Jemez Rides June 2016

Day 1  Deer Creek to Mesa Venado

This set of photos is from a week long trip I took. My base camp was near Deer Creek Landing and I rode out from there each day.
I've tried to show the diversity of the scenery rather than a log of the particular route, though the photos are generally in sequence.
Looking up at the south end of Holiday Mesa, the great scenery begins.

Heading up 376 through the tunnels. This was originally the route of the railroad.

A 270 degree view of the box

The trail climbs along the base of the cliffs of Mesa Venado.

I'll be on top of these cliffs later in the ride.

Heading up the canyon between Mesa Venado and Joaquin Mesa

Up on top of the Mesa Venado

Heading south on the Mesa

Panorama view from the east side of Mesa Venado looking  north at Stable Mesa across to the south end of Holiday Mesa and down 376 with Virgin Mesa on the right The roads you see are 376 and 652.  The peak in the center on the horizon is Redondo.  (Scroll to the right.)

At the south end of the mesa, you can look over the edge of the cliff and see the trail below where I started.

Looking west up Deer Creek  Sierra Naciemento is the horizon. I will get up there several times in the next few days.

Looking east from the south end of Mesa Venado across Peggy Mesa to Mesa Guadalupita and beyond.

Droppping  off of Mesa Venado into Joaquin Canyon

Link to Day 2