The Quebradas, near Socorro, south of Albuquerque

This is one of five Back Country Byways in New Mexico. You can access it from the north or from the south. Access points are from the San Antonio Exit of I-25 (south) or the Escondida exit (north). The popular restaurants of Buck’s Tavern and the Owl Cafe are by the San Antonio exit, and a little-known fishing pond is at Escondida. It took us one hour to travel the road. We went on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and saw just a few other people. It is pretty this time of year because the cactus and ocotillos are in bloom.

The inviting dirt road
Cars are fine here, but trucks even better
Crossing one of many arroyos disappearing into red cliffs
A side road took us to a grove of junipers and red sand dunes
Ocotillo and vista
Yucca blooms, New Mexico’s state flower
Beautiful prickly pear cactus blooms
The road winds on
Scott's Oriole
Scott’s Oriole
The road ending at the Rio Grande
Escondida Lake

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