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June 16, 2017
WEEKEND: City Co-Sponsors Two Community Events - Fishing Derby and Take a Kid Hiking Day!

Fishing Derby

Moving quickly to take advantage of a narrow and closing window in which flows from municipal reservoirs into the Santa Fe River would be high enough to support the event, the City of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are working together to hold the Annual Santa Fe Kids Fishing Derby on June 17th at the Santa Fe River Park.

The initial event was postponed after heavy rains. Councilor Ron Trujillo said, “This event is something kids look forward to every year, and it’s unfortunate what happened last week, but Mother Nature had other plans. But we’re glad to move forward now because the City of Santa Fe is committed to the kids and making sure they get their day out fishing on the Santa Fe River.”

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has agreed to stock 500 Rainbow Trout, the same number released for the initial event. All children 11 and under will be able to fish the river from 7:00am to 12:00noon, and anyone of any age with a New Mexico fishing license and appropriate validations will be able to fish after the event. The daily bag limit is five trout per day and no more than 10 in possession.

Take a Kid Hiking Day

Take a Kid Hiking Day kicks off Saturday with a family-friendly hike on the Sierra Del Norte Trailhead, just 3 miles from the Plaza off of Hyde Park Road. Water and snacks will be provided.

Organizer Tim Rogers said, “We hope this will become an annual celebration for adults and kids to get outside together, to reconnect with each other away from the television and other screens and enjoy our natural surroundings.”

Take a Kid Hiking Day was the inspiration of Elaine Pinkerton, author of “Santa Fe on Foot.”  At this evening’s City Council meeting, Councilor Renee Villarreal will carry a resolution in support of the event.

Councilor Villarreal said, “We are so blessed to live in a place of such natural beauty, but it’s easy to take it for granted sometimes. Take a Kid Hiking Day is about having kids, and adults alike, reconnect to nature and share some time together in the sunshine and fresh clean air!"

The semi-official event will run from 9:30am-11:30am, but Santa Feans in every corner of the community are encouraged and invited to hit the trail or sidewalk near them and participate in the spirit of this community event.

A flyer and more information is available at:

The event is supported by the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust.

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