RUIDOSO, N.M. — The State Land Office has negotiated a 25-year lease with the village of Ruidoso that will allow for hundreds of acres of trust land on Moon Mountain to be used for recreation.

The Land Office announced the deal this week, saying the property will be open to hikers, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts as the village plans to offer an expanded trail system and a community observatory for stargazing.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says he and previous land commissioners have worked to create a healthy environment on the mountain through remediation and flood mitigation.

With the lease, he says the public will have better access to explore the area.

The Land Office said it has owned and managed the property since 1905.