I’ve relied on many resources that have enticed me, assisted me, and guided me as I’ve explored New Mexico and its features and trails.
- The “Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide” has been indispensable in finding and planning hikes throughout the Sandia Mountains. It is both a book (by Mike Coltrin” and a superb web site which, in alignment with the book, provides descriptions of the trails and … files of the waypoints and tracks that can be loaded into one’s GPS or GoogleEarth, and more hike-specific resources.
- “60 Hikes within 60 Miles” (Stephen Ausherman) has led to many interesting sites an hour or more from Albuquerque.
- Numerous web sites including:
- Albuquerque Senior Centers’ Hiking Groups: records of many expeditions to sites throughout the state.
- ondafringe: one man’s records of places visited, with great descriptions and photos of very interesting places, including a number of Pueblo ruins.
- Sangres.com: Santa Fe National Forest Trails
- Maps of New Mexico
- And many more, particularly keyed to specific places or locations I’ve been interested in – I just turn to Google and see what returns.
I must also credit my wife Pat and a handful of friends with whom I’ve done most of my hiking. With Pat: we’ve enjoyed just being outdoors, coming to know New Mexico’s weather, geology, plants, and animals. With Jay: we continue to explore the Sandia and Jemez mountains – one day we will hike all the trails in the Sandias and visit many ruins in the Jemez and elsewhere. With Vince: I’ve learned to slow down and discover what’s under our feet – finding the most interesting rock and mineral specimens. Thank you all.