Spotlight: Hike-Bike-Ride the Greenside
Edgewood is a town of trails, that’s why they invite you to Hike-Bike-Ride the Greenside. Numerous public open spaces and a growing trail system beckon those who appreciate the outdoors. The community embraces outdoor activities and the equestrian lifestyle, so it’s not unusual to see riders on horseback about town or find hitching posts at local businesses. Edgewood retains its rural character in many ways, including dirt roads and wide-open spaces. But, be advised that what may appear to be open spaces are largely privately-owned lands. For your safety and enjoyment, stay on established roads, do not cross private property, and be respectful of the wildlife and their habitats throughout this area. When outdoors or using trails, keep in mind your ability level and our altitude of 6,600 feet above sea level. It is advisable to stay hydrated, protect your skin from the sun’s intensity, and adequately prepare for weather conditions. Hard Surface Trails – The town’s two main thoroughfares (Historic Route 66 and NM 344) are lined with hard surface trails on one side, natural on the other. There is an additional hard-surface trail along a newly paved, one-mile stretch of Horton Rd. (between Dinkle and Venus Roads), Horton is the western edge of Section 16. Natural Surface Trails — The gentle terrain of Sections 34 and 16 provide easy access and natural surface trails for hiking, biking and riding (horse or mountain bike). Sections 34 and 16, provide comfortable to moderate terrain for encounters with nature and spectacular views. Section 32 has long been in use, but trails here can be more difficult to follow, and are still in the process of being marked. Section 16 has perimeter trails on 3 sides (natural surface) and a hard surface trail on the western edge of the section running along Horton Rd. Within the boundaries of Section 16 (NM 344, Dinkle Rd on the south, and Venus Rd. on the north, and Horton to the west) there are several informal trails that meander through the section. You will also find near the parking lot a playground, soccer field, developing BMX track and covered picnic pavilion. Porta-potties and trash cans are located adjacent to the parking lot. Section 34 has a 5K loop trail the starts and ends at a parking area off Edgewood 7 (the southern continuation of NM 344), go approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Route 66 and the parking area is on your left. Stay on the established trails and do not traverse private property surrounding the trails. Please be sure to pack out what you take in to maintain this beautiful environment for everyone. Section 32 has long been in use by local hikers and riders, but the trails here are less developed and in the process of being mapped and marked. Equestrian Facilities available to travelers and locals can be found west of NM 344 on the North Frontage Rd. (just west of Wildlife West Nature Park). Here you will find a large parking area, riding arena, water and rest area, and a short looping trail. Horse owners are welcome to use this rest stop and enjoy the facilities. Please be respectful of other visitors and help us maintain this beautiful facility. Open morning to dusk (no overnight at present). Additional information is available for Edgewood Trails and Open Space. Go here for Recreation and Outdoors info.