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Forces of Nature

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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Moved by Nature

Catch a glimpse of "shimmering" Aspen along the Aspen Vista Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. Photograph by Tira Howard. ASPEN LEAVES ATTACH TO BRANCHES with long stems, called petioles, that…

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In Search of Bigfoot

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 sky and…

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Home Base

Don't forget the s'mores. Photograph by Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash. LEA REYNOLDS, THE NEW MEXICO native and mom behind the Wild Stoke blog, teaches her toddler leave-no-trace principles on camping…

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