You have to be going there on purpose, to this tiny town on the banks of the Pecos River south of Santa Rosa. It’s so unknown that Google maps will either direct you to Luna, New Mexico, which isn’t it, or will send you to what looks like more-or-less a random location. The only way I even knew about it was from reading one of those cheerful “Welcome to Santa Rosa” booklets once at a restaurant. (If you want to go, just take South 3rd Street from downtown Santa Rosa. It’ll change names to State Highway 91, County Road 2P, and County Road 3C by the time you get there.
This is the view from a little cemetery on a hill east of town.
Puerta de Luna, New Mexico
My trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, last spring was just early enough to be before the trees were committed to the idea of warm weather, so they hadn’t leaf out quite yet. But that was fine with me, because this scene wouldn’t have been as interesting if it had had leaves instead of bare branches.
Santa Fe, New Mexico