One silver lining to pandemic delays is that many categories of long-awaited work is being done by those away from their usual roles. The late-summer of 2020 is seeing the engineering of our historic church’s parking lot. This work to mitigate drainage issues has been envisioned since the completion of the church restoration, and will be a huge benefit to parishioners and History Trail walkers alike.
What this means for the moment, however, is that the full route of the trail is interrupted as it passes around the church, and the informational signage by the acequia crossing is not available. (Though the long-awaited new bridge is in place between the church and the Parish Center!) With a much-abbreviated celebration once planned for Labor Day, we will now await the completion of this work, re-assess, hope we have all stayed well during this worrisome time, and will announce far and wide the opening of the full trail route!
It’s been another busy year of fundraising, grant-writing, and planning for our diverse team. The summer of 2019 saw a series of events co-hosted by the Questa History Trail and the BLM. These took place out at the Wild Rivers area of our Rio Grande del Norte National Monument; a wonderful series that we hope becomes an annual one!
Meanwhile, other team members designed our new sign faces, compared new long-lasting frameworks, wrote and edited our new sign content – using much feedback from our 2018 events.
The new signs arrived in August and were installed by more team members, with route arrows added for ease of walking the ‘trail’. What we have not yet completed is the bridge across the acequia at sign #5. So please use caution here if you bushwhack across, or detour to the narrow, steep Cisneros rd. as you make your way to sign #6. Our team members will be completing this work soon, as their work schedules allow.
We plan to host our official Ribbon Cutting in the spring of 2020!
None of this work would’ve been possible without the support of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area! The US Forest Service lent their archaeologist advisor, and Chevron gave generously. Many other supporters were invaluable. Please see all the names on our new Welcome Sign and elsewhere on this site.