New Mexico Outdoor Sports https://nmosg.com Fly Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Skiing, 4 Wheeling, Hunting and Vacations Mon, 10 Feb 2020 17:18:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bryce Canyon Utah https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2020/02/09/bryce-canyon-utah/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2020/02/09/bryce-canyon-utah/#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 20:09:17 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2434 What can you say, Bryce Canyon is amazing. If you have only a short time to visit there are lot of great view points to enjoy but if you have the time, go hiking into the canyons its simply amazing place to see. Either way you wont be disappointed its just simply an amazing landscape. […]

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What can you say, Bryce Canyon is amazing. If you have only a short time to visit there are lot of great view points to enjoy but if you have the time, go hiking into the canyons its simply amazing place to see. Either way you wont be disappointed its just simply an amazing landscape.

Bryce Canyon is not a single canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters or bowls, carved into the edge of a high plateau. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheater, which is filled with irregularly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos. Perhaps every visitor to the park will spend at least some time marvelling at its four main viewpoints, all found within the first few miles of the park: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point. Between April and October a shuttle service is operated in this area of the park to reduce congestion.

Bryce Canyon National Park lies on the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in south central Utah. Bryce Canyon National Monument (administered by the U.S. Forest Service) was originally established on June 8, 1923 to preserve the “unusual scenic beauty, scientific interest, and importance.” On June 7, 1924, the monument’s name was changed to Utah National Park and it was transferred to the National Park Service. On February 25, 1928 Utah National Park was changed to Bryce Canyon National Park. Subsequent legislation enlarged the park to its current size of 35,835 acres.

Bryce Canyon National Park is a scientist’s laboratory and a child’s playground. Because Bryce transcends 2000 feet of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. This diversity of habitat provides for high biodiversity. Here at Bryce, you can enjoy over 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species.

The canyons and plateau of Bryce Canyon National Park are home to many animals. Park boundaries mean little to the migratory hummingbirds, nesting Peregrine Falcon, Rocky Mountain Elk and Pronghorn which daily cross through the forested plateau and barren amphitheater. The search for food and water leads them to the best place to find sustenance and shelter. Many animals share habitats. Ebb and flow of populations is interdependent on all the members of the wildlife community.

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Balloons Over Angel Fire 2003 https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2020/01/22/balloons-over-angel-fire-2003/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2020/01/22/balloons-over-angel-fire-2003/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:03:42 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2427 Balloons over Angel Fire is a fun, high altitude, family friendly event held every June in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico. Balloon Glows and Mass Ascensions without the crazy crowds and costs. Watch a field of hot-air balloons at sunrise as they gracefully float up into the cool morning air of the Moreno […]

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Balloons over Angel Fire is a fun, high altitude, family friendly event held every June in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico. Balloon Glows and Mass Ascensions without the crazy crowds and costs.

Watch a field of hot-air balloons at sunrise as they gracefully float up into the cool morning air of the Moreno Valley. Balloons Over Angel Fire is one of the few high-mountain hot-air balloon events in the country. Learn how the balloons work, talk to the pilots, take lots of pictures and spend a day weekend enjoying the laid-back pace of Angel Fire.

Angel Fire is a village in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. It’s home to Angel Fire Resort, with ski slopes and terrain parks, plus a summer mountain-bike park and zip line. The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway passes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, which is home to the Vietnam Veterans Peace and Brotherhood Chapel. Farther north, Eagle Nest Lake is ringed by mountains and is stocked with salmon and trout.

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Pecos River Valley https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/11/17/pecos-river-valley/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/11/17/pecos-river-valley/#respond Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:45:24 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2415 The Pecos River originates high up in the Pecos Wilderness Area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just north of Santa Fe, NM. A handful of tiny streams loaded with small browns, cut-bows and cutthroats flow into the Pecos above Cowles. Below Cowles the stream becomes a small-medium river ranging between 10-25 feet wide as […]

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The Pecos River originates high up in the Pecos Wilderness Area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just north of Santa Fe, NM. A handful of tiny streams loaded with small browns, cut-bows and cutthroats flow into the Pecos above Cowles. Below Cowles the stream becomes a small-medium river ranging between 10-25 feet wide as it tumbles into the Pecos Box, one of two canyons stretches.

Leaving the town of Pecos traveling upstream for about 12 miles to the community of Tererro, the Pecos River follows NM63 and is heavily fished near the campground. But, if you can find an open spot on the river, fish it! The Pecos River cuts through private property in many places along the way.

There is finally some open water above the town of Pecos! While it is still cold up there, fish are being caught on small nymphs in the deep pools. Villanueva is always a good bet if it has been stocked recently.

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Rio Pecos Fly Fishing Public Access https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/08/13/rio-pecos-fly-fishing-public-access/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/08/13/rio-pecos-fly-fishing-public-access/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:32:21 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2401 The Rio Pecos is perhaps the most central location for anglers seeking the greatest array of fishing opportunities. The very best rainbow and brown trout fishing on the Rio Pecos is found between Terrero and Cowles. The section just above Terrero is best fished by beginning at the Terrero General Store (parking across the river […]

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The Rio Pecos is perhaps the most central location for anglers seeking the greatest array of fishing opportunities.

The very best rainbow and brown trout fishing on the Rio Pecos is found between Terrero and Cowles. The section just above Terrero is best fished by beginning at the Terrero General Store (parking across the river along the road at Holy Ghost Campground) and fishing upstream. The upper canyon, also known as the Pecos Box, is accessed by hiking in from the parking area along the river just above Mora Creek Campground.

Cowles is the ideal jump-off location for day or expedition trips into the Rio Pecos. Beattys Flat, Pecos Baldy Lake, Stewart and Johnson Lakes, are all a day’s backpack from Cowles. Horsethief Meadow, up Trail 288, and much of Panchuela Creek, keep you close to great stream fishing on Cave and Horsethief Creeks.

Fishing in the Rio Pecos Wilderness is about small streams and alpine lakes. The growing season is short, so fish eat whenever they get the opportunity and whatever floats by that will fit in their mouths unless, of course, they see an angler looming above the stream.

In the backcountry, anglers should carry just one box of flies and most of them should float. Don’t worry about nymphs unless you fish the lakes, in which case a couple of small nymphs and Woolly Buggers will see you through. What’s most important is for your flies to fit in one box.

After spring run-off passes, say, during the latter part of June through early August (the former more likely today), March Browns are the hatch of the day. New Mexicans call these flies Red Quills. These mayflies come off in huge numbers and are the No. 1 mayfly on the Pecos. The nymph resembles a size 12 to 14 cream to natural Hare’s Ear. The adult fly is more grayish than red, a close approximation tied by substituting an Adams’ muskrat body with Hare’s Ear dubbing.

Rainbow trout are quite abundant in the Rio Pecos, but wild brown trout are perhaps the biggest draw.

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Rio Cimarron Trout Fly Fishing Public Access https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/08/05/rio-cimarron-trout-fly-fishing-public-access/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/08/05/rio-cimarron-trout-fly-fishing-public-access/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:35:06 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2394 The first dozen miles of the Cimarron River (from Eagle Nest Lake to Ute Park, New Mexico) are known for fine trout fishing. Stocked trout include rainbow and brown. The river is maintained by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at a trout density of approximately 3,000 fish per mile, although water flow […]

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The first dozen miles of the Cimarron River (from Eagle Nest Lake to Ute Park, New Mexico) are known for fine trout fishing. Stocked trout include rainbow and brown. The river is maintained by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at a trout density of approximately 3,000 fish per mile, although water flow can vary between 2 and 50 cubic feet per second.

There is 8-10 miles of public access in the Cimarron Canyon State Park.

The Cimarron River is technically a small tailwater that fishes and looks more like a mountain freestone stream. The water features include riffles, pockets, bend pools, undercut banks, beaver ponds, drop-offs, runs and everything in between. These water characteristics, along with a dense aquatic insect population, make the Cimarron one of the best wild brown trout fisheries in the Southwest. New Mexico Game and Fish does stock rainbows throughout the Cimarron.

Cimarron River Fly Fishing Public Access
Rio Cimarron Trout Fly Fishing Public Access

The Cimarron Canyon State Park has three maintained campgrounds with tent and RV sites. The small communities of Eagle Nest and Cimarron are the closest towns with basic amenities of restaurants, places to stay, gas stations, groceries and fishing licenses. The larger towns of Taos, Red River and Angel Fire offer more amenities but with a little longer drive.

The best time to fish the Cimarron is from May through mid October. Key hatches include Golden Stoneflies, PMDs, Tricos, Caddis, BWOs, Midges and Terrestrials.

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Bighorn Sheep on Mesa Above Rio Pueblo de Taos Rio Grande Confluence https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/07/31/bighorn-sheep-on-mesa-above-rio-pueblo-de-taos-rio-grande-confluence/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/07/31/bighorn-sheep-on-mesa-above-rio-pueblo-de-taos-rio-grande-confluence/#respond Wed, 31 Jul 2019 15:59:03 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2389 Rio Grande Gorge, where a few dozen Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep released in 2006-2007 have multiplied to a population of 280 in 10 years. Bighorn sheep were absent from the gorge until 2006, when the Taos Pueblo released 23 onto the landscape. The Department of New Mexico Game and Fish followed with the release of […]

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Rio Grande Gorge, where a few dozen Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep released in 2006-2007 have multiplied to a population of 280 in 10 years.

Bighorn sheep were absent from the gorge until 2006, when the Taos Pueblo released 23 onto the landscape. The Department of New Mexico Game and Fish followed with the release of 25 additional bighorns in 2007.

Bighorn sheep thrive in areas with steep, rocky terrain, which can be found in abundance in the gorge along with a year-round water source.

The bighorns spend most of their time in the canyon proper and above the canyon on mesa tops. When outside the gorge, they generally stay close enough so they can retreat to the safety of the canyon. Bighorn sheep have exceptional vision and climbing ability.

The growing bighorn herd is a positive sign in the ongoing efforts to restore the species in New Mexico.

While getting photographs of this animal is al-ways exciting, having an opportunity to witness two rams in the rut is a memory that will last a lifetime. The slamming of heads is a violent act as the two animals charge at speeds around 20 mph. The sound of the collision can be heard up to a mile away.

Mating season for low-elevation Rocky Mountain bighorns runs from November to December, meaning the time is approaching to get the camera ready. During this time of year, rams battle for dominance and access to the females.

A good area to view bighorns is the West Rim Trail that extends from the rest area west of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on U.S. 64 and runs south along the canyon rim to NM 567 above the Taos Junction Bridge.

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Rio Pueblo Trout Fishing Public Access https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/07/27/rio-pueblo-trout-fishing-public-access/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/07/27/rio-pueblo-trout-fishing-public-access/#respond Sat, 27 Jul 2019 19:44:16 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=2384 One of the most popular trout fishing streams in the New Mexico. Paralleled by highway 518 along its entire length. Headwaters above Tres Ritos (Angostura and Alamitos Creek). Many campgrounds. Heavy thunderstorms overnight clouded the water for this video. New Mexico Hwy 518 runs from Taos, New Mexico South to Las Vegas, New Mexico. Numerous […]

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One of the most popular trout fishing streams in the New Mexico.

Paralleled by highway 518 along its entire length. Headwaters above Tres Ritos (Angostura and Alamitos Creek).

Many campgrounds.

Heavy thunderstorms overnight clouded the water for this video.

New Mexico Hwy 518 runs from Taos, New Mexico South to Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Numerous pull-out fly fishing public access points and improved campsites are located along Hwy 518 above Sipapu Ski Area.

The Rio Pueblo contains some of the best small pocket water fishing in the area.

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2 Flipped Out at Rio Grande Gorge Whitewater Rafting Race Course Big Rock https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/11/2-flipped-out-at-rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-race-course-big-rock/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/11/2-flipped-out-at-rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-race-course-big-rock/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:49:33 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1507 Quick action by professional river guide quickly retrieved 2 rafters flipped overboard at Big Rock! Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry […]

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Quick action by professional river guide quickly retrieved 2 rafters flipped overboard at Big Rock!

Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes!

Quick action by professional river guide quickly retrieved 2 rafters flipped overboard at Big Rock!

March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes. It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande.

The gorge has Class II to Class V white water rapids that are managed for recreation by The U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains two developed recreation areas along the river that include hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities. In New Mexico, The Rio Grande has two main sections for rafting near Taos: the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. The Taos Box, a more dramatic, deep canyon, is famous for its big, technical Class IV rapids, while the Racecourse Run is a Class III stretch better suited for first-time rafters and families.

The Rio Grande Gorge is a geological feature in northern New Mexico where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Beginning near the Colorado border, the approximately 50-mile gorge runs from northwest to southeast of Taos, New Mexico, through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. The gorge depth is 800 feet just south of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which spans the gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos.

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Rio Grande Gorge Whitewater Rafting Big Rock Section Race Course https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/07/rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-big-rock-section-race-course/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/07/rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-big-rock-section-race-course/#respond Sun, 07 Jul 2019 16:40:33 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1501 Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes! March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer […]

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Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes!

March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes. It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande.

The gorge has Class II to Class V white water rapids that are managed for recreation by The U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains two developed recreation areas along the river that include hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities. In New Mexico,

The Rio Grande has two main sections for rafting near Taos: the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. The Taos Box, a more dramatic, deep canyon, is famous for its big, technical Class IV rapids, while the Racecourse Run is a Class III stretch better suited for first-time rafters and families.

The Rio Grande Gorge is a geological feature in northern New Mexico where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Beginning near the Colorado border, the approximately 50-mile gorge runs from northwest to southeast of Taos, New Mexico, through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. The gorge depth is 800 feet just south of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which spans the gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos.

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Big Rock Race Course Whitewater Rafting Rio Grande Gorge https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/06/big-rock-race-course-whitewater-rafting-rio-grande-gorge/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/06/big-rock-race-course-whitewater-rafting-rio-grande-gorge/#respond Sat, 06 Jul 2019 15:23:13 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1497 The gorge has Class II to Class V white water rapids that are managed for recreation by The U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains two developed recreation areas along the river that include hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities. In New Mexico, The Rio Grande has two main sections for rafting near Taos: […]

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The gorge has Class II to Class V white water rapids that are managed for recreation by The U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains two developed recreation areas along the river that include hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities. In New Mexico, The Rio Grande has two main sections for rafting near Taos: the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. The Taos Box, a more dramatic, deep canyon, is famous for its big, technical Class IV rapids, while the Racecourse Run is a Class III stretch better suited for first-time rafters and families.

March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes. It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande.

The Rio Grande Gorge is a geological feature in northern New Mexico where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Beginning near the Colorado border, the approximately 50-mile gorge runs from northwest to southeast of Taos, New Mexico, through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. The gorge depth is 800 feet just south of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which spans the gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos.

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Rio Grande Gorge Whitewater Rafting Race Course Big Rock https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/05/rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-race-course-big-rock/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/05/rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-race-course-big-rock/#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 17:04:07 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1492 Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes! March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer […]

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Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes!

March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes. It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande.

The gorge has Class II to Class V white water rapids that are managed for recreation by The U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains two developed recreation areas along the river that include hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities. In New Mexico, The Rio Grande has two main sections for rafting near Taos: the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. The Taos Box, a more dramatic, deep canyon, is famous for its big, technical Class IV rapids, while the Racecourse Run is a Class III stretch better suited for first-time rafters and families.

The Rio Grande Gorge is a geological feature in northern New Mexico where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Beginning near the Colorado border, the approximately 50-mile gorge runs from northwest to southeast of Taos, New Mexico, through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. The gorge depth is 800 feet just south of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which spans the gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos.

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Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes!

March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes. It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande.

The gorge has Class II to Class V white water rapids that are managed for recreation by The U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM maintains two developed recreation areas along the river that include hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities. In New Mexico, The Rio Grande has two main sections for rafting near Taos: the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. The Taos Box, a more dramatic, deep canyon, is famous for its big, technical Class IV rapids, while the Racecourse Run is a Class III stretch better suited for first-time rafters and families.

The Rio Grande Gorge is a geological feature in northern New Mexico where the watercourse of the Rio Grande follows a tectonic chasm. Beginning near the Colorado border, the approximately 50-mile gorge runs from northwest to southeast of Taos, New Mexico, through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. The gorge depth is 800 feet just south of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which spans the gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos.

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Rio Grande Gorge Whitewater Rafting at Orilla Verde National Recreation Area https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/02/rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-at-orilla-verde-national-recreation-area/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/07/02/rio-grande-gorge-whitewater-rafting-at-orilla-verde-national-recreation-area/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2019 16:16:30 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1484 March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes. It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande. This Rio Grande rafting trip traverses the calm oxbows […]

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March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer long with the waves becoming technical maneuvers, around boulders, over drops and through tight squeezes.
It’s great family fun on a hot summer day rafting the cool waters of the Rio Grande.

This Rio Grande rafting trip traverses the calm oxbows of the Orilla Verde National Recreation Area. The open canyon allows scenic views of towering basalt cliffs, high desert ecosystems, a lush riverside habitat, Class II rapids, and swimming.

Several Class II rapids occur throughout the outing, in between calm stretches perfect for swimming. Float through the village of Pilar, New Mexico where you will observe a quiet zone to minimize the impact of the passage through this historic, small New Mexico community.

Meet at Pilar Cafe, located 16 miles south of Taos, New Mexico, on State Highway 68-mile marker 28), at 8:15 A.M. or 12:15 P.M.

The Orilla Verde Recreation Area is located within the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument and along the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande and within the steep-walled Rio Grande Gorge, the campgrounds in this area offer nearby access to the river. The elevation along the river is 6,100 feet and the steep canyon rises 800 feet from the river to the Gorge rim.

Gentle waters with occasional small rapids flow through Orilla Verde, providing an ideal setting for many recreational activities. Because of the dramatic changes in elevation and the diversity of plant life, Orilla Verde draws many species of animals, including raptors (such as eagles and hawks), songbirds, waterfowl, beaver, cougar, ringtail, mule deer, and more. The Rio Grande also has attracted humans since prehistoric times. Evidence of ancient peoples is found throughout the Recreation Area in the form of petroglyphs on the rocks and many other types of archaeological sites.

The canyon ecosystem descends 800 feet from rim to river, creating a unique diversity in plant and animal life. Ancient piсon and juniper forests include 500 year-old trees. Watchable wildlife opportunities include mule deer, red-tailed hawk, mountain blue-bird, and prairie dog. The climate is semi-arid with summer thunderstorms common in July and August, and snow possible from November through March. Summer temperatures range from 45 to 90F and in winter from -15 to 45F.

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Big Tesuque Creek Campground https://nmosg.com/nm-camping/2019/07/01/big-tesuque-creek-campground/ https://nmosg.com/nm-camping/2019/07/01/big-tesuque-creek-campground/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 19:23:02 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1480 Big Tesuque Creek is a walk in campground not conducive to trailer or RV campoing. There are 10 units, Picnic tables and grills, and Vaulted toilets in the parking lot. There is no potable water and no Campground Host. The entire area is very scenic, and NM 475 is also designated as the Santa Fe […]

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Big Tesuque Creek is a walk in campground not conducive to trailer or RV campoing.

There are 10 units, Picnic tables and grills, and Vaulted toilets in the parking lot.

There is no potable water and no Campground Host.

The entire area is very scenic, and NM 475 is also designated as the Santa Fe Scenic Byway. Because of the large stands of aspen, the area is very busy, especially in the fall aspen viewing season.

There are additional recreation opportunities along NM 475, both above and below Big Tesuque Campground, including hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and in the winter, both nordic and alpine skiing.

Tesuque is pronounced “Tess-U-key”

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Rio Grande Gorge – Taos Junction https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/06/29/rio-grande-gorge-taos-junction/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/06/29/rio-grande-gorge-taos-junction/#respond Sat, 29 Jun 2019 19:21:54 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1475 Approximately 15 miles south of Taos, New Mexico the Taos Junction is the nexus of the Rio Pueblo de Taos and Rio Grande. The Rio Grande Gorge Visitor’s Center is located in Pilar, NM, at the intersection of NM 570 and NM 68 the Visitor Center provides information about the recreation experiences to be had […]

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Approximately 15 miles south of Taos, New Mexico the Taos Junction is the nexus of the Rio Pueblo de Taos and Rio Grande.

The Rio Grande Gorge Visitor’s Center is located in Pilar, NM, at the intersection of NM 570 and NM 68 the Visitor Center provides information about the recreation experiences to be had in the area as well as about the geological and natural history of this diverse and interesting area. From May 1 through October, the Visitor Center is open 7 days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7 days per week. For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 575-751-4899, or the Taos Field Office at 575-758-8851.

Access to the Orilla Verde Recreation Area is provided by NM 570. The Visitor Center is located 1 mile south of the Recreation Area in the town of Pilar at the intersection of NM 570 and NM 68. The Recreation Area includes trails, seven campgrounds, boat launches, picnic tables, grills, drinking water, and restrooms. Two group shelters are available.

There are seven campgrounds with tables, fire grills, and restrooms. Four of the campgrounds also have drinking water and shelters available. Pilar Campground and Río Bravo Campground both have RV sites with water and electric hookup (no sewer). Pay showers are also available at Río Bravo Campground.

Group Shelters are available by reservation. Each group shelter accommodates up to 40 people. Fees for the group shelters are $30.00/day use and $40.00/overnight. For reservations, call 575-758-8851.

The Orilla Verde Recreation Area is located within the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument and along the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande and within the steep-walled Rio Grande Gorge, the campgrounds in this area offer nearby access to the river. The elevation along the river is 6,100 feet and the steep canyon rises 800 feet from the river to the Gorge rim.

Gentle waters with occasional small rapids flow through Orilla Verde, providing an ideal setting for many recreational activities. Because of the dramatic changes in elevation and the diversity of plant life, Orilla Verde draws many species of animals, including raptors (such as eagles and hawks), songbirds, waterfowl, beaver, cougar, ringtail, mule deer, and more. The Rio Grande also has attracted humans since prehistoric times. Evidence of ancient peoples is found throughout the Recreation Area in the form of petroglyphs on the rocks and many other types of archaeological sites.

The canyon ecosystem descends 800 feet from rim to river, creating a unique diversity in plant and animal life. Ancient piсon and juniper forests include 500 year-old trees. Watchable wildlife opportunities include mule deer, red-tailed hawk, mountain blue-bird, and prairie dog. The climate is semi-arid with summer thunderstorms common in July and August, and snow possible from November through March. Summer temperatures range from 45 to 90F and in winter from -15 to 45F.

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Santa Fe Southern Railway Number 93 https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/28/santa-fe-southern-railway-number-93/ https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/28/santa-fe-southern-railway-number-93/#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2019 19:19:41 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1471 Known world-wide as simply “the Santa Fe,” the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway came into its namesake city in 1880. The 120 year-old spur from Lamy to Santa Fe, the vintage railcars, and the charming California mission-style depot at 410 S. Guadalupe St., combine to make a charming slice of history. Every year, tens […]

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Known world-wide as simply “the Santa Fe,” the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway came into its namesake city in 1880.

The 120 year-old spur from Lamy to Santa Fe, the vintage railcars, and the charming California mission-style depot at 410 S. Guadalupe St., combine to make a charming slice of history. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors come to see, photograph and paint the old Santa Fe Depot and ride the train along the original high-desert route that carried early tourist adventurers, settlers, artists and scientists into the city.

For many visitors, the railway is the only thing they know about Santa Fe before they come here: they hum the 40’s swing song “The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe,” and they point excitedly to the familiar Santa Fe herald, the blue cross in the circle.

Since 1992, this rail line continues as the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a piece of living history – still carrying passengers through the high-desert beauty which is our home, and still carrying freight to serve the community. Like the Plaza, the Santa Fe Southern Railway, with it’s terminus at the old Santa Fe Depot, is an authentic, irreplaceable link to our City’s colorful past.

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Hiking Lamy Overlook Trail Santa Fe New Mexico Part 3 https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/01/hiking-lamy-overlook-trail-santa-fe-new-mexico-part-3/ https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/01/hiking-lamy-overlook-trail-santa-fe-new-mexico-part-3/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 23:01:11 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1460 Eldorado at Santa Fe 1 mile private trail to Lamy Overlook, a panoramic vista of historic Lamy, New Mexico and the Galesteo Basin, ancestral home to the Tano, East Rio Grande Keresan, Pecos and Tewa native Americans. Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) […]

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Eldorado at Santa Fe 1 mile private trail to Lamy Overlook, a panoramic vista of historic Lamy, New Mexico and the Galesteo Basin, ancestral home to the Tano, East Rio Grande Keresan, Pecos and Tewa native Americans.

Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) and opened to passengers in 1909. It replaced a two-story wood frame structure erected in 1881. When the new passenger station opened, the original was converted into a freight depot and served this purpose into the 1940s.

The Santa Fe originally planned to run from Atchison, Kan., to Santa Fe, N.M., and then west to California. As the track building advanced into New Mexico, the civil engineers realized that the terrain around Santa Fe made this an impossible undertaking. The line was built through Lamy instead, and a spur line was built northward to Santa Fe. Amtrak passengers headed to the state capital still alight at Lamy where a shuttle transports them the remaining 18 miles.

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Hiking Lamy Overlook Trail Santa Fe New Mexico Part 2 https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/01/hiking-lamy-overlook-trail-santa-fe-new-mexico-part-2/ https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/01/hiking-lamy-overlook-trail-santa-fe-new-mexico-part-2/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 21:15:07 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1457 Eldorado at Santa Fe 1 mile private trail to Lamy Overlook, a panoramic vista of historic Lamy, New Mexico and the Galesteo Basin, ancestral home to the Tano, East Rio Grande Keresan, Pecos and Tewa native Americans. Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) […]

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Eldorado at Santa Fe 1 mile private trail to Lamy Overlook, a panoramic vista of historic Lamy, New Mexico and the Galesteo Basin, ancestral home to the Tano, East Rio Grande Keresan, Pecos and Tewa native Americans.

Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) and opened to passengers in 1909. It replaced a two-story wood frame structure erected in 1881. When the new passenger station opened, the original was converted into a freight depot and served this purpose into the 1940s.

The Santa Fe originally planned to run from Atchison, Kan., to Santa Fe, N.M., and then west to California. As the track building advanced into New Mexico, the civil engineers realized that the terrain around Santa Fe made this an impossible undertaking. The line was built through Lamy instead, and a spur line was built northward to Santa Fe. Amtrak passengers headed to the state capital still alight at Lamy where a shuttle transports them the remaining 18 miles.

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Hiking Lamy Overlook Trail Santa Fe New Mexico Part 1 https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/01/hiking-lamy-overlook-trail-santa-fe-new-mexico-part-1/ https://nmosg.com/nm-hiking/2019/06/01/hiking-lamy-overlook-trail-santa-fe-new-mexico-part-1/#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 17:53:18 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1453 Eldorado at Santa Fe 1 mile private trail to Lamy Overlook, a panoramic vista of historic Lamy, New Mexico and the Galesteo Basin, ancestral home to the Tano.East Rio Grande Keresan, Pecos and Tewa native American tribes. Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) […]

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Eldorado at Santa Fe 1 mile private trail to Lamy Overlook, a panoramic vista of historic Lamy, New Mexico and the Galesteo Basin, ancestral home to the Tano.East Rio Grande Keresan, Pecos and Tewa native American tribes.

Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) and opened to passengers in 1909. It replaced a two-story wood frame structure erected in 1881. When the new passenger station opened, the original was converted into a freight depot and served this purpose into the 1940s.

The Santa Fe originally planned to run from Atchison, Kan., to Santa Fe, N.M., and then west to California. As the track building advanced into New Mexico, the civil engineers realized that the terrain around Santa Fe made this an impossible undertaking. The line was built through Lamy instead, and a spur line was built northward to Santa Fe. Amtrak passengers headed to the state capital still alight at Lamy where a shuttle transports them the remaining 18 miles.

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Lamy Overlook Trail https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/30/lamy-overlook-trail/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/30/lamy-overlook-trail/#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 18:41:31 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1449 Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) and opened to passengers in 1909. It replaced a two-story wood frame structure erected in 1881. When the new passenger station opened, the original was converted into a freight depot and served this purpose into the 1940s. […]

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Lamy depot was built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as the “Santa Fe”) and opened to passengers in 1909. It replaced a two-story wood frame structure erected in 1881. When the new passenger station opened, the original was converted into a freight depot and served this purpose into the 1940s.

The Santa Fe originally planned to run from Atchison, Kan., to Santa Fe, N.M., and then west to California. As the track building advanced into New Mexico, the civil engineers realized that the terrain around Santa Fe made this an impossible undertaking. The line was built through Lamy instead, and a spur line was built northward to Santa Fe. Amtrak passengers headed to the state capital still alight at Lamy where a shuttle transports them the remaining 18 miles.

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Rio Pecos Cowles Ponds Trout Fishing Public Access https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/05/29/rio-pecos-cowles-ponds-trout-fishing-public-access/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/05/29/rio-pecos-cowles-ponds-trout-fishing-public-access/#respond Wed, 29 May 2019 21:02:31 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1446 Cowles Ponds are right next to the Pecos River and are surrounded by coniferous forests and grassy meadows. There are 2 ponds, a larger one, which was dredged and deepened in 2011, and is available to all anglers with a current NM fishing license, and a smaller pond open only to those 12 years of […]

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Cowles Ponds are right next to the Pecos River and are surrounded by coniferous forests and grassy meadows.

There are 2 ponds, a larger one, which was dredged and deepened in 2011, and is available to all anglers with a current NM fishing license, and a smaller pond open only to those 12 years of age and under and persons with disabilities. Both ponds are stocked periodically by the NMDGF with Brown and Rainbow Trout.

The Pecos River originates in 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico and flows into Texas, emptying into the Rio Grande at Lake Amistad. Its headwaters are on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in Mora County north of Pecos, NM, at an elevation of over 12,000 feet feet.

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Rio Pecos Terrero Bridge Trout Fly Fishing Public Access https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/05/26/rio-pecos-terrero-bridge-trout-fly-fishing-public-access/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/05/26/rio-pecos-terrero-bridge-trout-fly-fishing-public-access/#respond Sun, 26 May 2019 19:43:46 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1439 Rio Pecos Fly Fishing 05-23-2019 Tererro is an unincorporated community located in San Miguel County, New Mexico. The community is located on New Mexico State Road 63 11.6 miles north of Pecos, NM. Tererro has a post office and General Store. A convenience store, 14 miles up the Pecos Canyon from the town of Pecos […]

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Rio Pecos Fly Fishing 05-23-2019

Tererro is an unincorporated community located in San Miguel County, New Mexico. The community is located on New Mexico State Road 63 11.6 miles north of Pecos, NM. Tererro has a post office and General Store.

Rio Pecos Fly Fishing

A convenience store, 14 miles up the Pecos Canyon from the town of Pecos New Mexico, in the Santa Fe National Forest. They sell groceries, camping, & fishing supplies, and have incredible hummingbird watching!

The Pecos River, Rio Pecos, originates in 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico and flows into Texas, emptying into the Rio Grande at Lake Amistad. Its headwaters are on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in Mora County north of Pecos, NM, at an elevation of over 12,000 feet feet.

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Rio Pecos Fly Fishing Upper Dalton Public Fishing Access https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/05/25/rio-pecos-fly-fishing-upper-dalton-public-fishing-access/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/05/25/rio-pecos-fly-fishing-upper-dalton-public-fishing-access/#respond Sat, 25 May 2019 23:00:47 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1434 Rio Pecos Fly Fishing Rio Pecos trout fly fishing public access. Six miles north of Pecos, New Mexico on NM highway 63. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, camping and backpacking. The Rio Pecos originates in 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico and flows into Texas, emptying into the Rio Grande at Lake Amistad. Its headwaters […]

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Rio Pecos trout fly fishing public access.

Six miles north of Pecos, New Mexico on NM highway 63. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, camping and backpacking.

The Rio Pecos originates in 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico and flows into Texas, emptying into the Rio Grande at Lake Amistad. Its headwaters are on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in Mora County north of Pecos, NM, at an elevation of over 12,000 feet feet.

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Galesteo Basin Preserve Cottonwood Trailhead Wash https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/25/galesteo-basin-preserve-cottonwood-trailhead-wash/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/25/galesteo-basin-preserve-cottonwood-trailhead-wash/#respond Sat, 25 May 2019 20:01:39 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1431 Galesteo Basin Preserve Over the past 15 years, Galesteo Basin Preserve Commonweal Conservancy has constructed the largest publicly-accessible, privately-owned trail network in the American Southwest. The GBP trails gracefully traverse the savannah grasslands, sandstone ridge lines and arroyos of an iconic landscape in northern New Mexico. With support from donors to the $1.4M Stewardship. Campaign, […]

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Over the past 15 years, Galesteo Basin Preserve Commonweal Conservancy has constructed the largest publicly-accessible, privately-owned trail network in the American Southwest. The GBP trails gracefully traverse the savannah grasslands, sandstone ridge lines and arroyos of an iconic landscape in northern New Mexico. With support from donors to the $1.4M Stewardship. Campaign, an additional 22 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails are planned for development during the next four years.

The trails of the Galesteo Basin Preserve are celebrated by residents and visitors as a place of refuge and inspiration. The broad extent and diversity of the GBP trails invite day-long excursions and short-form wandering. It’s a place for people and wildlife. A place for well-behaved dogs and respectful equestrians and cyclists.

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The Galisteo Basin Preserve is a conservation-based community development located 14 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Embracing nearly 10,000 acres of sculpted arroyos, craggy sandstone formations and vast savannah grasslands, the preserve is place of refuge and sustenance for wildlife and people.

With more than 28 miles of publicly-accessible trails open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, the Galisteo Basin Preserve is beloved and actively enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors. It is a place of community and quiet reflection: a place of renewal and inspiration.

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17-mile Santa Fe Rail Trail follows the old Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line, beginning in the Railyard park in downtown Santa Fe and continuing along the tracks to Highway 285 through El Dorado to Lamy, incorporating urban, suburban and rural characteristics. Beyond the capital city, it runs along hilly, red-dirt terrain among a countryside of Pinon Pine, yucca and green junipers.

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The Santa Fe Rail-Trail offers a flat, if jolty, journey. It’s paved and accessible between the Railyard and Rabbit Road. Beyond that it’s unimproved.

A few steep climbs, arroyos (dried creek beds) from rain run-off cutting gulches across the surface and “goathead” sandspurs lurking in the soil produce plenty of hang-on-to-your-britches moments.

Some stretches, like near Rabbit Road, are particularly bumpy, making it mostly used by mountain bikers. Be warned, however, a little rain can change the trail in minutes and make for a soupy ride if you’re caught in it.

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Hiking Santa Fe Rail Trail Seton Village Tunnel https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/21/hiking-santa-fe-rail-trail-seton-village-tunnel/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/21/hiking-santa-fe-rail-trail-seton-village-tunnel/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 22:32:50 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1412 Seton Village is a National Historic Landmark District in a rural residential area south of Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. It encompasses a residential settlement and educational facility established in 1930 by Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946), an educator and conservationist best known as a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. The […]

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New Mexico Outdoor Sports Guide

Seton Village is a National Historic Landmark District in a rural residential area south of Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. It encompasses a residential settlement and educational facility established in 1930 by Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946), an educator and conservationist best known as a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. The district includes the remains of Seton’s 32-room home and other residential and educational buildings constructed mostly between 1930 and 1945. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

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Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: #7 Pick Up and Lay Down https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/10/fly-fusion-cast-like-a-pro-series-7-pick-up-and-lay-down/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/05/10/fly-fusion-cast-like-a-pro-series-7-pick-up-and-lay-down/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 16:24:40 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1408 Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips.

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Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips.

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Need a Spring Break from Shredding the Gnar? https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/04/16/need-a-spring-break-from-shredding-the-gnar/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/04/16/need-a-spring-break-from-shredding-the-gnar/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:26:02 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1402 Mohave County AZ is great winter 4 wheeling with hundreds of miles of old wagon trails and mines to explore. Tired of 4 wheeling Lake Mohave, Lake Havasu, Lake Mead and the Colorado River are nearby for boating and fishing fun.

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Mohave County AZ is great winter 4 wheeling with hundreds of miles of old wagon trails and mines to explore. Tired of 4 wheeling Lake Mohave, Lake Havasu, Lake Mead and the Colorado River are nearby for boating and fishing fun.

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New Mexico Game and Fish Investigates Fish Die Off in Pecos River https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/03/25/new-mexico-game-and-fish-investigates-fish-die-off-in-pecos-river/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/03/25/new-mexico-game-and-fish-investigates-fish-die-off-in-pecos-river/#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:35:08 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1393 SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles. The die off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late […]

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New Mexico Game and Fish

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles. The die off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall. Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout. The department expects more fish to die through the fall as brown trout undergo spawning stress and flows continue to be very low.

Fish that are caught using legal fishing equipment are safe to consume; however, it is not recommended to collect and consume fish that are dead or dying.

If you see fish die offs, please contact the department immediately at (888) 248-6866.

The department will continue to evaluate waters statewide and will stock fish in waters that remain healthy for the fish. Waters that have been affected by die offs will be restocked when water conditions are suitable.

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The Enchanted Circle https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/03/17/the-enchanted-circle/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/03/17/the-enchanted-circle/#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:32:58 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1384 New Mexico has long been known as The Land of Enchantment, so it’s only fitting that this designated scenic byway be called the Enchanted Circle. Explore the picturesque 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa and national forestland—all unique to Northern New Mexico—plus multiple enchanting community destinations full of fun seasonal activities and annual events. The […]

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New Mexico

New Mexico has long been known as The Land of Enchantment, so it’s only fitting that this designated scenic byway be called the Enchanted Circle. Explore the picturesque 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa and national forestland—all unique to Northern New Mexico—plus multiple enchanting community destinations full of fun seasonal activities and annual events.

New Mexico Camping

The Enchanted Circle is centered around Wheeler Peak at 13,159 feet, the highest point in the state. Culture and outdoor recreation are abundant around the Enchanted Circle, so hit the road and get ready to discover what makes this region so captivating.

The Land of Enchantment – New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle

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Fly Fishing for Trout in the Pristine Waters of Chimehuin River https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/03/15/fly-fishing-for-trout-in-the-pristine-waters-of-chimehuin-river/ https://nmosg.com/nm-fly-fishing/2019/03/15/fly-fishing-for-trout-in-the-pristine-waters-of-chimehuin-river/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:09:05 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1382 Catch and release is the custom in Patagonia. Photo: Tipiliuke Lodge Should you wish to master the art of fly fishing in Patagonia, it’s worth remembering this: “There is nowhere in fly fishing for you to drink beer.” Fishing guide Adrian Cataldi tells me this, and Cataldi should know; for there is no more seasoned fly […]

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New Mexico Fly Fishing

Catch and release is the custom in Patagonia. Photo: Tipiliuke Lodge

Should you wish to master the art of fly fishing in Patagonia, it’s worth remembering this: “There is nowhere in fly fishing for you to drink beer.” Fishing guide Adrian Cataldi tells me this, and Cataldi should know; for there is no more seasoned fly fisherman in all of Argentina.

There’s also no more patient fisherman in Argentina. For it’s Cataldi’s job to take guests like me – novices who think they know how to catch fish because they’ve, on occasion, hooked one trolling from the back of a boat – into the wilds of Patagonia to show them that they know nothing about fishing.

“Think of fly fishing as hunting, not as fishing,” he advises as we push our way through pretty yellow willow on the banks of the slow-moving Chimehuin River, here in the Lakes District of Argentina.

The sky’s enormous, so bulging with blue it looks purple, and on days like this I wonder if it’s ever known clouds. Across the bleached-blond steppes, the snow-capped Andes rise to the heavens, conveniently creating a border with Chile.

The Chimehuin is so clear you’d call it transparent. No-one is permitted to travel on it under motor: fishermen must either wade from its bank or float down it. And it’s catch-and-release in these parts of the world, so the water below my feet is actually wriggling with fish.

This northern region of Patagonia is widely regarded as the river trout capital of the world. But while most international travellers will stay in lodges near the city of Bariloche, some of the most interesting lodges – and the best trout fishing – can be found a couple of hours north. And nowhere’s more interesting than Tipiliuke.

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I’m driven to it along a dirt road which cuts its way through the foothills of the Andes after landing at St Martin’s tiny airport. I pass cowboys (gauchos) on horseback, some of whom have worked this cattle estancia for three generations. Set across 20,000 hectares of radically undulating pasture land, the lodge here is petite by Argentinian standards: nine rooms are set around a communal dining room and bar which look out through french windows to an English-style garden.

While the fishing on site is considered by many as the best in northern Patagonia, there’s more to do here. On arrival, I’m given a horse to ride and am sent out with gauchos to check the cattle (there are 4000 here). The gauchos can’t speak much English, so it gives me time to observe the silence, and the Andean condors (the world’s second-largest bird) looping in the thermals above.

Next morning I’m driven a short distance south to Argentina’s best new golf course, Chapelco Golf & Resort, designed by Jack Nicklaus (who stayed at Tipiliuke … to fish). Its 18 holes look out across the Andes with fairways set between gigantic Oregon pines and freshwater lakes.

In the evenings, when my activities are done, I sit outside with the other guests watching dinner get barbecued and drinking local malbec till the stars come out. In these balmy summer months it won’t get dark till 10, then we lie on blankets on the lawn and watch the stars shoot across the night sky.

And as for the fishing? Well, there’s sure a lot to learn: I discover fly fishing’s best done with a wrist that won’t move and a line which never stops. Cataldi tells me even the worst fisherman on earth can catch 10 trout at Tipiliuke. He says these rivers (the Quilquihue also runs across the property) are so full of trout they jump onto your line.

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New Mexico Camping and Hiking The Wild Rivers Recreation Area – Questa, NM https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/14/new-mexico-camping-and-hiking-the-wild-rivers-recreation-area-questa-nm/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/14/new-mexico-camping-and-hiking-the-wild-rivers-recreation-area-questa-nm/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 22:28:04 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1369 Looking for a great trail in Wild Rivers Recreation Area, New Mexico? Wild Rivers has 6 great hiking trails, river trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate […]

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Looking for a great trail in Wild Rivers Recreation Area, New Mexico? Wild Rivers has 6 great hiking trails, river trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you.

New Mexico Camping

Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Wild Rivers Recreation Area ranging from 0.9 to 6.1 miles and from 6,784 to 7,519 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you’ll be out on the trail in no time!

The Wild Rivers Recreation Area has been set aside to allow visitors to experience the beauty of two national Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by Congress. Here the Rio Grande and Red River are preserved in their natural, free-flowing state for present and future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

Rio Grande Gorge Wild Rivers Questa New Mexico

The Rio Grande or “Great River” has sliced an 800-foot deep volcanic canyon through the high plains of northern New Mexico, rich with history, rugged beauty, and exciting recreational opportunities. This natural wonder is intensively used, yet 90 percent remains in a natural condition; the other 10 percent is developed for concentrated recreational use. Whitewater access draws visitors to the riverbank.

New Mexico Kayaking

The Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway, winding its way along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, offers access to spectacular overlooks, including the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande at La Junta Point — possibly the most dramatic vista statewide, and it is wheelchair accessible.

New Mexico Hiking

The canyon ecosystem descends 800 feet from rim to river, creating a unique diversity in plant and animal life. Ancient pinon and juniper forests are home to 500 year-old trees. Watchable wildlife opportunities include mule deer, red-tailed hawk, mountain blue-bird, and prairie dog.

New Mexico Fly Fishing

The climate is semi-arid with summer thunderstorms common in July and August, and snow possible from November through March. Summer temperatures range from 45 to 90F and in winter from -15 to 45F.

Wild Rivers Recreation Area – Questa, NM

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Brantley Lake State Park – Carlsbad, NM https://nmosg.com/nm-state-parks/2019/03/14/brantley-lake-state-park-carlsbad-nm/ https://nmosg.com/nm-state-parks/2019/03/14/brantley-lake-state-park-carlsbad-nm/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:53:52 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1365 The southernmost lake in New Mexico is an oasis of water, wildlife, plant life, gorgeous sunsets and stunning night skies. Located twelve miles North of Carlsbad, NM, the park offers boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, exceptional bird watching, developed and primitive campsites and restrooms with showers. Whether you’re picnicking for the day, or camping […]

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The southernmost lake in New Mexico is an oasis of water, wildlife, plant life, gorgeous sunsets and stunning night skies. Located twelve miles North of Carlsbad, NM, the park offers boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, exceptional bird watching, developed and primitive campsites and restrooms with showers. Whether you’re picnicking for the day, or camping in your RV for a week, you’ll be sure to find adventure at Brantley Lake State Park!

Park Elevation 3,295 ft

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Bottomless Lakes State Park – Roswell NM https://nmosg.com/nm-state-parks/2019/03/14/bottomless-lakes-state-park-roswell-nm/ https://nmosg.com/nm-state-parks/2019/03/14/bottomless-lakes-state-park-roswell-nm/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:37:09 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1359 Located just 14 miles southeast of Roswell, Bottomless Lakes State Park is your place for bottomless fun! Enjoy non-motorized boating in your kayak or canoe, camp, fish, picnic, swim, hike, go birding or even scuba dive! The unique lakes at this park are sinkholes, ranging from 17 to 90 feet deep. The greenish-blue color created […]

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Located just 14 miles southeast of Roswell, Bottomless Lakes State Park is your place for bottomless fun! Enjoy non-motorized boating in your kayak or canoe, camp, fish, picnic, swim, hike, go birding or even scuba dive! The unique lakes
at this park are sinkholes, ranging from 17 to 90 feet deep. The greenish-blue color created by aquatic plants is what gives the lakes the illusion of great depth.

Park Elevation 3,617 ft

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Bluewater Lake State Park – Prewitt, NM https://nmosg.com/nm-state-parks/2019/03/14/bluewater-lake-state-park-prewitt-nm/ https://nmosg.com/nm-state-parks/2019/03/14/bluewater-lake-state-park-prewitt-nm/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:01:31 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1351 This serene lake, located 25 miles west of Grants, is set in a pinon-juniper landscape with views towards the Zuni Mountains. The park offers camping, hiking, birding, horseback riding and fishing. And not just any fishing – you’ll find some of the best tiger muskie fishing at Bluewater Lake! Park Elevation 7,554 ft Activities Boating: […]

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This serene lake, located 25 miles west of Grants, is set in a pinon-juniper landscape with views towards the Zuni Mountains. The park offers camping, hiking, birding, horseback riding and fishing. And not just any fishing – you’ll find some of the best tiger muskie fishing at Bluewater Lake!

Park Elevation 7,554 ft

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    • Personal Watercraft
    • Sailing
    • Water Skiing
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Rio Chama Canyon Whitewater Rafting on a New Mexico River Adventures Trip https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/03/08/rio-chama-canyon-whitewater-rafting-on-a-new-mexico-river-adventures-trip/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/03/08/rio-chama-canyon-whitewater-rafting-on-a-new-mexico-river-adventures-trip/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 20:10:44 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1346 New Mexico River Adventures offers River Rafting, Kayaking, and Canoeing all over New Mexico. You can choose from our short single-day excursions, multiday adventures, or customize your own trip! New Mexico River Adventures specializes in Outdoor Adventures including Whitewater River Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Outfitting and Peak Climbing in the New […]

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New Mexico River Adventures offers River Rafting, Kayaking, and Canoeing all over New Mexico. You can choose from our short single-day excursions, multiday adventures, or customize your own trip! New Mexico River Adventures specializes in Outdoor Adventures including Whitewater River Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Outfitting and Peak Climbing in the New Mexico area and around the world.

New Mexico Whitewater Rafting

We are recognized within the Santa Fe rafting and Taos rafting community as being the swiftwater safety specialists and in fact provide the area’s river rescue and whitewater guide training. And, we are also known for having fun, highly-trained guides.

Rio Chama Canyon Whitewater Rafting

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Whitewater Rafting the Rio Grande New Mexico https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/03/08/whitewater-rafting-the-rio-grande-new-mexico/ https://nmosg.com/nm-whitewater-rafting/2019/03/08/whitewater-rafting-the-rio-grande-new-mexico/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:09:19 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1340 Rafting took a turn when we climbed “The Super Dome” and took a good spill. We were looking for an adventure and we sure as hell got it. Our awesome guide got the boat flipped upright and everyone safely back on board in no time. Thanks for the adventure, Josh! Shot on a GoPro Hero3+ […]

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Rafting took a turn when we climbed “The Super Dome” and took a good spill. We were looking for an adventure and we sure as hell got it. Our awesome guide got the boat flipped upright and everyone safely back on board in no time. Thanks for the adventure, Josh! Shot on a GoPro Hero3+ 720p @ 120fps

Summer, an ideal season for Mountain Vacations at one of our many State and National Parks, Hiking, Camping, Fly Fishing, Bass FishingMountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Whitewater Rafting and exploring Native American Historical Sites.  Spectacular mountain and desert vistas, tranquil mountain streams and lakes to sooth the soul.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Skiing, Hunting and Outdoor Sports Guide, Fly Fishing Lodges, Guides, Guest Ranches and Resorts can enter information about their facilities free of charge.

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Racecourse at 600 cfs – July 21

New Mexico offers the outdoor enthusiast an abundance of year round mountain vacation and outdoor recreational opportunities.  New Mexico FishingHikingCampingKayakingCanoeingSkiingHuntingand Outdoor Sports.

New Mexico Kayaking

Summer, an ideal season for Mountain Vacations at one of our many State and National Parks, Hiking, Camping, Fly Fishing, Bass FishingMountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Whitewater Rafting and exploring Native American Historical Sites.  Spectacular mountain and desert vistas, tranquil mountain streams and lakes to sooth the soul.

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New Mexico Firearm Sale Background Check https://nmosg.com/nm-outdoor-news/2019/03/08/new-mexico-firearm-sale-background-check/ https://nmosg.com/nm-outdoor-news/2019/03/08/new-mexico-firearm-sale-background-check/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 17:54:34 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1330 A petition effort is underway in order that “we the people” can overturn and suspend Senate Bill 8, “Firearm Sale Background Check”.  Click on the link and sign up to receive a petition so that you can collect signatures.  As soon as the official petition is available from the NM Secretary of State, it will […]

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A petition effort is underway in order that “we the people” can overturn and suspend Senate Bill 8, “Firearm Sale Background Check”.  Click on the link and sign up to receive a petition so that you can collect signatures.  As soon as the official petition is available from the NM Secretary of State, it will be sent out.  The Governor has made it clear that she intends to sign the bill, so let’s overturn SB 8!
 
Background:  Article IV of the NM Constitution allows for petition drives in order to overturn legislation passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor.  With sufficient signatures, the issue will be placed on the next general election ballot and “we the people” will decide.
 
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New Mexico’s Mountains https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/05/new-mexicos-mountains/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/05/new-mexicos-mountains/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 04:57:24 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1325 Mountain ranges shape and define the landscape of New Mexico, contributing to the state’s natural beauty. Although we don’t have any fourteeners like our neighbor, Colorado, we come pretty close. Whether you’re interested in scaling New Mexico’s peaks or just want to admire them, here are some of the best mountains that our state has […]

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Mountain ranges shape and define the landscape of New Mexico, contributing to the state’s natural beauty. Although we don’t have any fourteeners like our neighbor, Colorado, we come pretty close. Whether you’re interested in scaling New Mexico’s peaks or just want to admire them, here are some of the best mountains that our state has to offer.

Wheeler Peak, 13,166 feet

The tallest mountain in New Mexico is Wheeler Peak. Located near Taos, it belongs to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The latter is the southernmost range in the Rockies.

Truchas Peak, 13,107 feet

Truchas Peak is also in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in the Pecos Wilderness Area. Driving along the High Road to Taos affords you great views of its summit.

Jicarita Peak, 12,840 feet

Another highlight of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is Jicarita Peak. A rough map, discovered on the bodies of two dead prospectors, launched rumors that there is a gold mine hidden somewhere up here.

Santa Fe Baldy, 12,622

This is the last of the Sangre de Cristo peaks on this list. While this range is interesting for its youth—in geological terms, 30 million years is the new 30—and because it continues to rise, there are many other dramatic ranges in New Mexico to cover.

Sierra Blanca Peak, 11,977 feet

SIerra Blanca, in the Sacramento Mountains near Capitan, scores the title of highest peak in the southern half of New Mexico. It also has the highest prominence in the state, so it appears particularly impressive!

Chicoma Mountain, 11,561 feet

Chicoma Mountain is part of the Jemez Mountains, and is located in the southern portion of the Rockies, near Espanola.

Mount Taylor, 11,306 feet

This extinct volcano is near the town of Grants, in the San Mateo Mountains. It’s one of four mountains that the Navajo hold sacred.

Whitewater Baldy, 10,899 feet

Whitewater Baldy is formed from volcanic matter and, despite its name, this peak is not actually bare. It’s located in Gila National Forest, near Glenwood.

Sandia Crest 10,682 feet

Sandia Crest towers over Albuquerque, providing panoramic vistas of the city. If skiing’s your thing, you can use the Sandia Peak webcam to check on conditions before leaving the comfort of your home.

Capitan Peak, 10,086 feet

Unlike most of New Mexico’s ranges the Capitan Mountains, near the town of the same name, run from east to west. In 1950, an injured bear cub was found in the mountains following a forest fire. You probably know him as Smokey Bear!

Ladron Peak, 9143 feet

Ladron Peak, situated in the small mountain range known as the Sierra Ladrones, dominates the landscape near Socorro.

Organ Needle, 8980 feet

The Organ Needle is the tallest part of the Organ Mountains, which are named for the instrument that the steep peaks resemble. In 2014, this area became a national monument, encompassing 500,000 acres of land near Las Cruces.

Big Hatchet Peak, 8356 feet

Head to Big Hatchet Peak if you want to get away from it all. Close to both the Texan and Mexican borders, this peak feels both remote and rugged.

Florida Peak, 7448 feet

Since the desert around nearby Deming is flat, Florida Peak appears grander than its elevation suggests.

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Chama Train – Cumbres & Toltec https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/04/chama-train-cumbres-toltec/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/04/chama-train-cumbres-toltec/#respond Mon, 04 Mar 2019 20:29:22 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1319 Climb aboard our National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile day trip you’ll never forget. Our coal-fired steam engine carries you through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Open your eyes to spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from […]

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Climb aboard our National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile day trip you’ll never forget. Our coal-fired steam engine carries you through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Open your eyes to spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from our train’s unique route. Ride in the Victorian elegance of our deluxe parlor car or choose the budget-friendly coach car. Either way, a delicious buffet lunch is included. Trains depart daily from Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. A luxury motor coach chauffeurs you back to your starting point at the end of the ride.

“USA Today 10Best” readers say that the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the best train ride in North America as well as the top attraction in both New Mexico and Colorado. Traveling for 64-miles between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO, this is the longest and highest steam railroad in the nation and the most scenic; crossing the border of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times as it chugs its way up and over 10,015 foot high Cumbres Pass.

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The Mountain Lakes of Northern New Mexico https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/03/the-mountain-lakes-of-northern-new-mexico/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/03/03/the-mountain-lakes-of-northern-new-mexico/#respond Sun, 03 Mar 2019 19:05:30 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1316 I took these photos of lakes high in the mountains of northern New Mexico over the last ten years. I share them here to inspire awe and wonder at the beauty of Nature. My hope in doing so is that you will be inspired to care for Mother Earth – and one another. There is […]

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I took these photos of lakes high in the mountains of northern New Mexico over the last ten years. I share them here to inspire awe and wonder at the beauty of Nature.

My hope in doing so is that you will be inspired to care for Mother Earth – and one another.

There is little time left for humanity to wake up to the problems we are causing on this magnificent blue planet. “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” – Henry David Thoreaux

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Shiprock New Mexico by Drone https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/02/24/shiprock-new-mexico-by-drone/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/02/24/shiprock-new-mexico-by-drone/#respond Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:29:40 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1305 Shiprock New Mexico is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level. It lies about 10.75 miles southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.

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Shiprock New Mexico is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level. It lies about 10.75 miles southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.

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Best of New Mexico by Drone https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/02/24/best-of-new-mexico-by-drone/ https://nmosg.com/new-mexico-videos/2019/02/24/best-of-new-mexico-by-drone/#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:24:49 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1301 A compilation of my aerial filming of New Mexico. Includes Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Abiquiu, White Sands, Santa Fe National Forest, Aspen Vista, Chama, Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, Sandia Peak, Wagon Wheel, Pecos National Forest.

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A compilation of my aerial filming of New Mexico. Includes Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Abiquiu, White Sands, Santa Fe National Forest, Aspen Vista, Chama, Cumbres & Toltec Railroad, Sandia Peak, Wagon Wheel, Pecos National Forest.

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Authentic Navajo Rugs from Taos Trading Post https://nmosg.com/product-reviews/2019/02/20/authentic-navajo-rugs-from-taos-trading-post/ https://nmosg.com/product-reviews/2019/02/20/authentic-navajo-rugs-from-taos-trading-post/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:52:43 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1296 Authentic Navajo Rugs, Blankets and Weavings A good quality authentic Navajo rug is an heirloom investment, and will increase in value. Taos Trading Post does not trade antique Navajo weavings or museum quality Navajo tapestries of 80 or more wefts per running inch; either commanding up to $10,000 or more. Our strategy, is to cater […]

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Authentic Navajo Rugs, Blankets and Weavings
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A good quality authentic Navajo rug is an heirloom investment, and will increase in value. Taos Trading Post does not trade antique Navajo weavings or museum quality Navajo tapestries of 80 or more wefts per running inch; either commanding up to $10,000 or more. Our strategy, is to cater to the average buyer; we specialize in the acquisition and sale of contemporary authentic high quality good to fine Navajo rugs or weavings. We include our pledge, a Navajo Native American Indian Certificate of Authenticity, with every Navajo rug we sell.

Our Navajo rugs, blankets and weaving selections are frequently updated, so if you visit our website and some of our rugs are sold, or you don’t see precisely the rug you are looking for, revisit us in a week. We are continually acquiring fresh and exceptional Navajo weavings. We regularly visit the Navajo reservation; and to ensure our quality remains superior, personally evaluate the Navajo rugs, blankets and weavings, we duly select.

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We refer to the contemporary Navajo weavings we market as Navajo rugs, weavings and Navajo blankets; some people also describe Navajo weavings as wall hangings, or saddle blankets. We understand that to be precise, contemporary Navajo weavings are not blankets, since weaving of Navajo blankets was progressively replaced by the weaving of rugs between 1890 and 1920. Given that some buyers use the term Navajo blankets while shopping for contemporary Navajo weavings, we will continue to embrace this term.

Experts assert prices for good quality Navajo weavings increased 700% from the mid 1960’s to mid 1980’s, and over the past 20 years, is increasing by 10 to 20% per year. Navajo rugs, blankets and weavings have been in existence for approximately 300 years. Unquestionable, Navajo weaving will undergo further change, and one possibility is a decline. The more optimistic view is that this Navajo art is on the threshold of widespread public acceptance for what it is, an art form. Today, Navajo rug production is high, the quality is excellent and rug prices continue to climb. It is our hope this pattern continues, and Americanization will not someday be the demise of Navajo weaving. In either event, buying a Navajo rug is a good investment.

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As an alternative to authentic Navajo weavings, we also offer Navajo rug replicas made either in Mexico by Zapotec weavers, or in India by Tibetan-Nepalese weavers. We recognize although some buyers appreciate the Navajo style and design, the cost is prohibitive. They choose to decorate attractively but more affordably. Understanding this market, our trips to Mexico, provide the ideal occasion to look in on local market places, trading the traditional southwest and Navajo design rug art of the Zapotec weavers from surrounding villages. These Indian, southwest and Mexican Zapotec rugs are not a threat to the unique consummate Navajo rug, but an alternative; and upon close at hand examination, are easily differentiated from authentic Navajo rugs, weavings and Navajo blankets. These replicas contain the classic colors and do; moreover, introduce the Southwest Indian atmosphere to your home, but at a fraction of the cost.

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White Sands National Park Alamogordo, NM https://nmosg.com/nm-national-parks/2019/02/20/white-sands-national-park-alamogordo-nm/ https://nmosg.com/nm-national-parks/2019/02/20/white-sands-national-park-alamogordo-nm/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:20:11 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1281 Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, […]

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Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Jemez Springs, NM https://nmosg.com/nm-national-parks/2019/02/20/valles-caldera-national-preserve-jemez-springs-nm/ https://nmosg.com/nm-national-parks/2019/02/20/valles-caldera-national-preserve-jemez-springs-nm/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:16:08 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1277 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. Visit Valles Caldera National […]

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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.

Visit Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Park Mountainair, NM https://nmosg.com/nm-national-parks/2019/02/20/salinas-pueblo-missions-national-park-mountainair-nm/ https://nmosg.com/nm-national-parks/2019/02/20/salinas-pueblo-missions-national-park-mountainair-nm/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:09:41 +0000 https://nmosg.com/?p=1273 Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The three sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history. A time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict, and struggles. The now abandoned sites stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo People’s early encounters. Salinas Pueblo Missions National […]

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Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The three sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history. A time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict, and struggles. The now abandoned sites stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo People’s early encounters.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Park

Visit Salinas Pueblo Missions National Park

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