Taking advantage of a foot of powder, we snowshoed under a clear, blue sky in the small town of Chama, New Mexico. Our snowshoeing location of choice was Edward Sargent Wildlife Area, only a 5-minute drive north of Chama. We … Continue reading →
In the midst of a mid-winter road trip this year, I passed through the northern borders of New Mexico. It had been a few years since I had spent any time in the state, but my one and only visit … Continue reading →
The concept of ecotourism is not new, but lately we’re hearing a lot more about this kind of travel. Take a look at any travel magazine and you’re likely to read something about it. But what exactly does it mean? … Continue reading →
This winter, a few hundred people will compete in snowshoe races throughout New Mexico. Many more will take a recreational approach to the sport, hiking snow-packed trails or creating new backcountry routes. Both competitive and casual snowshoeing are on the … Continue reading →
(Don't forget to bring your sunglasses and suntan lotion.)
Snow falls over all of New Mexico during a typical winter and gives way to a world that is white and quiet in the mountains. Surrounded by cobalt skies and plenty of sunshine, snowfields of gentle, rolling terrain and with elevations of 6,000 to 8,500 feet, offer ideal places for snowshoers. The Jemez (pronounced Hay-mez) Mountains, not far from Albuquerque, have many snowshoe trails that crisscross the mountain side. Old logging roads provide the routes for many of the trails that are easy for visitors to find.
My wife and I have been to Red River several times for both summer and winter vacations. It has long been a favorite spot for Texans to escape the dreadful summer heat that is inevitable. Affordability and close proximity have always been major draws-not just to Texans. From our home in Denton (40 miles north of Dallas) we can be in Red River in less than twelve hours. Due to its small size and location slightly off the beaten path, Red River is sometimes overlooked by Texans looking for a mountain getaway.
My wife Liz and I were looking for a location for a quick, early season snowshoeing trip in early December of 2004. Having visited the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Area for two days last year, we decided to return for a slightly longer stay this time. Enchanted Forest is located at the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in north central New Mexico. It is just off Highway 38, about four miles east of Red River.