Sunday, October 11, 2009

Red Sands OHV Area, NM

Clear Blue Sky's and a forcasted high of 74, what a great day to hit the desert. Approx. 20 miles south of Alamogordo lies a 5x15 mile track of BLM Off Highway Vehicle area, so that was my goal for the day. A little exploring around the desert basin between the Sacramento and Organ Mountains. The area begins off of Hwy 54 and goes west to the White Sands Missle Range Boundry.
A couple miles in to the North, you come to an old corral.

I took the road north and the headed due west for several miles, most of the roads are fairly wide and sandy, some areas deeper than other and some hardpacked also.

The western border is the missle and bombing range, not the place to be at the wrong time!!!

The southern boundry appears to be private property, no signs, just more fence. OHV area is mainly set up for ATVs and motorcycles, so if you go, be prepared for some desert pin striping

Came across this foot crossing several miles from anything and no decernable path on either side.....strange. Maybe in days gone by it led somewhere.

Nice view of the southern Sacramentos in the background.

After a few hours it was time for lunch and some shade. One thing that really struck me, was the silence, it has been a very long time since I have experianced silence like that. I just sat and enjoyed for an hour or so.

After lunch and several more miles of exploring, it was time to start heading out. On my way out I ran across this stark reminder of just what a harsh enviorment the desert is. It's hard to remember that sometimes as we drive around in our air conditioned vehicles without a care in the world.
Always remember to go out prepared with extra food, water, and equipment to spend the night if you have too. However I did make it out safe and sound!!! The desert is a great place, the beauty is all around, many people say there is nothing there and can't understand why people say it is beautiful, I say you just have to look at it and let it embrase you. Beauty is everywhere and in everything, you just have to change your perspective.
Ok, another adventure down and countless more to go, so see ya next time.................

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