Autumn Color in the Jemez Mountains-Part II

In my most recent post on this blog Bosque Bill and I had just finished our lovely picnic lunch at Fenton Lake, and we were planning to return to Corrales and Albuquerque’s North Valley. We returned along a different route along the Rio Cebolla via Forest Road 376.

There were brilliant golden swaths of Quaking Aspen all along the way.

Golden Quaking Aspen, Jemez Mountains, Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico.

Golden Quaking Aspen.

Golden Quaking Aspen, Jemez Mountains

Another colony of Quaking Aspen.

Quaking Aspen cascade down a hillside.

Quaking Aspen cascade down a hillside.

We saw one area where the aspen were so beautiful that we decided to walk into the trees for a number of photos. Here are a few of them:

Aspen grove, Jemez Mountains.

Aspen grove

Aspen grove, Jemez Mountains.

Aspen grove, anther view.

Aspen grove, Jemez Mountains

Another aspen grove.

Aspen grove, Jemez Mountains.

Looking up through the aspen canopy.

As we drove down the forest road along the Rio Cebolla we left the aspen behind. The river which merged with the Rio de las Vacas to become the Guadalupe River, descended into Guadalupe Canyon, and the vegetation became primarily Gambel Oak.

Gambel Oak, Rio Cebolla, Jemez Mountains

Gambel Oak

Gambel Oak, Rio Cebolla, Jemez Mountains.

Gambel Oak, Rio Cebolla.

Gambel Oak, Rio Cebolla, Jemez Mountains.

Another view of the Rio Cebolla from the road.

We descended farther down the logging road that wound through the Guadalupe Canyon along the river. Although he walls of the canyon became steeper there was still fall foliage along the road.

Rock canyon, Rio Cebolla.

Rock canyon, Rio Cebolla.

A glimpse of the Rio Cebolla at the bottom of the canyon.

A glimpse of the Rio Cebolla at the bottom of the canyon.

The Gilman Tunnels are at the narrowest part of Guadalupe Canyon, near the bottom of the canyon and close to the junction of the forest road with the State Highway. These tunnels were originally blasted out of the rock in the 1920′s for a logging railroad. They are not long tunnels, but they are an attractive feature of the drive.

One of the Gilman Tunnels.

One of the Gilman Tunnels.

After we drove through the Gilman Tunnels, the landscape opened up and we could see the beautiful red rock formations of the Jemez Valley.

Spectacular red rock cliffs

Spectacular red rock cliffs.

It was a lovely day with spectacular scenery, fine weather, good food and great company. Happy birthday Bosque Bill!

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7 responses to “Autumn Color in the Jemez Mountains-Part II

  1. Cindy

    Having commented on Aspens previously..let me salut Gambel Oaks as well..of which I had never heard..a lovely color they turn! Those tunnels look wonderfully spooky! Thanks for the trip!

  2. Robert A (Tony) Sims

    New Mexico in Autumn is so inspiring.

  3. I oohed and ahhed viewing each and every one of these beautiful images. Gorgeous! The autumn colors are spectacular!

    • Thanks Julie. We certainly chose the perfect day to travel to the Jemez. The colors were gorgeous and the weather was perfect. It was a “can’t miss” kind of day. :)

  4. I think you may be right Linda, Autumn is a beautiful season almost everywhere. Gorgeous photographs, glad you picked that day!

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