This Trail has been adopted to honor Tess Horan. It is on the road to Santa Fe Ski Area, in the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe, NM. Tessa Horan was killed by a shark on February 1, 2006, off the island of Vava’u in the village of Tu’anuku, Kingdom of Tonga, where she had just started her service in the Peace Corps. After only three weeks working in the village, she had already established herself as an inspirational force becoming the town medic, a school teacher and soccer coach.
New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, it has also been part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory. Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics at 45% (2008 estimate), being descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America. It also has the third-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska and Oklahoma, and the fifth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas. The tribes represented in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo peoples. As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultural influences. At a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth most sparsely inhabited U.S. state.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_mexico]