The purpose of Las Placitas Association is to promote community awareness and preserve the rural and historical values that make the community an attractive place to live; to promote community cohesion; to preserve, protect and utilize land, air, space, water and historical and cultural resources for the benefit of all of us; to sponsor community improvement projects; to participate in and provide expressions of community views to regional planning groups and governmental agencies at all levels.
Environmental historian Donald Worster said “Learn where you are. Learn about this place and its history. Learn not only the history of its people
but the history of the land itself, its deep history. Learn to adapt your ideas and institutions to that land. Learn to work together if you mean to endure.”
Did you know Placitas has its very own FM radio station, owned by Las Placitas Association and operated by a volunteer Radio Advisory Council? Listen to KUPR, 99.9 on your FM dial, or streaming on the internet at kupr.org! (click here for details)
LPA Event Calendar
This is a nice trail in the Santa Fe National Forest on the road going up to the ski area. The trail head will be on your left as you are heading up. This roughly 4 mile trail uses 3 different trails to makeup this triangular loop. Trail 150 from the parking lot and then a left onto Trail 254 along the flowing Tesuque Creek for just over a mile and then Trail 182 back to the trail head/parking lot.
We will meet at the Merc parking lot on NM 165 here in Placitas at 8:55 on Sunday 11 June for a 9 o’clock departure. Wear good hiking shoes/boots, bring a hat, sunscreen and possibly a hiking stick. We will provide the water.
Note- this trail is over 9,ooo feet in elevation in spots, so be aware.
The trail which is made up of two parts after the first 1/2 mile mark where you can do the 1.2 mile Cave Loop Trail which is easy and returns you back to the parking lot at the trail head after viewing a cave from the pathway. The more difficult, but certainly worth the effort is the 1.5 mile hike up the Canyon Trail which is a slot canyon with unique geologic features found only here and in Turkey. You can at this point retrace your steps back to the parking lot or continue to climb some 630 feet to the mesa top to get some great views of the Jemez, Sangre de Cristo, Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley.
We will meet at the Merc parking lot at 8:55 on Sunday 24 Sep for a 9 o’clock departure. Wear good hiking shoes/boots, sunscreen and a hat. We will provide the water.