The destruction left behind by flashfloods and swollen arroyos made for treacherous backroad conditions across Southern New Mexico. Dirt roads that once rivaled the smooth surface of pavement have all but disappeared into the landscape. Of course, I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t love the lingering monsoon season.
Although it seemed like a beautiful day for a Sunday drive, little did we know what lay ahead…
Upcoming New Mexico Backroads Features:
-New Mexico Gila Exploration
-Valles Caldera NM
-Cumbres Pass CO
-Mosquito Pass CO
-Leadville & Salida CO
-Crested Butte & Gunnison CO
-Great Sand Dunes National Park CO
-Fall in Southern New Mexico
Glade Run Recreation Area: A great spot for the weekend warrior, the Glade Run Recreation Area is comprised of 19,000 acres of sandy arroyos, slick rock and rolling terrain. The recreation area is split into two off-highway vehicle use zones. The northern three-quarters of the Glade are managed for limited trail use an...d 3,800 acres on the south end are managed as an open OHV area. Approximately 42 miles of marked trails for motorized trail bike and mountain bike riders are located in the limited OHV portion of the Glade. Challenging slick rock and wide sandy washes provide fun for off road enthusiasts in the open OHV section.
Activities- Biking, hiking, horseback, OHV.
Facilities- None. Restrooms and drinking water are not available.
Location / Access- The recreation area lies between NM State Highways 170, 574, and 516 with multiple entry points on dirt roads.
Have a positive influence on the area and those around you and Tread Lightly!
I’m back from Crusin' the Corners II (FJ Cruiser trail-run in Farmington, NM)…Awesome trails, great people & a few thrills to boot. A special thanks goes to Phil, Montana, George & Mark for leading a great event.
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Most would not imagine the headwaters of Rio Grande River trickle through the debris of a collapsed mineshaft high in the San Juan Mountains. What lay behind the splintered beams and boulders presents a bit of mystery. I couldn’t help but wonder if the water seeped from riches, past the remains of lost miners and into the world on a somber note.
The headwaters remain humble only for a few miles as they descend from 12,000 feet and turn into a roaring rapid as wide as a four lane highway. Nearly 2,000 miles from this rocky slope, the Rio Grande dumps its muddied waters into the Gulf of Mexico after providing water to millions.