We started in Tierra Amarilla and ended up in Tres Piedras. Brazos Summit is part of the San Juan Mountain Range, also called the Tusas Range, and this heavily forested area of northern New Mexico is so beautiful! I love how diverse the scenery is in New Mexico - you have desert and then rocky red mesas and then forest-covered mountains. This mountain range is actually a southern part of the Rocky Mountains.
It was a pretty quiet drive; we just took in the cool, green scenery and the kiddos napped on and off, as it was afternoon quiet time. When we got to the top of the summit, the view was just beautiful. I thought the summit looked like a miniature Half Dome - like a hidden gem in the vast and varied geography of New Mexico. And the temperature was so cool, in the 60's at least. We were over 10,000 feet and the summit itself it 10,507 feet. The road we were driving on, US-64, is actually the second highest road in New Mexico.
After reaching Tres Piedras, we headed back south to Santa Fe and then home. We stopped at a small, quaint restaurant in Ojo Caliente for a snack and a break to stretch our legs.
While we were there, an elderly man in a cowboy hat and cowboy boots walked in the restaurant, to which Little Man asked him: "Are you a real cowboy?" "Why, yes, I am." "Do you have a horse?" The man chuckled, and say "Well, yes, I do." It was a great moment in three year old life to meet a real cowboy! We all, including the gentleman, got quite the chuckle out of this encounter.
It was a really great day of exploring more of the Land of Enchantment!