I've been doing a lot of hiking lately. Because I need to get healthy so that when I'm 60 and my son is 20, (sigh) I won't be a crippled, bed ridden dad. Also because I got layed off recently and as much as I job search, I need to clear my head and have the time to do it.
Anywhoo, I've hiked most of the places near-by (albuquerque area) and am looking for something not too far that has some historical interest. Maybe you hike past a spot where some dude/dudes/dudettes a long time ago, did something awesome. Or they just sat their and then died and some science guy made it a national treasure. ... You know what I'm saying.
Historical or not, what hikes in the area would you reccomend? Preferrably dog friendly and not expensive.
Thanks Duke City People and people of points elsewhere.
Thanks Kenny. ( I don't remember it ever being this tough to find a job...might be going to CNM myself)
It's not easy. I've been combing job listings myself--let me know what you're interested in and I can send them your way!
Thanks Krista. :)
San Lorenzo Canyon near Socorro is an interesting hike. There are easy paths and up to difficult paths.
That looks like a beautiful hike. Thanks
I was gonna mention the Salinas Missions too, but it sounds like you're on top of that. The other place I like is El Morro, out in the Malpais. Probably the biggest graffiti site in NM (I'm only sort of joking), cool shaded water and a lovely short hike. It's about a 2 hour drive, so that might not qualify as nearby. Also, it's an NPS site, so I don't know if dogs are allowed, but I'm sure all the info is on their website.
You could also go hiking in the Malpais itself, but it's really not a good place for solo trips, as it's astonishingly easy to get lost. And the lava might be rough on a pup's paws. But it sure is beautiful.
I ended up going to Ladron Peak yesterday.
I was driving on my way to the Quarai ruins and saw it out there looking all lonely. Took me forever to find a road leading to a point where I could stop. (Not sure what was BLM and what was private land) It's about 25 miles from the exit and I ended up going around the back side of it. Nobody was there or around, which is great.
I did find a camp fire made of bones which creeped me out a bit but the views were fantastic...
These are beautiful photos, Granjero! Good luck with the job search, and enjoy the hiking in between.
Thanks BB, appreciate it.
Way back before Unser Blvd was paved and made passable by ordinary vehicles, we used to go up in there and play explore. Before that, when the Open Space area to the west didn't exist as an official keep out area, we used to play all the way out to the volcanos. Good times back then.
Guadalupe Ruins: my favorite and love to hike around there with my dog. Try it.