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Wheeler Peak summit shots from our readers

Hiking to the top of Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,167') is epic. It's New Mexico's highest peak and overlooks the vast Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. The hike usually encompasses the full Wheeler Peak … more

Get ready for a meteor shower as Perseid puts on a show

I always enjoy writing about the annual Perseid (PURR-see-ID) meteor shower. It’s one of the most reliable and relatively prolific meteor showers of them all. more

Wheeler Peak wilderness yields exciting discovery

In the rocky crags above Williams Lake, three intrepid birder-scientists confirmed the presence of a bird species not observed breeding in New Mexico for nearly 30 years.Luke … more

Summer hiking in Taos: Wheeler Peak Loop

With the return of the rain, the forests are vibrantly green and full of life. The Carson National Forest reopened July 10 and hikers are out in the backcountry again. The monsoon rains … more

Orange-hued hummingbirds return

Rufous hummingbirds are back! These orange-colored, bossy hummingbirds migrate north through California in the spring to their nesting grounds in the Pacific Northwest up to … more

Getting to know the Zodiac

Curious about astrology and the zodiac? Check out this series about the 12 signs, with a Taos flare. more

Questa hosts fishing tourney Saturday

Get your fishing poles and get up to Questa for the Second Annual Questa Fishing Derby. The event will take place Saturday (July 21) from 8 a.m. to noon at Eagle Rock Lake in Questa, just 1.5 … more

Carson National Forest removes Devisadero Peak stone chairs

Longtime fans of the Devisadero Peak trail in the Carson National Forest noticed something missing in mid-May: several chairs built of stone. The iconic chairs, which had been there for … more

South Boundary Trail signs keep fat tires on the right track

It sounds like so little, but the recent work by a sign crew will relieve Río Fernando Fire Chief Russ Driskell's need to rescue so many lost bicyclists. more

Carson NF closed: Where can you go?

“Noooooooooo!” That collective cry of dismay could be heard across Taos County as Carson National Forest announced it was closing to public access Wednesday (June 27), leaving only the … more
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