|Tuesday, June 01, 2010. Left Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque for a nice 160 mile drive to Questa, NM (7600'). Passed through Santa Fe, Taos and the smaller towns of Espanola and Chimayo. I forgot that Taos is a one lane town, that is, there is one lane going north through the town and one going south through the town. If you’re in a hurry you have plenty of time to look around as you drive through. I guess that applies whether or not you’re in a hurry actually. The last 6 miles into Questa are like a roller coaster or maybe even ski jumps, very steep drops and climbs.
Heading north out of Taos we drove through the Rio Grande Gorge which was a nice surprise. It’s the first time on this trip that we’ve seen a river with water actually running thought it; most rivers are just dry sand beds. There were people rafting in the Rio Grande but it didn’t look very challenging.
We are staying at the Questa Lodge Campground. We like quiet campgrounds but in this park of 19 campsites we are the ONLY campers. There is a rapid, almost raging, stream running through the woods about 50 meters away and that is the only sound we hear.
We will be in Questa for 3 days before moving further north into Colorado.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010. Temp at wakeup this morning was 41 degrees.
Very scenic drive of just 15 miles through the Red River Valley along the Red River to—guess what---the Red River Ski Area. This is a small western style town at 8750 feet with the mountain peaking at 10350 feet. At first we wondered at the quality of skiing when we saw a single ski lift down town next to a hotel claiming “ski in/ ski out”. We’re thinking, can all the skiers line up at this one lift for access to the mountain? We later found the main lodge which lent credibility to the whole idea of a ski area. When we returned to the motorhome I Googled “Red River ski area NM” and saw that it’s actually pretty extensive with most of the runs on the backside not visible from town.