Columbine Hondo

Columbine Hondo in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains is an important wildlife habitat, a recreation haven and a source of clean drinking water.

Columbine Hondo is a wilderness study area nestled deep within the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. Its nearly 45,000 acres of mountains provide habitat for wildlife and a place for recreation. Columbine Hondo also is home to headwaters that supply clean water to the cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

Why Columbine Hondo

Hikers, hunters, anglers and wildlife lovers treasure Columbine Hondo. The area preserves many natural wonders in addition to cultural and historical traditions such as horseback riding. It also is an important wildlife habitat and supplies clean drinking water to downstream cities and villages.

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  • Neil Shader

    New legislation introduced today in the House and the Senate would undermine state and federal planning efforts, nearly complete, to conserve the greater sage grouse and perpetuate uncertainty faced by all westerners, according to The Wilderness Society. The following statement can be attributed to Chase Huntley, senior government relations director for The Wilderness Society.

  • Neil Shader

    Authorization for LWCF runs out on September 30 2015.

    Today, Earth Day, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “reauthorization and potential reforms” to LWCF. Funded primarily by offshore oil royalties—not taxpayer dollars—the program has had strong bipartisan support since its enactment in 1964. The Wilderness Society strongly supports several bills to reauthorize LWCF including S. 890, S. 338 and H.R. 1814, now pending in Congress.

  • Neil Shader

    Proactive, cooperative conservation measures could be a model for protections across the West

    The following statement can be attributed to Nada Culver, senior director of agency policy and planning for The Wilderness Society, regarding the Department of Interior’s decision to not add the bi-state greater sage grouse population to the Endangered Species List.