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Glowing red and burnt orange cliffs rise high above the valley at Ghost Ranch. These shining stones define the basin called the Piedra Lumbre. In this dramatic landscape, Ghost Ranch hosts retreats … more
A total solar eclipse is coming up next month. I am really, really thrilled. Here's why. more
Aside from the smell of roasting green chiles carried on the wind, nothing serves as a harbinger of the coming New Mexico autumn quite like the arrival in astrology of Virgo, the wheat-laden maiden. more
Light and dark, warm and cold, this and that. Now is the season of Libra, the constellation of "the scales" and the balance they can represent. In the 12-sign zodiac - the band of sky … more
During the summer months, the mountains around Taos explode with colorful wildflowers. As you hike along the trails, you may see yellow, purple and pink blooms in an amazing range of shapes and sizes. If you really slow down and look, you may notice even more flowers and learn something about nature, too. more
Charging down the mountain on two-wheeled beasts, armored up in full-body pads and covered in mud are downhill riders from Angel Fire’s biking trails. When the snow melts and the … more
  Welcome to winter and the season of Capricorn, our sky's very own sea-goat. When your best friend says to you, "I'm totally a Capricorn," they are almost always referring to their "sun … more
A total solar eclipse is coming up next month.I am really, really thrilled. Here's why. During a solar eclipse, the moon maneuvers between Earth and the sun, throwing a band of shadow, the umbra, onto Earth's surface. For the lucky folks in the direct path of the eclipse -- the path of totality -- it's sure to be an awe-inspiring and otherworldly event. The sun will appear as a black disk and it'll be dark enough to see the stars. more
Chaco Canyon in the northwest portion of New Mexico holds the remains of an ancient civilization that flourished between about A.D. 850 and 1250. Many Hopi, Zuni and Pueblo people trace their ancestry back to Chaco and consider it to be a sacred place. Today, it is a national historic park and the ruins of the massive stone buildings are protected for the future. more
On a sunny July morning in Santa Fe, as I stuffed dehydrated foods into my pack, I heard my dad ask from across my parents' kitchen: "How many weeks you … more
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