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First step on a 500-mile journey

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State Rep. Jeff Steinborn holds up the Rio Grande Trail sign for 4.5 miles of the La Llorona River Park Trail at 3440 W. Picacho Ave., that was designated as part of the statewide Rio Grande Trail, Thursday, Oct.

20. Gov. Susana Martinez (below) speaks during the ceremony.

The Rio Grande Trail is “another opportunity to showcase the best that New Mexico has to offer,” Martinez said. The trail is a proposed 500-mile long-distance route that will traverse New Mexico, from the Colorado to Texas borders. Las Cruces is the first city to be home to an officially designated part of the statewide trail.

Martinez designated the first 23 miles of the trail last July in six state parks: Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake in Sierra County; Leasburg Dam, Mesilla Valley Bosque and Percha Dam in Doña Ana County; and the Rio Grande Nature Center in Bernalillo County.

BULLETIN PHOTOS BY MIKE COOK



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