Wild horses in Tonque Arroyo - San Felipe Pueblo
Last week I took a visitor from Indiana to see the wild horses that range near my home. We sometimes see these beautiful wild creatures grazing near the San Pedro Creek on the Campbell Ranch alongside the Turquoise Trail (NM 14 North) .
|Views of San Pedro Creek area east of NM 14 North|
I take the Puertecito Road (a dirt road that is drivable by a 2WD vehicle, but impassable in bad weather even for many 4WD's) through the Diamond Tail Ranch, ending at the San Felipe Pueblo at I-25 (Exit 252), about 16 miles north of Placitas.
You will drive over high desert mesas here with fantastic panoramic views as far as the eye can see. The Sandia Mountains are to the south, the Ortiz Mountains are to the north, the San Pedro Mountains are to the east, and the Jemez Mountains are to the west.
|Striking views of "hogback" outcroppings of basal lava flow appear along the road|
|Hagan Rd. is well maintained and very scenic. The land on both sides is private so do not go "off road" here.|
|Looking west toward the Jemez Mountains, we could see the smoke from the massive Las Conchas Fire|
Although you may see wild horses anywhere along this road, they favor the tree-lined arroyos and large washes along the road. Look closely below to see a brown mare with her foal walking along the wash below.
|Mare and foal bring up the rear of this band led by a white stallion|
They may also be seen in the rolling hills to the south toward Placitas. Although we didn't encounter any wild horses on this July day, here are more pictures I have taken of wild horse encounters in previous years in the Arroyo Tonque:
|Gray Stallion and one of its mares|