NMBR's Best of 2011 - New Year's Day 2011 - Rio Arriba County, NM & Conejos County, CO

New Year's Day 2011 - Chama, NM Wolf Creek - Rio Arriba County NM La Manga Pass, CO New Year's Day 2011 - After sunset, we stopped at San Isadore Church located in the tiny hamlet of Las Mesitas, Colorado. The church was gutted by a fire in the 1970’s and has remained unchanged since. The Conejos River, surrounding snow capped mountains and golden grass of the San Luis Valley provides a spectacular backdrop for the church remains. - Las Mesitas, CO Full Service - The blanket of snow and dead silence provided a tranquil scene among the broken rafters and cracked walls.  The roof must have caved in before the owner was ready to call it quits.  Car parts and hardware still sat on the workbenches frozen in time, abandoned before service tickets could be scribed.  While the place had been ransacked by animals and hooligans, tools still hung from the peg boards.  As I crept between the engine blocks and ruins, I couldn’t help but imagine what the place felt like when it was alive. - New Year's Day - Tierra Amarilla, NM Highway 285 to Tres Piedras - Taos County, NM