My travels took me up into the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico and through the Mescalero Apache Reservation. In the shadows of 11,977 ft Sierra Blanca Peak, I stopped to visit the Hubbard Museum of the American West. What a wonderful find!
I was greeted by several huge sculptures of horses scattered on a hillside in a natural setting. Placards described each breed, their attributes and the roles they played in the old west. American Standard, Arabian, Appaloosa, Paint, Morgan and other beautiful steeds were scattered around the garden. It made for an exciting walk.
Inside the museum were restored examples of various wagons, displays of pistols and rifles from the period, a section on Native American items, cowboy stuff, a photo gallery and an exhibit of quilts.
The museum is associated with the Smithsonian and does an outstanding job of presenting the artifacts from the old west. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling near the area. And, the mountain setting is pretty nice.
The chuck wagon reminded me it was time for lunch. So, I stopped at a Mexican grill, to get a burrito, on my way further up into the mountains.
Site: Hubbard Museum of the American West
Scene: Mountains, sculptures, museum