Adventure Guide to New Mexico (Hunter Travel Guides) by Rankin Harvey

By Rankin Harvey

This advisor is a part of a sequence targeting open air actions equivalent to climbing, cycling, mountaineering, horseback driving, downhill skiiing, parasailing, backpacking, waterskiing and scuba diving. ancient and different history info is supplied, in addition to accomplished trip information.

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Varied terrain exposes you to hypothermia, dehydration, and lightning hazards on exposed ridges. There can be snow fields in early summer. ·Start hiking early in the daymornings are generally clear. Later in the afternoon you may encounter storms of varying intensity. An early start gives you time to get to your destination and set up your camp in comfort, not while fighting the elements. ·Travel with a companion. File a hiking plan with someone who is staying behind and check in with revisions so you can be found if something goes wrong.

If you come in the spring, you need to be prepared to deal with mud in the lowlands or dust storms in the deserts. Fall is considered by many to be the perfect season. The air is cooler, but not yet cold. Desert areas are once again tolerable after the scorching summer, while mountains boast colorful foliage and fewer crowds. Because of the great ranges in elevation, fall lasts several months (from September in the high mountains, to November in the deserts). Page 14 Count on daytime temperatures of 100° or more in the deserts by July and August.

Settlers and traders poured into New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail. Braving the rigors of a harsh land and beset by hostile Indians, miners and ranchers struggled to develop and utilize the area's rich resources. Inevitably, too, they were soon caught up in a conflict with Mexico. In a one-sided affair known as The Mexican War of 1846, the United States prevailed and in 1850 Congress declared New Mexico a US territory, then including Arizona and part of Colorado. The arrival of the railroads in the 1870s brought on an economic boom, with cattle and ores being shipped to the north and east where there was a ready market for them.

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