May 2000: New Mexico Road Trip

I had agreed to participate in a meeting to edit a scientific planning document which was to take place from Sunday 14th to Wednesday 17th May 2000 at Cloudcroft, a hiking/ski resort in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. I decided to fly out a week earlier and drive around New Mexico, revisiting places I’d previously seen on a trip with Nicky in October 1994.

The weather was hot and very windy, and wildfires were causing conceern, including one in the area of Cloudcroft. In the event, both my road trip and the science meeting were able to go ahead.

Notes: The “guide book” mentioned in some entries is “The New Mexico Handbook” by Stephen Metzger (4th Ed. 1997, Moon Publications Inc.) which I strongly recommend. The photographs are digital “prints” from colour negatives some of which had degraded over time. All the route maps shown are based on screen captures from Google Maps.

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Day 1 (Saturday): Arrive in El Paso, Texas and an hour or two in Mexico!
Day 2 (Sunday): Drive to Silver City via the Mesilla in Las Cruces, the San Agustin Pass, and the City of Rocks.
Day 3 (Monday): NM15 to the Gila Cliff dwellings, overnight at Bear Creek cabins
USA 2000 3 Roll 1 21 Day 4 (Tuesday): Bear Creek to Magdalena via the VLA
Day 5 (Wednesday): Magdalena to Las Vegas via Abó and Pecos Pueblos
Day 6 (Thursday): Las Vegas to Carrizozo via San Miguel, Villanueva, and Gran Quivira; Carrizozo town
Day 7 (Friday): Carrizozo to Tularosa via the Valley of Fires, Three Rivers Petroglyphs, and White Sands
Day 8 (Saturday): Tularosa to Cloudcroft
Days 9 to 14: At Cloudcroft, then El Paso/Juárez at back to the UK via Dallas-Fort Worth