SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico State Land Office has given a coalition the OK to issue hiking and horseback riding permits to cross state land on the Continental Divide Trail.
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard made the announcement earlier this week.
The trail spans 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada, crossing five U.S. states. About 820 of those miles are in New Mexico.
Recreationists previously had to obtain permits in person from the State Land Office in Santa Fe. Now they can get them online through the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.
The one-year permit costs $35. Permit holders can add up to 10 family members.
The coalition received approval to issue the permits for two years. After that, the State Land Office and the coalition will consider renewing the authority.
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