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2016 June, Google & Santa Fe Team Up to Reveal Outdoor Treasures

June 24, 2016: Treasured trails and destinations of the great Santa Fe outdoors have been archived by new Google technology—in partnership with TOURISM Santa Fe and community partners—and are now available for anyone to reference as they plan a Santa Fe excursion.

Google Trekker— a special $250,000, 50-pound, panoramic camera apparatus outfitted with fifteen lenses—was loaned to TOURISM Santa Fe, the city’s convention & visitor bureau, who coordinated with dozens of local outdoor VIP’s and experts to hike some of the region’s most renowned and beautiful places with the Trekker to capture the entire journey.

We’ve all used Google Street View to see what a street or outdoor destination looks like, and now we can do the same for many of Santa Fe’s storied trails and destinations. TOURISM Santa Fe captured behind the scenes videos of the trekkers, including avid outdoorsman and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales at the Cross Of The Martyrs.

“USA Today readers recently voted Santa Fe the #1 Outdoor Destination in the United States,” said Randy Randall, Executive Director for TOURISM Santa Fe. “With so much wonderful food, art, history and events happening in town, it’s important to remember that there’s just as much to see and do outdoors—right beyond the downtown area and for miles all around. Google Trekker brings 21st century technology to these ancient and famous places and enables both visitors and residents to preview our astonishing natural wonders step-by-step and plan accordingly.”

The Trekker digital assets are available on www.santafe.org travel web site at www.santafe.org/googletrekker. Just some of the 32 places you can trek virtually are the Acequia Trail, Allan Houser Sculpture Garden, Atalaya Trail, Big Tesuque Trail, Dale Ball Trails, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Galisteo Basin Preserve, Glorieta Pass At Pecos National Park, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site, Randall Davey Audobon Center, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe River Trail, The Santa Fe Opera, Tsankawi Prehistoric Site, and Winsor Trail.

Local organizations who trekked include: Santa Fe Walkabouts, Outspire Hiking, Randall Davey Audubon Society, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, Santa Fe Opera, Neubleu Interior Design, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe National Forest Service, City of Santa Fe Parks & Recreation, City of Santa Fe Land Use, Santa Fe County Economic Development, Santa Fe County, New Mexico Tourism Department, USDA Forest Service, and various community volunteers.

For more on the great Santa Fe outdoors, please visit www.santafe.org.

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Media Contacts:
John Feins
TOURISM Santa Fe
Tel: 505 955 6221
Email: jgfeins@santafenm.gov

Carlyn Topkin / Matt Sessions
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: 212 891 0214 | 212 891 0228
Email: carlynt@louhammond.com | matts@louhammond.com


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