Chama River Basin, Rio Grande National Forest, NM - July 23, 2008

Chama River Basin, Rio Grande National Forest, NM - July 23, 2008

HI EVERYONE,

WE TRAVELED THRU THE SMALL QUAINT TOWN OF CHAMA, NM. THERE WERE PLENTY OF SHOPS FOR THE TOURIST AND THE GROCERY STORE, GAS STATIONS AND HARDWARE STORES FOR THE LOCALS.

JUST A FEW MILES PAST THE TOWN, WE TURNED ON A GRAVEL ROAD THAT LED US TO A REMOTE PRIMITIVE CAMPGROUND IN THE MOUNTAINS. THE SCENERY WAS BREATHTAKING AT THE BASE OF THESE TOWERING SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS.
 

HERE WE CONSTRUCTED HIGH LINES TO TIE OUR HORSES, AND IF YOU HAD HOBBLES, A GREEN MEADOW TO LET THEM GRAZE FOR A WHILE.  WATER FOR THE HORSES HAD TO BE BROUGHT UP FROM THE CHAMA RIVER FLOWING CLOSE TO CAMP. OUR DINNER AROUND THE CAMPFIRE TASTED ESPECIALLY GOOD AFTER SETTING UP CAMP AND TAKING CARE OF THE HORSES.
 
AS THE SUN BEGAN TO SET IN THE WESTERN SKY, WE LOOKED ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE RIVER IN AN OPEN MEADOW TO SEE A HERD OF ELK AND THEIR YOUNG GRAZING. AS EVENING APPROACHED, THEY DISAPPEARED INTO A GROVE OF ASPEN TREES.

WE SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE FOR AWHILE, BUT ONE BY ONE WE LEFT THE WARMTH OF THE FIRE TO GO TO BED.

WE AWOKE TO A BRIGHT CLEAR DAY WITH TEMPS IN THE 40’S WITH 60’S BY THE AFTERNOON. GREAT FOR RIDING!

THE FIRST OBSTACLE ON THE TRAIL WAS CROSSING THE SWIFT MOVING RIVER BY OUR CAMP.  WE ENTERED THE RIVER A FEW FEET ABOVE WHERE WE EXITED, AS THE WATER RUSHED UNDER OUR HORSES. WE FOLLOWED THE RIVER DOWN THE CANYON, AND CROSSED IT AGAIN AS THE TRAIL STARTED TO CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINSIDE.

THE TRAIL WAS ROCKY AND STEEP AT TIMES WITH DOWNED TREES FROM THE WINTER STORMS SCATTERED ACROSS THE PATH. WE RODE TO THE TOP OF THIS MOUNTAIN CLOSE TO THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AT ABOUT 9500 FT.

WE STOPPED FOR LUNCH IN A SMALL CLEARING AMONG TALL PONDEROSA PINES, SPRUCE, AND HEMLOCK TREES. WE RESTED FOR AWHILE AND LEFT REFRESHED AS WE HEADED BACK TO CAMP.
 
THE TRAIL TOOK US BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, AND IN THE DISTANCE YOU COULD SEE A BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL FED BY SNOW MELT AS IT TUMBLED OVER A MOUNTAIN CLIFF. OUR RIDE WAS SPRINKLED WITH A VARIETY OF WILDFLOWERS BLOOMING LATE AS WINTER WAS RELUCTANT TO RELEASE HIS GRIP THIS SPRING.

 
AS WE PREPARED TO LEAVE, WE ALL AGREED WE QUALIFIED AS “AN OLD COWHAND FROM THE RIO GRANDE”.  ON THE ROAD LEAVING THE CAMP, A YOUNG BEAR WAS SPOTTED STROLLING ACROSS A MEADOW ENJOYING THE MORNING SUN.

THIS WAS OUR LAST CAMP OF OUR WILDERNESS TRIP. IT WAS A GREAT TRIP, AND WE EACH FOUND OUT HOW STRONG WE WERE AND WHAT WE WERE CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING. WE WERE STRANGERS WHEN WE MET AND FRIENDS WHEN WE LEFT.

 

SO LONG UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN ON OUR NEXT TRAIL. 
                                                             
LARRY AND I WISH FOR YOU MANY “HAPPY AND SAFE TRAILS.”

HOME | ABOUT RMHA. | MEMBER SERVICES | JOIN THE RMHA | PHOTO GALLERY | EVENTS & PROGRAMS | BREEDERS DIRECTORY
FORMS & APPLICATIONS | CLASSIFIEDS | ADVERTISE WITH US | CONTACT US | ADVANCED SEARCH | SITE MAP

Rocky Mountain Horse Association | 71 South Main Street | Winchester, KY 40391
859-644-5244 | admin@rmhorse.com

The content contained in this website is the property of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA). All content is subject to copyright and all rights reserved. No part may be published, broadcast or redistributed in any form without the written consent of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.