New Mexico for Christmas

We visited BT’s family in Las Cruces for Christmas. After going to Santa Fe twice this year, it was nice to visit southern New Mexico– it is very different. Much less expensive and less crowded! There was still a little bit of snow on the mountains while we were there. It was really beautiful. We gorged ourselves on red and green chile, of course. On Christmas Day we went for a walk along the irrigation ditches that go into town, which provide a great network of trails for hiking and biking. We walked all the way down to the Rio Grande, which has really low flow now that irrigation is slowed down. We walked past lots of tilled fields and pecan orchards. We had a great view of the Organ Mountains, which are east of Las Cruces.

organ mountains

We also went for a hike in Broad Canyon in the Robledo Mountains, which is a few miles north of town. The drive in was a bit rocky, but worthwhile. There were lots of cool rock formations.

Broad Canyon

An aerial photo of the area looks like an agate.

broad canyon

On the way back we had a great view of Tonuco Mountain with some fields in the Rio Grande floodplain in the foreground.

Broad Canyon

It was a great trip, and lovely to spend time with BT’s family.


  1. Pam/Digging

    December 31, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Wow, look at those big, blue skies and rugged mountains. The landscape in NM is stunning, and so are your photos. Hope you have a happy new year, Sue!

  2. katina

    February 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Did you take photography classes in college? Your pictures are always so awesome.

    I’ve given you one of the Sunshine Awards that have been making the rounds, you can read about it on my blog.

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