A blog about exploring the natural areas of New Mexico focusing on but not limited to Dona Ana, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln,Socorro and Catron counties.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Rough and Ready Hills- Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument
We did a little three mile loop hike in the Rough and Ready Hills on Sunday. Got most of it in before the wind started to really blow. Seamus chased a few jackrabbits. Nessie got excited over a few cows. We found a nice little picnic spot in the cliffs beneath a juniper. The contact between the rhyolite layer and the underlying basalt flow is evident here in several places. There were some nice views to the north and northeast once we reached the saddle at the top of the arroyo we were following. Not much else to report. It was just an easy going, early spring hike. I thought, even though the scenery wasn't spectacular, that places like this should be set aside, if just to preserve a few quiet places on our earth.