Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Arroyo Hondo Open Space

Marching west
Arroyo Hondo County Open Space
Singletrack and hardpack
7,050-7,100 ft. elevation
5 miles of trails


I'm not getting in the running I'd hoped for with this beautiful late fall weather we've had, but I have had plenty of time to wander around on the trails nonetheless.  We drove out to the Arroyo Hondo Open Space on Saturday.  The last time we'd brought our dog Lucy out there the valley floor was flooded with snow melt.  This trail is a favorite of mine because there's zero traffic, unusual head-high willows and reeds to run through, and the buried ruins of an old Pueblo site. 

Luce ran around scouting all the suspect rocks and tree branches.  I pointed out all the visible landmarks and cool views as well as rocks and other obstacles that have laid me low in previous visits.
Down at the arroyo floor there is a permanent spring where we scared up a large amount of birds.  They made all types of sounds and noise as they moved through the willows. We thought for a minute there were a couple larger animals in there but it was just one large group of birds moving at once.

We made it back to the car before it got too dark.  Daylight savings gone until the Spring.  Lucy had a riot of a time.

Arroyo Hondo Pueblo site in the distance
Cat-tail and the reed forest
Luce and tree in silhouette

Related Posts:
  - Rail Trail Trestle Loop
  - La Tierra Trails
  - Museum Hill and Dale Ball Trail

View Arroyo Hondo Open Space, Trail Map - Santa Fe in a larger map


  1. I love that photo of Lucy and the tree! I can practically see Lucy shedding!

    Love, C

  2. So glad to know of your blog, Kevin. The pictures are beautiful, and I'm glad you reminded me of that trail. It's a good one.

  3. Ol' Luce likes to shed even on cool trails with cool sunsets.

    And I'm glad you liked the photos Dana. I like to imagine I'm running through centuries old corn fields on portions of this trail. It's a real throwback.




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