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Located along the city's flood-control dam on the western side of town, the Las Cruces Dam Open Space Trails help transform this utilitarian corridor into a thriving recreational area. A gravel path, perfect for walking and jogging, is situated on the top of the dam, offering gorgeous, sweeping views of the New Mexico landscape. A complimentary paved asphalt path is also located along the base of the dam for the southern half of the route, connecting the spacious Veterans Park with Sagecrest Park and giving trail users the chance to explore the shrubland and open space that give the trail system its name - additional natural surface paths run throughout the corridor as well. Make sure you keep an eye out for snakes and bring plenty of sunscreen - picnic areas and restrooms are available at Veterans Park, making it a great stop to catch your breath and grab some shade. The trails begin and end right next to major roadways with a variety of shops and restaurants (many of which are accessible via the Triviz Multi-Use Path), but they provide a nice natural experience with some truly scenic photo opportunities, despite the urban surroundings.
Parking is available at the northern end of the trails at a lot located at the intersection of Telshor Blvd. and Del Rey Boulevard. Another trailhead lot is located at the southern end of the trail off of Lohman Avenue, several blocks east from exit 3 off of Interstate 25/U.S. 85. Additional parking is available at Veterans Memorial Park, where the paved trail begins, located on Roadrunner Parkway just south of Mission Road.
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