I've booked a small mountain cabin for a month in Sept through early October for a work retreat. (I'm on sabbatical in the fall.)
Who knows what the conditions will be at that time--I won't hesitate to cancel if it doesn't seem prudent to travel and/or be away from home that long.
If anyone's up for a hike in the northern NM or CO Sangres during that time period, let me know (assuming that's a reasonable thing to do). I will definitely do lots of dayhikes and some 1-2 nighters in the Taos/Questa area, as well as a possible longer trip out of Crestone (which is a only couple hours away).
That seems like a great place to go. I didn't get to hike much around there, but I explored the area a bit by car. Have fun!
Yeah, I generally have a crush on northern NM. Love the scenery, the food, culture, etc.
I've hiked extensively further south in the Pecos Wilderness, and further north in the CO Sangres, but never in this area in between the two. We've given some thought to this area as a possible retirement destination, so this will be a good trial run.
Post by Hungry Jack on May 22, 2020 17:53:41 GMT -8
That's a neat place. I recall dining at a very good place nearby where route 150 meets route 230. It had a really nice courtyard / jardin with a view of the Sangres above Taos. It was a long time ago and it looks like it may be a boutique hotel now.
Wild Rivers is a fun place to hike the Taos canyon.
Post by absarokanaut on May 23, 2020 7:54:10 GMT -8
Wild Rivers is an awesome section of the Rio Grande Gorge. I might just make a photo album of it on Facebook now that you've inspired me CW!I LOVE doing the loop dwon from La Junta Point and back up to rim camp above Big Arsenic!
About halfway down to taos is Arroyo Hondo. The road down into the Gorge and the John Dunn Bridge is wonderful, sometimes you'll see climbers cutting up their hands on the Rhyolite columns. Black Rock Hot Springs is popular but a gem worth your time if you go at a less popular time. I'll never forget having everything but my head under water and darn near dozing off to awaken to the sounds of cat calls from a bunch of women going overhead in a hot air balloon.
Alamosa NNWR is amazing for Bald Eagles. It along with Monte Vista NWR and Blanca Wetlands SWA make up one of the greatest birding concentrations I've ever seen. If Cranes are migrating you must go to Monte Vista.
Questa almost went dry for water a few years ago but I think it is in good shape. The Carson National Forest is among my favorites.
I think I'm gonna make that album now. You're gonna have an awesome time man!
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Post by starwalker on May 23, 2020 20:24:43 GMT -8
One of my favorite places I ever worked, Philmont Scout Ranch, is just an hour east of there. And, if you like trains, the Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge railroad is west of there about an hour in Chama. Or you can go to Antonito, Colorado for the other end of it.
And, if you like trains, the Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge railroad is west of there about an hour in Chama.
We took our kids there many years ago on a family camping vacation: The train (along with the gondola ride in Albuquerque) was the highlight of the trip for them. That was also the trip where I discovered the West Fork Rio Santa Barbara approach to the Pecos high country: a place I've returned to several times over the years.