Columbine Hondo is our Common Ground

Mayor Linda Calhoun, Kamryn McDowell, Kayce McDowell, and Katie McDowell

Mayor Linda Calhoun, Kamryn McDowell, Kayce McDowell, and Katie McDowell (Red River, NM)View PDF of Ad

Many of the memories made in Red River center around the beauty of the wilderness: catching your first trout, identifying colorful wildflowers, taking your picture at Middle Fork Lake. Families like ours have been coming to Red River for generations, sharing experiences and developing a legacy of love for the nearby Columbine Hondo Mountains. Here we teach our children the importance of preservation and an appreciation for the outdoors. The community of Red River is deeply committed to responsible use of the forest for everyone. Thank you, Senators Bingaman and Udall, for helping Red River continue to serve families for the future and protecting our Columbine Hondo wilderness where so many memories are made.

Three Generations of Romeros: Grandfather Dan, grandson Daniel, and son Daniel Romero

Three Generations of Romeros: Grandfather Dan, grandson Daniel, and son Daniel Romero (Arroyo Seco, NM)View PDF of Ad

Our family loves the outdoors and all the recreational opportunities the amazing Columbine Hondo area provides. While we like to four-wheel, which we do respectfully in designated areas during the appropriate seasons, our greater love is hiking, hunting and fishing in our beautiful, wild, mountains. Three generations of Romeros have enjoyed hiking up to Lobo Ridge via the Gavilan Trail, including grandson Daniel, who at seven hiked there with his sister, Savannah. We’d like to see these wilderness opportunities protected so that future generations can continue to see the beauty of this place and feel the energy that this area bestows on all of us. We thank Senators Bingaman and Udall for working to permanently protect Columbine Hondo as wilderness.

Marnie Rose, Destiny Martinez, Cindy Brown, Matt Madison, Roberta Salazar,<br />
Stephanie Martinez, Daniel Romero, Angel Martinez, Savannah Romero, Mary Rampinini

Marnie Rose, Destiny Martinez, Cindy Brown, Matt Madison, Roberta Salazar,
Stephanie Martinez, Daniel Romero, Angel Martinez, Savannah Romero, Mary Rampinini (city, NM)
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A journey into the Columbine Hondo wilderness study area is an adventure filled with the natural beauty of waterfalls, bird songs and trees rustling in the wind. Rivers & Birds youth hikers love spending time here, chasing butterflies, catching snakes, spying trout in the clear creeks, or encountering a baby fox or a family of Blue Grouse. Through these outdoor experiences, these kids discover that Columbine Hondo is not only a fun place to explore, but that it is also an important source of clean air and fresh water for our community. Columbine Hondo is part of our great natural heritage in Taos County. We thank Senators Bingaman and Udall for working to permanently protect this area for present and future generations of hikers.

Warchief Secretary Harold T. Lefthand, Warchief Benito Sandoval, and Lieutenant Warchief Albert Archuleta

Warchief Secretary Harold T. Lefthand, Warchief Benito Sandoval, and Lieutenant Warchief Albert Archuleta (Taos Pueblo, NM)View PDF of Ad

The permanent protection of the Hondo/Columbine Wilderness Area is of great significance to the people of Taos Pueblo because we believe all wilderness areas are sacred. The Great Spirit made man the keepers of the Land and all that live upon it; thus we are responsible to the future generations of all Americans to preserve the last of the wild places in America. Taos Pueblo and its future generations are grateful, and wish to thank Senators Bingaman and Udall for this bill.

Arroyo Hondo Arriba Community Land Grant Members

Arroyo Hondo Arriba Community Land Grant Members: Elias Espinosa, Herman G. Torres,
Epimenio Montoya, Larry L. Montoya, Pennie Herrera Wardlow, Arthur Montoya, and David F. Arguello
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We are forever thankful to our ancestors for the pristine condition in which they left the Columbine Hondo area. It is now our duty to see that area permanently protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System so that future generations may know and enjoy it as we have. Designation as wilderness will ensure the unspoiled condition of this important headwater area continues for those who will come after us. We thank Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall for working to give permanent protection to this precious land.

Francisco 'Cisco' Guevara

Francisco “Cisco” Guevara (owner, Los Rios River Runners - Des Montes, NM)View PDF of Ad

Preserving wilderness protects the watershed that is the source of our rivers, which are vital to the outdoor recreation business. Outdoor recreation is a major component in tourism, which is a leading economic factor in the state of New Mexico. The outdoor recreation industry is also a major source of jobs, encompassing all businesses and services. Protecting Columbine Hondo as wilderness is good for everyone. Thank you, Senators Bingaman and Udall for working to protect our economy, our natural treasures, and our way of life.