting, Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin and Bandelier National Monument Trails Program Manager Dale Coker detailed the current state of area trails and discussed plans for restoring them.
Despite some extremely damaged areas, county and national forest trails came through the crisis fairly well. All county system trails are open, although many within the Santa Fe National Forest are closed or only partially open.