The San Marcos Association

A Santa Fe County Registered Organization

The San Marcos Association is a non-profit community service organization. (IRS Code 501(c) (4)).  The goals of the organization are: to protect the rural, residential character of the area; to monitor development to see that it is consistent with that character and with applicable plans and ordinances of Santa Fe County; and to advocate on behalf of property owners/residents of the area in matters of public service, utilities and the general welfare of people.

Map of The San Marcos Association Advocacy Area

On April 1, 2016, the SMA was recognized by the Santa Fe County Growth Management Department as a “Registered Organization.” What that means is set out in Chapter 2 of the Sustainable Land Development Code In summary, the SMA has the right to:

  • Be notified of and make recommendations for pending discretionary development applications in our geographic area (see map ) and get notice of public hearings or meetings about such applications.
  • Be notified of and make recommendations for Development of Countywide Impact applications.Be notified of and make recommendations for amendments to the SGMP, SLDC, or Area, District or Community Plans in our area.
  • Coordinate with Community Organizations (which are also defined in Chapter 2), residents, and owners of property or business in our area when discretionary development reviews or administrative adjudicatory applications come up.
  • Meet with the Land Use Administrator on matters of interest in our area.
  • Participate in Town Hall meetings.
  • Take part in Registered Organization leadership retreats and training programs.

SMA Meetings


Under the COVID-19 circumstances, we feel it is best not to have public gatherings at this time. Everybody’s health is paramount and there is no need to risk it. So, the public San Marcos Association (SMA) meeting that would normally have been held on April 16, 2020 at the Turquoise Trail Volunteer Fire Department will not take place. And, though the SMA Board will meet regularly via telephone conference call, and the Association will be communicating with our neighbors, public meetings will not be held until further notice.  Thank you for your support.

Community Resources

We are currently working on collection and development of local resources for the Turquoise Trail community.  Stay Tuned!


Recent News

Petition to Protect the Cerrillos Turquoise Mines

The San Marcos Association Board of Directors feels preserving Mt. Chalchihuitl, a unique and very significant cultural site in our area, is something Santa Fe County should be working diligently to accomplish. Therefore, we ask you to consider signing this petition to let County Commissioners know how we feel.
Thank you.

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