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Big Arsenic Trail, Wild Rivers, NM. 05-15-2024

Greetings from San Cristobal, NM, and beyond. This week a trip down the Big Arsenic Trail in the Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We visited springs, petroglyphs, and the river. I discovered a newfound energy I hadn’t had for several years. Later, a glimpse at a new magazine, “Enchanted Outpost” featuring a ten-page spread of my images with a Q&A of my work as a photographer. I am very grateful and honored to be featured in this premier issue which is getting a lot of attention for its fresh approach and wider marketing area. Many thanks to the publishers and owners, Scott and Heather Leuthold.

Before even beginning the hike down Big Arsenic Trail we paused to take in the impressive views from the rim. My hiking buddy can be seen enjoying the expansive views of the gorge from where he’s standing. I’m considering these hikes as scouting trips for future photography tours/treks. Here’s a map of the area should you want to go alone. One thing I can guarantee is that this is the trail that keeps on giving. The trail opens up views of more outstanding beauty around every turn. You won’t be disappointed. Join me on a photo trek into the gorge.

Big Arsenic trail head
Big Arsenic Trailhead, NM.

The trail switchbacks 600ft down the canyon walls to the Rio Grande below. Naturally, that’s 600 feet climb back up. At 4.5 miles, it’s a pleasant day outing.

Wild rivers trail
Rio Grande, NM

The springs are a beautiful and tranquil grotto and respite on the trail above the river.

Big Arsenic trail springs
Big Arsenic Spring.

Wild water cress
Wild watercress at the springs, at least it was the last time I ate it.

Petroglyphs, Bighorn sheep, and Deer greeted us at one point on the trail. It’s a large rock perfectly situated where the ancient ones would easily see it.

Petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, and deer
Petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, and deer.

We think the upper left petroglyph is a crustacean, possibly a crawdad. Check out the amazing elk on the upper right.

Petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, crawdads and elk
Petroglyphs, deer, crawdad, and a beautiful elk.

Our lunch spot on the shiny, water-polished rocks alongside the river. Soon the water will be higher on the banks. We’ll be eating lunch somewhere else.

Rio Grande NM
Rio Grande, NM

Not taken on this trip, the trail continues downstream for about two miles following the river meandering through ponderosa pines, oak, and red willows. to the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Red River.

The Rio Grande, NM
The Rio Grande, NM.

If you’re fortunate to be here you can pick up a copy of Enchanted Outpost Magazine. You’ll find it in businesses and outlets throughout northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. It’s an outstanding publication. I think you’ll enjoy reading the in-depth articles and stories. Pick up a couple of copies and give one to a friend.

Below are a few spreads from the magazine. If you want to read more pick up or order a copy, click here to read the digital version online.

Enchanted Outpost Magazine cover
Enchanted Outpost Magazine Cover.
Enchanted Outpost Magazine
Enchanted Outpost Magazine.
Enchanted Outpost Magazine
Enchanted Outpost Magazine.
Enchanted Outpost Magazine spread
Enchanted Outpost Magazine.

As always, thank you for looking, comments, and compliments. Have a great week. G

1 thoughts on “Big Arsenic Trail, Wild Rivers, NM. 05-15-2024”

  1. Congrats – great photography and a well deserved spread. I’ll have to see if I can find a color of the magazine. Honestly, I had no idea it was there. And promise not to tell ~

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