Ortiz Mountain Educational Preserve

After 8 years of actively managing educational programs and scheduling hikes at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve (a Santa Fe County open space property), Santa Fe Botanical Garden has recently decided to transfer management of the preserve to Santa Fe County. Santa Fe County Open Space and Trails program staff are working on a transition plan, and there are no hikes currently scheduled for the preserve . This webpage will be updated as hikes are planned. If you have any questions or comments please contact Maria Lohmann at melohmann@santafecountynm.gov, or 505-995-2774.

Adopt an Open Space Property

Help assess, report and maintain Santa Fe County Open Spaces and Trails. Provide an
example of the impact of community involvement on public lands and to illustrate the importance and need of volunteer
efforts across Santa Fe County. Get Involved and help create awareness within our community. Adopt a property and
become a Steward!

Who Can Adopt an Open Space?
Individuals, private businesses, schools, community groups, churches and non-profit organizations can participate!

How to Adopt!
Contact Carol Branch at 505-992-3053 or

Adopt An Open Space Information Packet »

List of Adoptable Open Space Properties »

Open Space, Trails, and Parks Program

The vision of the Open Space and Trails Program is “to create a network of cultural, historical, recreational and natural open spaces and trails” in Santa Fe County (Santa Fe County Open Land and Trails Plan, 2000). The Open Space and Trails Program aims to develop open space and trails management based on integration with existing regulations and requirements as well as cooperative efforts between private, non-profit and government agencies. In total the program manages 6,610 acres of open lands, 155 acres of parks, and 34 miles of trails, and encompasses planning, capital improvements, maintenance, and volunteer opportunities towards the management of these properties for the use and enjoyment of Santa Fe County residents and visitors.


(Photo by Jonathan Tercero)

Contact Us

Terry Lease
Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Manager
Public Works Department
(505) 992-3038 or tjlease@santafecountynm.gov

Colleen Baker
Capital Projects Manager
Public Works Department
(505) 992-9868, cbaker@santafecountynm.gov

Carol Branch
Volunteer Coordinator
Community Services Department
(505) 992-3053, or cbranch@santafecountynm.gov

Maria Lohmann
Community Planner
Growth Management Department
(505) 995-2774, melohmann@santafecountynm.gov

Scott Kaseman
Santa Fe River Project Manager
Public Works Department
(505) 992-9887, skaseman@santafecountynm.gov