Around the Southwest
For the first time, I spent the summer in New Mexico and taking short trips around the southwest. One was a two week outing into Arizona and then up to southern Colorado; but, most were weekend excursions.
July started with Mesilla Plaza Music, then a long trip routing through Tucson to see friends, a revisit to San Xavier Mission, and a first time camp at Catalina SP; followed by a stop at Diamond L Ranch to see some funky sculptures, and another to see Salt River Canyon.
Continuing onward through the Navajo Nation were repeat visits to the Hubbell Trading Post, Canyon de Chelly, and Shiprock Peak.
Back into New Mexico, and to previously visited sites at Angel Peak, Aztec Ruins, and Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa.
From the Sims Mesa camp, I went through Dulce where I encountered the Jicarilla Apache Parade. Then, onward into southern Colorado to boondock by the East Fork-San Juan River in order to see Silver Falls.
Finally reached the higher San Juan Mountains for cooler camps during the hot summer. New sites seen were the Río Grande Headwaters and the Ute-Ulay Mine. Also, returned to see Clear Creek Falls, Capitol City Ghosttown, Whitmore Falls, the Pike Snowden Cabin, Lake San Cristobal, and Cataract Gulch Cascades. Camps were at Crooked Creek CG, Mill Creek CG and Snowden Cabin boondock. Also, stopped to stroll around the scenic villages of Creede and Lake City.
Heading out of the San Juans, stopped to see Treasure Falls again, and boondocked along the West Fork-San Juan River. Then on to Chama to stroll around, browsed the Tierra Wools store, and camped at Heron Lake SP-West Brushy Point CG overlooking the lake.
Left Heron Lake State Park and headed further south, stopping to see Echo Amphitheater, and Rancho de las Golondrinas again. Visited the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History in the Old Town neighborhood, and then overnighted at the Isleta Casino.
On the last leg of the Arizona to Colorado trip, stopped in Truth or Consequences to check my mail, and then continued to my friend’s place in Las Cruces. It was a fun whirlwind journey.