Above photo: An evening view across Paulina Lake from our campsite.
Top Pic: Entrance to Golden Dome cave. Some of the caves (lava tubes) have steps at the entrance, but most don't.
This place has been on our bucket list for some time & we’re glad that we finally arrived. I think I see some lava tube/cave exploring on the horizon.
What a difference 145 miles can make. This morning we left our campsite at 9,500' elevation in the fir/aspen trees & traveled to one at 5,818' surrounded by beautiful canyons & vistas.
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is a short drive from our Forest Service campground, so it only made sense to check it out. We had a fun day exploring and hiking.
Wow, a 308-mile day – that’s big milage for us! But well worth it with a view like this from our campsite overlooking Ajo Mountain. Time to chill.
We just squeezed into the campground at this National Monument as the max length is 29ft. Great hiking trails with amazing rock formations can be found here.
"Our 1st campground out of Texas on this trip. Yay! There's an excellent hiking trail from the State Park. An interesting day trip from this park is White Sands National Monument."
While camping at the Cochiti Recreation Area (army corps of engineers campground) in Peña Blanca, New Mexico, about 35 minutes from Santa Fe, we visited Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised by t...