Snow in Northern New Mexico
Though people often think of New Mexico, USA as a totally arid state, its landscape actually ranges from wide deserts to broken mesas to high, snow-capped peaks.
Heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a significant portion of the state, especially towards the north.
This image allows us to see some of the variation in the landscape: dry, desertous terrain to the South, a mesa (bottom center), increased greenery towards the center, a river green with algae (top left) and snow-capped mountains to the North.
These are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Christ’s Blood Mountains) the southernmost part of the Rocky Mountains. They run roughly north-south along the east side of the Rio Grande (Big River) in the rugged, pastoral north.