Northern New Mexico Visit

THREE DESTINATIONS:

2.    Rio Grande Gorge (and the "High Road to Taos")

The Wikipedia description of this gorge contains the following geologic description:  

As you can see by the sign below, this gorge is a New Mexico State Park:

As you have just read, the river is flowing merrily along 800 feet (240 meters) below us here, looking downstream:

  

The height of the bridge is impressive:

  

This is a view in the upstream direction:

After the bridge we turn back to drive through Taos, and then get off the main road and take what is called the "High Road To Taos" --a scenic route that links Taos and Santa Fe.  Some of the views were quite spectacular along the way, including this look to the highest peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (a range described in a Wikipedia page in these words:

If we turn left toward the northwest from that same spot, we look back down on the valley we just came from, where Taos is:

About an hour later we see more Sangre de Cristo peaks to our southeast:

Although my eyes were typically looking for scenic peaks, there were also small valleys with nice villages and farms, like this one, along the way:

Our next adventure is a search for the country where the Pecos River originates, on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo range.

3. VISIT THE UPPER PECOS RIVER (PART 1 OF 2)

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