1) Raise awareness that the thru-hike exists – that people can hike from Santa Plaza to Taos Plaza.

2) Get people excited enough about the thru-hike to consider doing it themselves, and to give them confidence that they can do it.

3) To make sure they have enough information, resources, and a well-enough maintained trail to have a great time on the thru-hike.

4) Give people a positive experience of the wilderness so they will care enough about it to take ongoing, meaningful action to preserve it.