A series of guided hiking programs led by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve since 2007 has come to an end.
The nonprofit’s board of directors announced Friday that it has decided to discontinue the docent-led hikes, which wound through 1,350 acres of open space wilderness owned by Santa Fe County, after deliberations over the organization’s mission and growing concerns for the safety of participants.
“The site’s narrow and rocky two-mile road can only be traversed seasonally by high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles, and hikers then walk the remaining round-trip for a moderate to advanced hike to the summit of Placer Peak,” the announcement said.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden provides all-ages educational programs in botany, science, water conservation and environmental issues. The organization’s board unanimously voted to refocus its resources on its Museum Hill garden on the city’s east side and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve near La Cienega.
Santa Fe County will be responsible for determining future uses for the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, and itmay identify other partners for new programs there, the news release said..