This weekend, the public got its first up-close glimpse at a high-dollar property purchased with taxpayer money in Santa Fe County. ---

The county purchased the ranch—formerly known as the Ranch at Santa Fe Canyon and now called La Bajada Ranch—for $7 million in 2009, ending a contentious battle over what landowners should be allowed to build there. But county commissioners haven't decided what to do with the land yet.

A map provided on the Nov. 23 tour identifies 265 acres as a possible conservation area that's unsuitable for development; 60 acres as the best location for development; and 145 acres suitable for development with restrictions.

What do you think the county should do with the property? Let us know in the comments or write a letter to the editor to editor@sfreporter.com.

In the meantime, if you missed the tour, check photos of the beautiful property, located in La Cienega:

Mark Hogan, division director for projects and facilities for Santa Fe County, estimated 60 to 80 showed up for the opening of the ranch.
Mark Hogan, division director for projects and facilities for Santa Fe County, estimated 60 to 80 showed up for the opening of the ranch.