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Old 08-07-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Western New Mexico ?

I know that New Mexico have suffered severe wild fires recently. Ive tried to reasearch and see how badly the exstent of the damages are but Im not really getting the info I need. We are planning a Western trip across Texas into New Mexico and staying in the Gila National Forrest, then from there up I-25 through Albuquerque, SantaFe, to Bandelier National Monument. And finally from there on into Colorado.
I would hate to drive all that way and view nothing but burnt landscape, that would be such a disappointment.

Can anyone give me any feedback on the conditions of these areas?

We are kinda leaning on our plan B which leaves out New Mexico since we are uncertain of the conditon. We have until September the 3rd to make our choice of path. Any suggestions or information will be appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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There appears to be lots of info on this site:

Gila National Forest- Home

It looks like there might still be some areas closed to visitors, but the notification is dated last month. Since they have received some rain in the past couple of weeks (I think), that may have changed.

There is lots more to see in New Mexico. Don't forget Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the areas around Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, which are in the mountains east of the Silver City area. Also, White Sands/Alamagordo/Valley of Fires area is beautiful, but may be very hot at this time of year.

While I wouldn't avoid New Mexico, the Colorado Rockies got a lot of snow last winter; and it's really green and cool there.

Others that have recently visited (or live in) New Mexico can probably provide more details.
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The area near Bandelier National Monument as well as some of the Bandelier backcountry was damaged by the very large fire. The main monument itself was, however, saved from destruction, as was nearly all of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.


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Old 08-07-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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Oh, also don't forget the Catwalk National Recreation Area (The Catwalk:Southern New Mexico Travel and Tourism Information) and the Very Large Array (NRAO Very Large Array) in southern New Mexico.
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Hi from GA. . . We found the VLA very interesting & then visited Bosque del Apache NWR just below Socorro (great birds & critters). And if you're that close, have a green chile cheesburger at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, NM.(2nd best in the state). Regards, Craig
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If you skip anything, skip the parts before New Mexico and after. New Mexico is by far my favorite place to go. To miss it would be a sin.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:24 AM   #7
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If you skip anything, skip the parts before New Mexico and after. New Mexico is by far my favorite place to go. To miss it would be a sin.
Yah, I agree.
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We were in NM about 10 days ago. It is still there and we saw no fire, smoke or burned trees.

The 2 major fires in the north central part of the state—one near Los Alamos (the biggest by far) and the other near the Santa Fe ski area both appeared to be out. Both were for the most part in remote areas.

We drove on US 285 from Colorado to Santa Fe, US 84 from near Espanola to Colorado and I-25 from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. It rained most days we were in NM and that helps a bit with the dry conditions.

I believe there were some fires in the SW part of the state, but we weren't there.

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Hello. I live and camp all over NM and we just got back from Heron Lake. It is open, the first two campgrounds have water and electric hookups. At Blanco, you can reserve in advance if you want to be sure to have a spot, but there were many open to first come first served.

If you are going into Colorado through Chama, it is really convenient.

It is my understanding that some of the campgrounds have reopened after the fires. Jemez Falls is very nice and reopened. It is not too far from Bandaleir.

NM is starting to get rain, not very much, but a shower in the afternoon is very refreshing after the heat of the day.

Let me know if you have any questions about a particular area of the state of NM and I will try to give you an answer.

Happy travels.
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If you skip anything, skip the parts before New Mexico and after. New Mexico is by far my favorite place to go. To miss it would be a sin.
agreed! New Mexico is awesome. many, many things to appreciate. amazing cable car ride in abq, walk the taos gorge bridge and look down.... bandeleir is not to be missed, stop by giggling springs and chill, have a laid back day in madrid, go to the pueblo breakfast and lunch at loyola's (abq rt66)
goes on and on

it is to be our next home as soon as we can make it happen.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:19 PM   #11
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The northern part of NM has not had the fires. Or at least north of Espanola. I've been going to Heron all through the Conchas and Pacheco fires and had a little bit of smoke but still enjoyed myself. Two weeks ago I went to Redriver to the Elephant Rock Campground and it was great! NM is still the Land of Enchantment!!!
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One neat spot in W.NM is El Morro Nat. Monument south of Grants. Inscription Rock has carved names and stories from Indian petroglyphs, to the early Spanish settlers in the 1500's, to travelers in the 1800's. Nice little camp ground or there is a small RV park next to it.
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Hi from GA. . . We found the VLA very interesting & then visited Bosque del Apache NWR just below Socorro (great birds & critters). And if you're that close, have a green chile cheesburger at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, NM.(2nd best in the state). Regards, Craig

Yes, they are good, but the VERY best green chili cheeseburger is at The Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe. It is on the Old Trail just outside of Santa Fe proper and is only open from 11am-7:50pm, yes that's right. And if you try and get there during normal eating hours, expect a LONG wait. A few years ago this hamburger was rated the #1 burger in the entire USA. I have to admit, it's one of THE best burgers I have eaten.

Travel from Soccoro,NM to Globe,AZ is an interesting and pretty drive.

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A good green chili cheeseburger in Santa Fe? Maybe so. Ultimately, though, there are a bunch of places that have been nominated in the contest:

Nominated locations, Green Chili Cheeseburgers in New Mexico


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