When we left Cripple Creek, Colorado, we had 2 objectives. First, we wanted to find a better route to Cripple Creek from our home. I really didn't care for going through Colorado Springs, and I really didn't like the road from there to Cripple Creek. So, for future trips, we wanted to find something a bit easier and less stressful for my old nerves. Second, we wanted to see some more beautiful country.
|Our 435 mile route wove in and out of the mountains.|
|The Spanish Peaks, northwest of Trinidad, CO|
|Open country along US 64 between Raton and Cimarron|
|Antelope along US 64 east of Cimarron.|
|Mule deer on side street near downtown Cimarron.|
Eventually, the road climbs away from the river, topping out with a beautiful view of Eagle Nest Lake to the west. Eagle Nest Lake State Park wraps around the lake in the valley.
|Beautiful Eagle Nest Lake. The road to Taos goes through the mountains towards the left.|
After a short break in Taos, we headed south towards Las Vegas via Highway 518. The middle section of this road -- around the Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort -- was the most scenic. The road followed the Rio Pueblo, which was also flowing nicely along the road, working its way down the canyon.
|The Rio Pueblo cascading down the canyon. I love mountain streams.|
|Another view of the Rio Pueblo.|