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winter sports

Winter a wonderful time to visit the Valles Caldera

barn and corrals at valles caldera in winter

When the Valles Caldera National Preserve is blanketed in a sea of gleaming snow it’s a great time to visit this spectacular outdoor recreation area in the Jemez Mountains. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing at Fenton Lake

Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains is open for ice fishing this winter. This year’s winter storms and colder temperatures have produced ice thick enough to safely support anglers and it’s open to ice fishing for the first time in several years. Continue reading »

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Trout stocked all winter long in New Mexico to keep anglers happy

Anglers can still catch plenty of tasty fish during the winter as the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish switches from stocking catfish to trout in many statewide waters. Continue reading »

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Otter Olshansky: A lonely death on New Mexico’s Continental Divide Trail

snowy forest road

Olshansky had hiked into the northern New Mexico wilderness near Chama on November 14, 2015, looking for solitude.
It swallowed him whole. Read the story Outside magazine missed. Insightful and in-depth investigative journalism by award winning reporter, Wren Propp. Continue reading »

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Red River & Eagle Rock Lake – New & Improved!

Construction of a new fishing park at Eagle Rock Lake near Questa and in-stream fish habitat improvements at the Red River fish hatchery are expected to be completed by the summer of 2015 to help promote angling and tourism in the area. “It’ll be a very, nice aquatic park in a beautiful setting that folks can really enjoy while fishing,” says Frey Sports Fish Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Habitat improvement stamp funds from fishing license sales paid for the construction costs. Continue reading »

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A Visit to Tsankawi at Bandelier Takes One Back in Time

Tsankawi entrance sign

Sitting upon the edge of a cliff at Tsankawi, legs dangling in space, basking in the midwinter sun, one can look out over the snow dusted valley below and perhaps understand why the ancient Indians choose to live here hundreds of years ago. Continue reading »

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San Juan Sees Even More Improvements for Anglers and Wildlife

san juan river hammond tract

It’s the dead of winter and Mike Lee of Arizona is catching big beautiful trout on dry flies at the Lower Flats of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and state fisheries biologist Marc Wethington couldn’t be happier for him. Continue reading »

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Winter Trout Fishing on the Rio Chama Below El Vado Dam

Toner Mitchell poses with brown trout caught in the Chama River of northern New Mexico.

In the dead of winter when most anglers are yearning for a fight with a feisty trout there are only a few places one can try in northern New Mexico.

But for those seeking the solitude of a lonely stretch of river, incredible scenery and the possibility of catching a fat fish, then the Rio Chama below El Vado Dam is where it’s at. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing is On & Eagle Nest Lake is the Place!

Mitch Roggy, 53, of Albuquerque shows off a nice, fat Rainbow trout he picked up while ice fishing at Eagle Nest Lake one past winter.

In the dead of winter when the dreaded effects of cabin fever begin to set in, people will do some incredible things to get outdoors and have some fun.

Like ice fishing, a traditional New Mexican outdoor activity that much like salmon snagging requires a hardier breed of angler and a touch of desperation. Continue reading »

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Sleigh Rides at New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve Make for Great Winter Fun!

A horse drawn sleigh in the snow at Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

The musky scent of horses and the creak of a wood sleigh as it slips across a sea of brilliant snow at the Valles Caldera National Preserve can make for an enchanting winter excursion. Continue reading »

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