The New Mexico landscape has always been a favorite of mine. I never tire seeing the red rock cliffs, juniper and pinon pines as well as the colorful hills and mountains. A couple of road trips we have enjoyed just so we could take in all the blue sky landscapes have been to Taos and Jemez Springs.
Our drive on Hwy 4 towards Jemez Springs also included a diverted trip to Hwy 485. That particular road follows an old narrow-gauge railroad bed through a box canyon.
|A park volunteer at Valles Caldera told us about the Gilman Tunnels on Hwy 485.|
|The road travels uphill through a narrow box canyon. Below, you can see the fast stream with waterfalls.|
|Glad to see those guard rails, there were steep drop-offs.|
|Ronnie enjoyed driving through the double tunnels.|
|This was a fun drive, we didn't expect it to be so scenic!|
We also enjoyed the drive to Taos by Hwy 86. This scenic road travels through the Rio Grande Gorge. This must be a good area to grow grapes as we discovered 3 wineries on this road. We pulled into the Black Mesa Winery.
|We enjoyed an excellent wine tasting here. |
We selected their Pinot Grigio to take home.
|We noticed they also use rose bushes to indicate the health of the soil..just like the MountainRose Vineyard in southwest Virginia.|
|Picnic pull-off on Hwy 86, traveling through the Rio Grande Gorge.|
|Their are also a few rafting companies located in the gorge to take people down this rolling river.|
|As we came out of the gorge, we found ourselves in a flat valley with the Rio Grande River flowing through a deep crevice in the earth.|
One place I always want to see when in Taos is the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church. Georgia O'Keeffe painted this church several times between 1929-1931. One of the paintings, titled Ranchos Church, can be viewed in the Amon Carter Muesum of American Art in Forth Worth, Texas.
|We happen to be there while workers were adding the adobe clay and straw mixture to the facade.|
|Today's drive through the town square was short. We plan to visit again to take in more of Taos' history and sights.|
|We loved this sunset!|
Little Boy's entertainment has been our hummingbird feeder. He spends his days on the motorhome's dash, hidden by the sun screen. He watches the bird's every move.