Q&A with Coco Rae: Tips for hiking in Valles Caldera – Yahoo News

Jul. 11—In the 2 1/2 years since Coco Rae’s Hiking Trails in Valles Caldera National Preserve was published, hundreds of hikers and mountain bikers have used it to become better acquainted with one of New Mexico’s most remarkable landscapes.

Rae spent 18 months hiking, mapping and documenting the Valles Caldera’s entire official trail system to produce the preserve’s first comprehensive trail guide. The book contains detailed descriptions of more than 25 trails with maps and conditions, recommendations for mountain bikers, need-to-know preserve regulations and a history of the caldera.

Rae, a volunteer at the preserve who works as an academic adviser at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, self-published the first edition of the book and sold nearly 2,000 copies. In April, a revised edition was published by University of New Mexico Press and became available to a wider audience.

In a question-and-answer session Friday, the 45-year-old Los Alamos resident provided information on the revised release, offered trail recommendations for hikers and talked about the passion she’s developed for the preserve.

Question: What sort of feedback have you gotten from readers since the guide was first published?

Answer: I wrote it so more people could get to know the Valle and explore it, and I think the consistent thing I hear is, “I had no idea there was so much back here.” Especially folks from Santa Fe: “We never go up to the Jemez, and now we have a reason.” So that’s been really awesome for me to help more people experience it. That’s what makes me happy, and that’s why I did it in the first place, was to share such a special place with people.

Question: How has the revised edition been updated from the first release?

Answer: UNM Press has taken it on, which is just thrilling. They were able to do so much that I couldn’t do with my self-publish. The biggest change is all the color; the designer just did a brilliant job. It has three times as many photographs, and I think it’s just absolutely gorgeous. I was so pleased with how it turned out.

I’ve updated some things, clarified a few things people have asked about, tweaked and added some stuff in the …….

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