Scenic Drive: Abiquiu, Heron Lake and Cumbres Pass

Last week I took a scenic drive into northern New Mexico through O’Keeffe Country where famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe painted her mountain The Pedernal and other famous works, past lake Abiquiu to Tierra Altierra and Heron Lake.  Coming back from the lake which is home to salmon, ospreys and eagles, the Brazos Cliffs loom over the Brazos River as it comes down from nearby Colorado.  From there I drove north into the village of Chama and on into Colorado where I crossed the Cumbres Pass at 10,230 feet.  Route 17 curved towards the east to Altonita and I saw some gorgeous mountain scenery while negotiating a few snow covered sections going down mountain.  From Altonita, Colorado I went due south, and I do mean due south as US 285 went a good 40 miles with no turns or curves.  I saw antelope on the Taos Plateau but no elk.  A few pictures:

The Pedernal:

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The Brazos Cliffs:

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Heron Lake:

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Cumbres Pass:

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