AZ to MO (and back) via iPhone: New Mexico: Part 1

We arrived in New Mexico a little after 8am on June 6, 2018.  I was super tired because I had worked 36 hours the previous three days and we left Arizona really early Tuesday morning.  I hadn’t really taken any photos until we reached New Mexico at a tiny rest stop:  the rattlesnake sign and the photo below.


To be honest, I wasn’t really excited to drive through southern New Mexico.  However, my dad took us through a really cool scenic route and New Mexico surprised me: Lordsburg, Deming, Las Cruces (Organ Mountains, White Sands National Monument), Almogordo (Lincoln National Forest), Rosewell, Portales:

nm route

Heading towards Deming, NM, I decided to get my Let’s Go See All 50! journal out and I started jotting some notes down.


Upcoming freeway signs kept advertising  The Continental Divide.  The Continental Divide Trail is an amazing coalition which was founded in 2012 to preserve and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  Truth or Consequence was another famous city advertised along the highway,

Next, I saw signs for Rockhound State Park and City of Rocks.  New Mexico has 34 State Parks, many of these parks being opportunities for geology and lake exploration.

In 2007, when I was married at the time, we flew from Knoxville to Phoenix.  I looked down over New Mexico through the window seat and thought “Where in the world will we land if an emergency happens?”


The Organ Mountains (photos below):

The Organ Mountains are near the southern end of a long line of mountains on the east side of the Rio Grande’s rift valley. The range is nearly contiguous with the San Andres Mountains to the north and the Franklin Mountains to the south, but is very different geologically. Whereas the San Andres and Franklin Mountains are both formed from west-dipping fault blocks of mostly sedimentary strata (with limestone most prominent), the Organ Mountains are made primarily of igneous rock (intrusive granite and extrusive rhyolite). Their name reflects their similarity in appearance (particularly the granite “needles” in the highest part of the range) with pipes that would be part of a pipe organ.

The San Andres Mountains-(southern subrange of San Augustin Mountains), are separated from the Organ Mountains by San Augustin Pass, through which U.S. Highway 70 passes on its way to White Sands Missile Range, White Sands National Monumentand Alamogordo. The Franklin Mountains are separated from the Organ Mountains by a 10-mile wide low area known as Anthony Gap. Much of this intervening land is part of Fort Bliss. – from Wikipedia


White Sands was next.  This place was pretty amazing to see.  The photo below shows my GPS location.  I highly recommend researching this place.  It’s really interesting.

We reached Roswell around 3pm and nothing suspicious to report.

“Roswell is most popularly known for having its name attached to what is now called the Roswell UFO incident, though the crash site of the alleged UFO was some 75 miles from Roswell and closer to Corona. The investigation and debris recovery was handled by the local Roswell Army Air Field. Roswell is a popular town for tourists from around the country because of its many alien-themed stores.” – Wikipedia

New Mexico, Part 2 (from MO to AZ) is next!