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Monday, March 17, 2014

Maxwell NWR


Once you chug up to Santa Fe above 7000 feet on I-25, you then head east and northeast onto a high plateau. Santa Fe is a very interesting town, and the oldest capital city in the United States. It has a lot of history. So we plan on coming back and spending time around here. Curiously, we passed a Corp of Engineers lake between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, which we were not aware of, but now we are! Half-price camping! This image is of emerging peaks around Taos as we travelled north from Las Vegas.


Miles and miles of grassland. You see quite a few herds of antelope.


Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge is about 4 miles west of Maxwell NM and I-25. It entails about 3200 acres with various habitats for wildlife. Here we are next to Lake 13.


This road travels around the southern half of the lake. Winds were reaching 35 mph in gusts.


You can see dust being kicked up by the increasing winds. This view is to the west. We started our walk at this point on the road. By the time we reached our turn around point, the winds were hitting 40 mph with dust. Just a lovely walk back into the wind with dust in your mouth and nose. Various fowl were riding the white caps on the lake as we walked by on the high bank. A coot jumped up into the strong winds and was immediately slammed back down into the water bill first. It was funny.


Carla finishing her walk, no tumble weeds and dust at the moment.


A shot of the mountains to our west the next morning. Nice.


  1. Just catching up while we have a connection. Sounds like you're having fun in spite of the wind!

  2. The previously un-noted COE park between ABQ and SF - might they have been on Cochiti Lake? I thought you were a user of Ultimate Campgrounds??

    Sounds like you had a great winter!


    1. We neglected to check the database when we exited Maxwell, and ABQ was about the right place to stop. I knew there were two COE sites in NM but I though they were farther north.