New Mexico Summer

3 months in the Land of Enchantment

Albuquerque, NM

  1. Route 66 Diner

Hotrods in front of the 228 year old San Felipe de Neri Church

  1. Hotrod in old city ABQ

Hummingbirds on a hike in the Sandia's.

Hummingbirds in the Sandias

  1. Hummingbirds in the Sandias

Taos, NM

  1. Classic chevy truck

Church flowers

We stopped to visit the Earthships outside Taos. These are completely off grid houses built of recycled materials that collect their own water, grow some of their own food, and maintain comfortable temperatures through the hot summers and snowy winters.

  1. Earthship
  1. Rio Grande Valley Gorge Bridge
  1. La Vista Verde Trail Overlook
  1. Prarie Dog

Bandelier National Monument

The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans dating between 1150 and 1600 AD, though the area has had a human presense for more than 10,000 years.

  1. Overlooking the valley
  1. Remaining walls
  1. Overlooking the Pueblo ruins with volcanic rocks
  1. Cliff dwellings

Early bird gets the worm, early worm gets the bird.

  1. Bird with worm
  1. Impressive cliff faces
  1. Waterfall without water
  1. Beautiful cliff faces framed by pine trees

Los Alamos, NM

  1. Colorful and tasty flight
  2. Smoky evening garden
  • Los Alamos History museum

  • Old car interior

Valles Caldera

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history.

  1. Overlooking the Caldera
  1. Smoke giving some nice atmosphere

Bird at the visitors center

  1. The grasslands of the caldera filled with prarie dogs

Los Conchas Trail

  1. Trail entrance
  1. Serene stream
  1. Formidible rock formations
  1. Such a peaceful little valley
  1. Butterfly 1
  2. Butterfly 2
  1. Log cabin sunset view
  1. Stargazing at Valles Caldera
  1. Wispy clouds over the moon and burned forest
  1. Hiking near Jemez Falls

Sandia Peak Tram

    1. Towering cliffs

    2. Massive Canyons on the ride up

  1. Big Views from the top
  1. Hangliding into the sunset
  1. Light catching the tram up
  1. Sunset over the Sandias
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