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.
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.
An aerial photo of the area looks like an agate.
On the way back we had a great view of Tonuco Mountain with some fields in the Rio Grande floodplain in the foreground.
It was a great trip, and lovely to spend time with BT’s family.