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In Search of Bigfoot

Above: Jesus Payan Jr. seeks the notoriously shy beast in a forest near Cloudcroft. FOR YEARS, JESUS PAYAN JR. SPENT LONG NIGHTS in the Tularosa Basin, peering into the darkest corners of the desert…

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Three Hikes for Fall Color

Above: The Brazos Cliffs are made of some of the oldest rock found in New Mexico. Photograph by Jim O’Donnell. Jawbone Mountain A moderate 6-mile out-and-back hike along Placer Creek leaves from a…

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Fall Color Unfolds in the Gila

On a cool October morning in southwestern New Mexico, mist from Snow Lake drifts into the golden grasses along the trail. Brushstrokes of rose and blue dance across the water, reflecting the predawn…

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Bosque Binge

Above: Dotted with color, Jemez Springs makes for a great fall road trip. Photograph by Minesh Bacrania. Coronado Historic Site In the heart of Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque, this site holds…

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Find Nature in the City

RANGERS AND VOLUNTEERS at the Río Grande Nature Center State Park have decades of knowledge about the bosque’s plant life, birds, mammals, and trails. “We have two instructional coordinators at this…

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More Than Gold

LEAF PEEPERS DON'T HAVE TO hit the high country or even leave the city to spot fall colors. Joran Viers says park hoppers can find bright red ornamental pears and peach-to-burgundy Chinese pistaches…

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Cottonwood Heaven

AS IT TUMBLES ACROSS the Colorado state line into New Mexico, the Río Grande nourishes a forested garden running the length of the state. Seen from above, as thousands of migrating birds do every…

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