The Cumbres & Toltec train steams through the blazing fall colors of scrub oak and aspen, north of Chama.
Woolly mullein still blooming in Fourth of July Canyon (Manzano Mountains). Rocky Mountain maple leaves give the background its red/orange hue.
If you go up Highway 84 from Chama (NM) to Pagosa Springs (CO), you’ll go past land features that are classically New Mexican — such as this rock formation. Barely five minutes later, you’ll cross the state line into Colorado and find yourself surrounded by rocky mountain peaks — classic Colorado scenery. I was up there this past week and the scrub oak was just blazing, especially on the New Mexico side of the border. I’ve seldom seen it this colorful.
It was a remarkably wet and fertile late summer — especially considering how dry it was at the start. Here globemallow and a field of yellow wildflowers frame Mt. Taylor on the first day of fall.
The Rio Grande reflects the fall colors of cottonwoods in the bosque.