Tuesday

Fall in Northern New Mexico: Banco de Julian, Olguin Mesa & Cruces Basin Wilderness

Situated against the Colorado border in the Carson National Forest, the 18,000-plus acre Cruces Basin Wilderness is located in the high altitude grasslands and aspen stands of Northern New Mexico. Notable features in the Cruces Basin Wilderness include the Brazos Ridge, Toltec Mesa and Los Pinos River. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway wind through the sections of the wilderness between Cumbres Pass and Toltec Mesa. While the area is accessible by Forest Road 87, there are no designated trails in the Cruces Basin Wilderness; hikers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the area through use of paper maps and GPS—carrying a quality compass is always advised. Wildlife in the area includes mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, elk, mule deer, turkey and grouse. Streams support populations of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout.

Friday

Fall in Northern New Mexico: Truchas, Taos & Chimayó

Fall in Northern New Mexico Ahead

Pictured: Lobato Sheep Ranch, Cruces Basin Wilderness, Cumbres Pass & Cumbres/Toltec Scenic Rail

Wednesday

Glade Run Recreation Area - Farmington, NM (Trails: Intimidator, Anasazi Refrigerator, Cobra, Gladiator, Lower Rim, Upper Rim & RJ’s)

"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 and 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 TreadLightly!" -BLM
Intimidator Trail- George pilots #110 along the edge of an precarious and off-camber section of trail.
Metal Memorial- A metal cross marks the spot where, in 2005, a Jeep carrying two men rolled over the edge of the sheer cliff, plummeting into Chokecherry Canyon below. Both men were killed as a result of the accident.
 
Yes, both rear tires are off the ground. This pic is from last year’s trail run led by Farmington local Phil Damron. The pic is worth a repeat to show that the big obstacles of Glade Run are not only reserved for rock buggies. Quick thinking by the driver and a bit of throttle brought the rear tires back to earth.