Aerial support called in to aid trail work at Bandelier | KOB 4

Aerial support called in to aid trail work at Bandelier

Eddie Garcia
December 06, 2017 07:37 PM

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. -- Geoff Goins, the interpretation supervisor at the Bandelier National Monument, said the famous Frey Trail is historic, to say the least. It originally dates back to the early 20th century.


As seen from Chopper 4, there's been a lot of aerial activity going on lately.

"They rebuilt this trail in the 1930s," Goins said. "Since then, there's really been no work on the trail," said Goins.

Weather and time have taken their toll on the highly traveled trail, creating the need for some air support.

"It's a very uneven surface. All of that erosion over the decades has really caused a lot of deep grooves on the trail and washed a lot of the fine material off," said Goins.

The chopper's motivated pilot has been working hard for days now, gathering loose soil and rock and lifting it to the Frey trail over and over again. Goins said that's just half of the job.

"They load them where they need them along the trail, but then a crew has to come and unload those thousand pound bags and move the material," Goins said.

A ground crew will be working on that until at least the spring.

"They're putting a new surface down where the old surface has eroded away, putting in new steps to make it easier to move down the trail and also new drainage channels off of the trail," said Goins.

Until the work is done, Goins said visitors should expect trail closures.


Eddie Garcia

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