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The Galisteo Basin Preserve open space is planned to include 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. These publicly accessible trails are intended to invite exploration and celebration of this landscape by Preserve residents and visitors alike.

You can help Commonweal Conservancy care for the publicly accessible trails and open space within the Galisteo Basin Preserve by becoming a Friend of the Preserve. Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Preserve community stewardship program.


Commonweal is very pleased to announce that an updated GBP trails map is now available! This latest map includes a new multi-use trail that extends for more than a mile. It branches off one of the preserve’s historic ranch roads at marker 54, meanders through a beautiful grassy meadow, climbs a ridgeline, and intersects Liam’s Lark and Leona’s Loop at markers 49 and 41 respectively.

The trails map is available in two formats:

  1. A STANDARD PDF that be can printed as an 8.5” x 11” hard-copy map. Click here to download the PDF >
  2. AN INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC VERSION that can be downloaded to your smart phone!
    The interactive map allows you to see your location and track your progress while hiking, biking and riding the GBP trails. Commonweal has developed the interactive map to enhance your enjoyment of the trails and improve your ability to safely navigate the network.

    To access a copy of the interactive map, download the free Avenza PDF Maps app to your smart phone. The first time you open the app you will be on the Getting Started page. Tap the left arrow at the top of the screen to get to the maps page, then tap the + sign to add the GBP map and type in this ULR for the map:

    It will take a minute or two for the map to load to your phone since it is a large file, but once its loaded it will be there on the maps page every time you open the app. You do not need a cell connection to use the map at the GBP, since the map is tied to the GPS unit in your smart phone. When you are out on the trails, you will see that a blue dot tracks your location as you are riding or hiking. Please note that the latest recreational (free) Avenza PDF Maps app only allows you to have 3 custom (non-map store) maps loaded at any given time. This means that you can swap out these maps as often as you like, but you can only have 3 custom maps imported at a time. If you currently have more than 3 maps imported on to your smart phone, these maps will continue to function. Going forward, however, you will not be able to add more free maps until you remove enough to be below the 3 map limit.


Things To Know Before You Go

We hope you enjoy the Galisteo Basin Preserve public trails. Please remember they are part of a fragile landscape: Stay on marked trails and roads, park only in designated areas, and carry out everything you carry in (plus dog poop).

When you explore the trails, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks—and be careful out there. Cell phone service is intermittent at the Galisteo Basin Preserve.

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