West of the Guadalupes

PART 2:

The Cornudas Mountains Just Across the Border from Texas in New Mexico

3.  Leaving the Cornudas Mountains

The county roads taking us west from the Cornudas Mountains were in good shape, especially on the New Mexico side.  With some oil and gas exploration on the Texas side there was some overuse damage, but the roads were still no problem at all.  We are driving west here, looking back:

On the Jones Ranch there is a cow pond, a place where after a good rain there will be some standing water, and the soil leading to the pond has some very nice grass growing on it and a few shade trees for the pleasure of the cows once they are released into this area (after some Summer rains make the desert grow some of its own grass too):

A reason for going the western route was to see the other side of the mountains in their natural setting from the west, dominated by Chihuahuan Desert grassland:

A veritable yucca forest! Wind, Flat Top, and Black mountains:

 

A branching county road offers an opportunity to see more of Flat Top Mountain (a detour, road hits private land and have to come back the same way):

   

It is time to make time going west now, and eventually, after more than an hour of seeing no mountains anymore except occasionally far to the west of us, we approach the Hueco Mountains just to the east of El Paso (we are in Texas now):

This road takes us to a far flung 'suburb' of El Paso, in the mountains, where we turn left to go back to New Mexico on US Highway 62/180.  We stop along that highway several times to take some final looks at the Cornudas Mountains, from their south this time:

This view of both the Cornudas and the Guadalupes to their right was worth getting back on a dirt road for, for just a minute:

As we come closer to the Guadalupe Mountains again, we see them in the light of a setting sun:

 

All in all this was an enjoyable trip.  Hope you agree.

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