Fall hiking at Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon is the site of a spectacular grouping of ancient stone ruins in northwestern New Mexico. The canyon is bordered by rocky sandstone...

Hiking Columbine Canyon

The great thing about Columbine is, this is a hike in which one can turn around at any time — the hike is that pleasurable from beginning to end.

The promise of nature…

Reprint of an article by Ellen Miller-Goins in the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle's 2008 Summer Enchantment in honor of the late Herb Kalen. It’s a...

Hiking ‘Dem Bones’ Trail

From the "Y" intersection of Highways 38 and 578 it is about a 3-mile-drive to the turnoff for Valley of the Pines on Highway 578 in the Upper Red River Valley.

Middle Fork #24 + Sugar Nymphs = perfect day

It was the day after my birthday (in June) and I had a plan: I wanted to introduce my niece Helena and sister Mary...

Hiking: Dogs on the trails

Watching your dog run happily through the woods can be one of life's great pleasures. However, your freedom and that of your dog has to...

Winter hiking goes down long country roads

Raton is a hiker’s paradise—not just because of the pristine high-mountain beauty of nearby Sugarite Canyon State Park, but because Climax Canyon Nature Trail offers secluded two- and three-mile mountain loops right within the western city limits, built and maintained by the City of Raton Department of Parks & Recreation.

Adventures in the snow… climbing Wheeler Peak

By Laura Dugas, for the Chronicle Everyone told us “You are crazy! You can’t hike Wheeler, there’s too much snow.” When you say that to hikers...

Who maintains 613 miles of trails in the Carson National Forest?

In June, Taoseño Tom Mavilia assisted Craig Saum and Ian Barbosa, both Carson National Forest rangers, with a group of volunteers who came to Taos...

Rio Grande Trail: Putting a 500-mile path on the ground

At the beginning of the month, two members of the Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance headed south from the Colorado-New Mexico state line. They were...