Tag Archives: New Mexico

Otero Canyon Trail: A Trail of Softness in the Cibola National Forest

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Another scenic trail in the labyrinth of Cibola National Forest trails is the Otero Canyon Trail. Traveling a few short miles east of Albuquerque, New Mexico on Interstate I-40, swinging around the Sandia Mountain, I … Continue reading

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Feeling Lucky: Hiking the Tunnel Canyon Trail in the Cibola National Forest in NM

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am lucky! Different people have different ways in which they feel lucky. I am lucky in many ways, my beautiful grandchildren come immediately to mind, but today I feel lucky in a different way. … Continue reading

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The Gran Quivira: A Spanish Mission and Pueblo in New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames It was a dry, hot, spring day in New Mexico, thankfully without the wind, as I pulled into the parking lot of the Gran Quivira, the largest of the three Salinas Missions (see earlier posts). … Continue reading

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The Impermanence of Quarai: A Story of a Salinas Mission and Pueblo

by Dr. Denise R. Ames The Quarai mission ruins sat stoically under a brilliant, New Mexico-blue sky in early spring. Unlike the Abo ruins, about 10 miles away, Quarai had a softer feel. Perhaps it was because of the just-budding … Continue reading

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Abó Pueblo Mission National Monument: A Testament to the Past

by Dr. Denise R. Ames My first stop on a visit to the three Salinas Pueblo Mission ruins was the San Gregorio de Abó Mission. Located just west of the town of Mountainair, New Mexico, it straddles 370 acres of land. … Continue reading

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Salinas Valley Pueblos in New Mexico: A Testament to the Past

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Spring was just around the corner when I embarked on a stimulating venture. About 25 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, my hometown, were located ruins of three separate Indian pueblos and also the remains … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters Volcanoes: Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sacred Landscape

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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Watching Over Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Three Sisters Volcanoes

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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A Pre-Spring Hike in the Whitfield Conversation Area: Belen, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Spring is just about to burst open in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. But not quite yet. Tree buds are poking through and ready to express their full potential. It was in this March … Continue reading

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The Petroglyphs: Rock Art of the Past, Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I decided to hike the last trail, the Boca Negra Canyon, on a separate day, since it required a steep climb up a lava-strewn hill. It was more daunting that the Rinconada Canyon or Pedras … Continue reading

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