Great outdoors
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The first time I got really up close and personal with an elk was in the middle of the night on State Road 522 between Costilla and El Rito. The second time I got up close and personal with an elk was 5 miles south on the very same road. more
With warmers days and spring approaching, the hunt is on to find nearby trails that are not too muddy or too snowy to traverse.  You might consider the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Questa … more
If fire was a big deal when Firewise was created over 30 years ago, today that concern is magnified by multitudes. And regardless of the debate about building homes in fire-prone forests, the vast majority of development in states like New Mexico in the coming decades is expected to happen in the wildland-urban interface. more
It’s toasty warm inside my car when I pull over on the side of the icy road and kill the engine. My dog is whimpering with excitement as she looks out at the fields of snow. She wants to run … more
The mud stuck and turned black beneath head ranger Wayne Vigil’s cowboy boots as he strode up the steep, quarter-mile trail to Nambé Falls. The narrow path was composed of the same clay-like … more
The sun was still a ways below the eastern horizon when a small gathering of people — mostly scientists and game warden types — gathered at the snowy, silent edge of the Río Grande Gorge. Day began to break. Definition returned to the landscape … more
To wake up on a sunny morning at Trampas Lakes is to start the day amid some of the most glorious natural beauty in Northern New Mexico. The two lakes sit at the base of the towering Truchas Peaks, which extend beyond 13,000 feet in elevation. more
The Carson National Forest that surrounds Taos is home to many tantalizing reminders of early Taos history. The mountains near the Taos Ski Valley holds ruins of gold mines, mills and old cabins. Many of their stories are lost as the structures deteriorate and return to the earth. A few of these historical structures are being preserved for the future. more
Watching your dog run happily through the woods can be one of life's great pleasures. However, your freedom and that of your dog has to be balanced with various rules … more
By the time Mikah Meyer's Ford van crossed the Gorge Bridge in Taos -- a span of concrete and steel standing more than 500 feet above the Río Grande -- the 31-year-old singer had already seen vast … more
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