Miranda Canyon gets another cleanup Saturday.


Everyone is invited to help out the Carson National Forest and the Taos County government Saturday morning (Oct. 21) for a cleanup of Miranda Canyon from 9 a.m. to noon.

Located in the Camino Real Ranger District, Miranda Canyon is sometimes used as an unapproved, illegal dump near the community of Llano Quemado. For the past several years, local nonprofits and government agencies have worked with volunteers to remove more than 52 tons of trash from the area that’s often littered with trash like dirty diapers, dead animals and construction material.

The Forest Service purchased 5,000 acres of land in Miranda Canyon “using land and water conservation funds in order to protect the watershed from private land development,” read a press release from the Carson National Forest.

Volunteers can meet at the Llano Quemado Community Center for a safety session at 9 a.m. “Then the group will start making its way up the canyon for trash removal. We plan to return to the community center at 12:15 p.m. to provide lunch for all participants. Please wear long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes – and bring gloves and water,” advised forest managers.

For more information on Saturday’s cleanup, contact Paul Schilke at (575) 587-2255.