Some say that the Alamo Mountain petroglyphs are the third best in New Mexico...but has anyone done a proper inventory of them? We didn't have to go to a special place....just hike towards Alamo Spring...and every large rock had them!
Although the rocks here looked volcanic, and seemed to be brittle...so that they fractured with sharp lines and angles...this feature looked very smooth and rounded by comparison.
A bit south of Alamo Spring. Some of the petroglyphs were on precarious locations.
Gail was looking down slope for this photo, and the fog/haze meant that the typical hundred-mile views were absent. But that forced us to look at things we would not otherwise appreciate.
A more typical example of the weathering pattern of these volcanic rocks.
The cactus were stubborn - trying to grow in any crack in a rock.
And another thing that surprised us while hiking the higher, mostly rocky slopes...it sure sounded like the warning 'peep' of marmots (or pica's) up and down the rocky slopes as we moved about. But we're close to Mexico, and at about 5500FT elevation.
A type of barrel cactus - small, and so many spines that you can't see the stump beneath.
One of the few views we had of the summit of Alamo Mountain.
We plan to return on a day with better weather, and may even make it an overnight camping trip.