Northern New Mexico

 

The perfect blue skies of New Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camel rock, just north of Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The farther north you go, the more mountainous the terrain and more dramatic the cloud formations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathtaking scenery on the road to Los Alamos

 

New Mexico map

Northern New Mexico

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Camel Rock, New Mexico
Northern New Mexico
Northern New Mexico

Earthy yet stylish, this exquisite state is blessed with endless clear blue skies stretching over a dramatic terrain of desert and mountains. Sharp bright sunlight illuminates the land, seemingly making everything -bushes, rocks, trees, flowers - come alive.

 

Characterized by Native American culture, numerous artist colonies, and yes, even UFO crash sites, there is something truly magical and mystical about New Mexico.

Fort Marcy Park in New Mexico
Fort Marcy Park in New Mexico
Fort Marcy Park in New Mexico
Fort Marcy Park in New Mexico
Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Santa Fe

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Turquois Trail

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Turquois Trail in New Mexico
Turquois Trail in New Mexico

Sandia Peak

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Sandia Peak in New Mexico
Sandia Peak Tram in New Mexico
Sandia Peak in New Mexico
Sandia Peak in New Mexico
Sandia Peak in New Mexico

Very Large Array

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Socorro, New Mexico
Socorro, New Mexico
Very Large Array in New Mexico
Very Large Array in New Mexico
Very Large Array in New Mexico

White Rock Overlook

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Very Large Array in New Mexico

Bandalier National Park

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White Rock Overlook in New Mexico
White Rock Overlook in New Mexico

 

Pulling over on hwy4 to enjoy the scenery 
(if I had a nickel for every time I did this I'd be rich)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near the entrance is this breathtaking view of Frijoles Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to the Cave-Dwellings area

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the holes in the rock? These are the Cave-Dwellings - the ancient Anasazis actually lived in them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pathway guides you along the side of the porous rock...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the many ladders allowing you to climb up and take a peek 
inside these caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- and climb I did (boy were my legs sore the next day...)

Here's the view from inside one of the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highest and most fascinating cave was 140 ft above ground! 

Five shaky ladders up, here's the view looking down from the top...

 

Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico
Bandalier National Park in New Mexico

 

Entrance to Fort Marcy park - my favorite spot in Santa Fe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A brick pathway winds up a hill offering spectacular views 
of the city...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform at the summit

A high cross stands tall, commemorating the Franciscans killed 
in the Pueblo revolt of 1680.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning around to look at the other side...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiral staircase inside Loretto Chapel 

The construction is a mystery..Legend has it in the 1800's, an unknown man appeared with only a hammer, built this staircase and disappeared. The staircase has no visible support and seems to be made from one piece of wood!

 

 

Leave all your worries behind on the Turquois Trail - a scenic drive south of Santa Fe along highway 41

What a great day trip this makes!

 

 

 

 

What pure joy it was driving along the open empty road on this perfect sunny day...

Creed's "Higher" blasting on the radio...

 

 

Glorious purple mountains Sandia Peak...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandia Peak is one of the highest peaks in the world - over 10,000 ft high! A tram takes you to the top - doesn't look like much, but honestly I lost track of how many times my ears blocked up on the ascent

 

 

 

 

 

The sun was setting on the climb, sweeping reds and magentas along the mountainside...

 

 

 

 

 

View from the top

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down, overlooking Albuquerque

Notice it's already getting dark!

 

 

The VLA (Very Large Array) is a l-o-n-g drive from Santa Fe, but so scenic, it's enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenery outside Socorro, on the way to the VLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally made it! 

The VLA is a Y-shaped array of satellites, patiently awaiting communication from the cosmos.

 

 

 

 

The energy here is so sharp and clear, with such a futuristic feel...Makes you ponder the meaning of it all...

I would've loved to meditate here at night under the stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

A walkway guides you around the site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup view of a satellite dish - remember "Contact"?

 

 

About an hour northwest of Santa Fe is this amazing overlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

..the Rio Grande snakes below

 

New Mexico photos including Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Bandalier National Park