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Fishing for the ‘former glory’

Parts of the Red River were, for a long time, essentially dead. In this century, however, citizens, bureaucrats and business owners have teamed up with nonprofits and government agencies to coax the river back to a more natural state. more

Young, gay and spreading the national parks gospel in the U.S.

By the time Mikah Meyer's Ford van crossed the Gorge Bridge in Taos -- a span of concrete and steel standing more than 500 feet above the Río Grande -- the 31-year-old singer had already seen vast … more

The power of powder

A weekend of clear skies -- no, a whole season free of storms, clouds and snow -- finally gave way to winter Saturday night (Jan. 20). By the time folks in Northern New Mexico woke up on Sunday, the … more

Smoke jumpers build bridge across Río Santa Barbara, save taxpayers money

Hikers can now cross a wilderness river with dry feet because brain surgeon Jim Schmidt drove all the way from Portland, Oregon, and with six other … more

Getting to know Sagittarius

We’ve just entered the season of Sagittarius, the bow-hunting centaur! When people talk about astrology and say, “Oh, I’m a Sagittarius,” they are usually talking about the … more

Chaco Canyon: Reckoning with water through time

Solitary is one of the few good ways to describe Chaco in November. Two years ago, I made my first trip to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. It was autumn then, too, and just as empty then as it was during a recent visit, when the … more

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 from many towns and cities around New Mexico to spend their weekend maintaining the hiking trails that are such an integral part of life up here in Northern New Mexico. more

Spiral galaxy M 104 small but bright in May sky

Is this a UFO or a colorful, fuzzy sombrero? It's neither!This is M 104, the Sombrero Galaxy, located in the constellation Virgo The Maiden. It's a rather unusual … more

Hiking the Enchanted Circle: Cimarron Canyon State Park - Clear Creek Trail

A hike along Clear Creek in Cimarron State Park is a pleasant way to spend a warm spring day. As the temperatures rise, trails in the woods and near water become more and more inviting. This trail … more

Summer hiking: Trampas Lakes

To wake up on a sunny morning at Trampas Lakes is to start the day amid some of the most glorious natural beauty in Northern New Mexico. The two lakes sit at the base of the towering Truchas Peaks, which extend beyond 13,000 feet in elevation. more
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