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Day 190 – Jemez Mountain Trail – Part 2

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Day 190 of Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

After another night in New Mexico’s forest, I was bound and determined to get to Jemez Falls.  The only way I knew how was to walk through the closed campgrounds or go to the East Fork Trailhead.  I thought the walk through the campground would be shorter for Petey, so I chose that route which ended up being at least 1.5 miles on a paved road before we got to the short trail. 

Jemez Falls

Coming from the East Fork Trailhead probably would have been only slightly longer and much prettier.  Oh well, that’s how it goes with limited knowledge of the area.  The falls were of the peaceful type as the Jemez River gracefully splashed between jagged rocks.

Battleship Rock

After visiting the falls, we made a short stop at Battleship Rock where I chatted with three young girls working as rangers for the summer educating visitors on the nearby water shed.  One of the girls had graduated school while the others were still attending college studying environmental science, Spanish, and adventure activities.  The young lady who was attending school in Prescott, Arizona is spending next semester in the Grand Canyon and getting credit for it.  Why didn’t I think of that?

Battleship Rock, New Mexico

Petey and I are off to visit Buck and Kelly in Santa Fe for a few days before heading back north into Colorado for the next month.  ETB

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6 thoughts on “Day 190 – Jemez Mountain Trail – Part 2

  1. You should checkout some giant gouge located between Taos & Santa Fe. Greg Chastian & I visited some great bridge that goes over it. We were on a skiing trip to Taos when Greg read about it and stopped for a photo op.
    Take Care, Dave

    1. It was really nice meeting you and hearing about your travels! It seems like you’re on a really exciting adventure, and I hope you and your pooch are having fun!
      -Maura, one of the Jemez Ranger Girls

  2. We’re excited that you mentioned us in your blog 🙂

    -Anya w/ Respect the Rio USFS

    ps. David, I think that gourge your talking about is the one and only Rio Grande!

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