A winter drive through New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains

Much of the snow that falls in the winter is confined to the northern mountains near Santa Fe and Taos. Occasionally more widespread snow occurs blanketing the Jemez Mountains to the west and the Sandias that form the back drop to the city of Albuquerque. Its ideal in many ways because you can enjoy winter sports at the ski resorts without having to deal with snow at home.

NM 4 takes you through the Jemez Mountains. In the lower levels there are streams, and magnificent areas of red rock at Walatowa. At the higher levels you can find snow capped mountains and the Valles Caldera.

‘The Valles Caldera is one of the world’s best examples of a resurgent caldera—a circular volcano with an uplifted center floor. The beautiful streams, high mountain peaks, lush grasslands, old-growth timber, rich cultural and tribal heritage, and abundant wildlife make these 90,000 acres a wonderland of adventure with great scientific value”

After a recent snowfall I made this journey and climbed up into the mountains to enjoy the winter views. I used my Canon 17-55 mm lens to capture the many wonderful views.

Battleship rock.is a sheer cliff that rises above the Jemez River like the prow of a ship. The cliff is peppered with obsidian created from volcanic eruptions five million years ago.
Valles Caldera
Impact of the Las Conchas fire that burned 150,000 acres in 2011
Mountain Stream
View from NM4 just north of hwy 550

On the way back I had the opportunity to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and home made green chile stew at a small cafe in Jemez Springs (calorie free of course). It was another reminder of why I love living in New Mexico.

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