Carlito Springs is currently closed to the public. However, parking and trail improvements scheduled for the fall of 2013 will soon enable public access.
Carlito Springs is located on the southeast face of the Sandia Mountains near the village of Tijeras. It encompasses 179 acres and ranges in elevation from 6,300 feet to 7,000 feet. It borders the Cibola National Forest to the north and northwest and private property on all other sides.
Bernalillo County purchased the initial 177 acres in 2000 and later acquired an adjoining two-acre tract in 2008 that includes its namesake spring.
Carlito Springs is named for the spring that flows from exposed bedrock in the north-central portion of the property. This spring once provided water to a residence and several cabins and continues to feed several ponds and a lush riparian environment that nourishes ornamental gardens and an orchard. This spring water also provide critical habitat for many species of birds and animals, including black bear, mountain lion, badger and mule deer.
Planning and Managment:
Bernalillo County recently completed the Carlito Springs Open Space Cultural Landscape Report in the spring of 2012. The work upon which the report is based had two foci: 1) inventory Carlito Springs’ resources, including its landforms, history, cultural resources, water resources, architecture, circulation routes, and vegetation, and 2) develop a treatment plan that protects Carlito Springs’ resources while also providing public access and enrichment.
The first phase of the treatment plan calls for the construction of a trailhead and a sustainable natural surface trail system that will allow for visitor parking and access. These improvements are anticipated to be completed in the summer/fall of 2013. Future improvements will occur as funding becomes available.
Click here for an excerpt on the history of Carlito Springs from the Carlito Springs Open Space Cultural Landscape Report.
For additional information, contact the Open Space Coordinator, at (505)314-0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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