San Pedro Parks Wilderness began as a primitive area, established by the Chief of the Forest Service in 1931. In 1941 the Secretary of Agriculture classified it as a Wild Area and set its acreage at 41,132 acres. It became the San Pedro Parks Wilderness as part of the original Wilderness Act in July 1964.
Although the elevation averages 10,000 feet above sea level, San Pedro Parks Wilderness is known for high, rolling mountaintops with numerous meadows and large grassy "parks." Dense stands of Engelmann spruce and mixed conifers compete for space with small stands of aspen. San Gregorio Reservoir, a small irrigation reservoir predating the establishment of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, is the largest proximal body of water. Clear streams wander through the forest and are usually abundant with trout. Be prepared for frequent afternoon rainfall in July and August. This rainfall enables the meadows to flourish with bluegrass, oat grass, sedge, rush, and Rocky Mountain iris. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail crosses through the Wilderness from Cuba, NM to the Carson National Forest. Its route follows along Los Pinos, Vacas, Penas Negras and Rio Capulin trails.
Our service project will focus on restoring the wilderness character along the San Gregario Trail. We'll backpack in 4 miles, set up basecamp, and spend the week removing old treated wood posts along the trail. In addition to this objective, we'll also do some minor trail maintenance and clean water bars to help reduce trail erosion. On the free day you can explore the area, fish, watch the wildlife or just relax in this beautiful National Forest. This project is pack supported (horses will pack in our food/cooking equipment and tools).
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Check out more photos from our last Santa Fe National Forest project in our gallery.
Jul 12th - Jul 18th 2020
Removing posts, trail maintenance
Explore the area, fishing, photography, relaxing.
Backpack camping with pack support
Strenuous : 4-mile backpack, ~900' elevation gain, bending, sawing, moving rock, digging, lifting.