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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  • Michael Reinemer

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    Rep. George Miller (California – 11th District)