Last updated: 05/20/2019

Recreational Trails Program


The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal reimbursement program funded through section 1109 of the FAST Act, as codified under Title 23 of the United States Code, sections 133(b)(6), 133(h)(5)(C), and 206. In New Mexico, RTP is administered by NMDOT.

The RTP provides funding authority to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Examples of trail uses include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

The goals of the NM RTP are to:

  1. Improve the health and quality of life for New Mexicans by increasing trail-related recreational opportunities within and around communities.
  2. Provide funding through a transparent, accessible program to communities and government agencies for the development of recreational trails and related educational programs for a variety of users.
  3. Fund projects that result in “on-the-ground” benefits to users.
  4. Meet the federal requirements regarding expenditure of 30% of funds on non-motorized trails, 30% on motorized trails and 40% on diversified trails.

FFY2020 and FFY2021 Call for Projects

The Santa Fe MPO is soliciting applications for projects to be considered for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 and 2021 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Funding within the MPO Planning Area (See the Planning Area Map linked below). All project applications that are located within the MPO Planning Area must be submitted to the Santa Fe MPO.  The May 12 Staff Memorandum and supporting documents and forms for this process are available for download below.

For more information on the TAP Contact:

Erick Aune, MPO Transportation Planner

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After mapping, projects can be prioritized for funding and implementation. The highest priority projects will be accessible for review with member governments so they can be included into the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). . Based on concentrations of high priority projects, high priority pedestrian improvement zones can be designated to complete improvements by geographic area.