Frigid Morning at Otero Mesa – Butterfield Overland Stagecoach Route

We broke camp early under darkness and snow flurries in order to get a head start on our 100-mile day. As the roads were rough and nearly lost for miles, we'd likely be driving well past dusk. When the muted dawn light finally exposed our surroundings, the wind and snow paused, giving way to an eerie silence—we had found the trail once again. The two track and fence line follows the Butterfield Trail for miles across Crow Flats and the Cornudas Mountains in pursuit of the Rio Grande. This desolate stretch provided some of the most deadly mileage of the historic St. Louis to San Francisco overland stagecoach route.  
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