Winter Solstice at Wild Rivers NRA

I drove up to there the Red River joins the Rio Grande at Wild Rivers National Recreation Area on the afternoon before the winter solstice. Because of some road construction, I got there as it was getting dark, and then spent a cold night before hiking down again early the next morning when I could see.

The weather report said that it would snow, so I was hoping to capture the snow falling – that didn’t happen. But it is a beautiful and austere hidden place. I’m still digesting the images, and thinking about when I might return.

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Just before nightfall looking out over La Junta.
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The Red River. The parking area is way on top of that ridge.
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Looking south just after the Red River joins the Rio Grande.
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The Red River on its way to the Rio Grande.
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Red River Canyon above La Junta.
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Sunrise on the Rio Grande above the junction with the Red River.
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Looking down on the Rio Grande.
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Climbing back out, looking towards God Hill and Wheeler Peak.

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