Last updated: 05/12/2023

A critical trail connection in an underserved community

Completion of both trail segments will form a 2.3 mile loop when combined with the bike and pedestrian facilities on S. Meadows Road, vastly improving recreational opportunities for this community which lacks developed open spaces for the highest density of youth in the city. Meanwhile, it will connect downtown Santa Feans with the existing El Camino Real Trail that leads under 599 to the Municipal Recreation Center.

This section of the Acequia Trail is fully funded and under design. 

The proposed multi-modal trail connections are labeled as the Study Section Segment Area (SSSA). 

How do you want these trails developed?

Project updates

Discovering Paths Today and Tomorrow: An Illustrated Vision of the Acequia/River Trail Cottonwood Loop in Oga Po’Geh (Santa Fe) was completed in February, 2023!

The City of Santa Fe received Community Development Block Grant funding in the fall of 2022 to connect Cottonwood Mobile Home Park with El Camino Real Academy via a paved trail!

The Acequia Trail from South Meadows to San Felipe is fully funded and undergoing engineering design.

The South Meadows/Agua Fria intersection has been redesigned and construction will begin in 2023.

The Cottonwood/Agua Fria intersection has been redesigned as a roundabout and construction will begin in 2023.


Discovering paths today and tomorrow:
An Illustrated Vision of the Acequia/River Trail Cottonwood Loop in Oga Po'Geh (Santa Fe)

Print and color this version at home!


Many thanks to our partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and National Historic Trails to highlight the historical importance of this area as part of the El Camino Real Trail.

Artist Bio: 

Jessica Ortiz is an experienced Contemporary Artist, Muralist, Community Leader & Advocate. Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. Jessica is driven by the love of her community, she is committed to engaging communities and governments in dialogue about how to create viable solutions for the problems that people of color face. Jessica has always been committed to education, empowerment, and the fostering of a strong network. As an artist, Jessica uses her art as an extension to activism. She is inspiring others to be thought provoking by seeing outside of conventional thinking. In addition to her artistry, Jessica has been recognized by the City of Santa Fe for her extraordinary commitment to community service. Jessica’s passion for community service can be traced back to working with Alas De Agua Art Collective, Youthworks, and Boys & Girls Club of Generational Empowerment, where she has spent significant time mentoring, teaching art classes, and providing resources & opportunities for adult and youth BIPOC, immigrant, undocumented, LGTBQ artists who have historically and currently been marginalized and not afforded the same resources. Jessica helps support artistic visions and believes diversity is key in creating a loving community.


Discovering paths today and tomorrow: citations

Discovering Paths Today and Tomorrow - Appendix A: Inclusive Trail Planning

32 Signs were scattered in the community in the summer of 2021 to gather feedback. This is what we learned:

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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.