( Writing this from Leasburg Dam State Park, New Mexico on Dec. 17. )
We left Clear Creek near Cuba on October 27 and moved south to Vista Linda National Forest Campground which has a 3000 foot lower elevation thus a warmer climate. In a previous post, (Present Time: Our New & Best Campsite So Far... on 10/30/2014 ), we described Vista Linda as the best camp site so far. Now at the end of December that is still true. The three campgrounds we have stayed in since are all great but the prettiest site was still at Vista Linda with the Jemez River flowing by our camper; and the Cottonwood trees and the Virgin Mesa as our landscape. Since we showed many pictures of the site before, we will share some of the surrounding attractions that we visited during our two week stay.
We were heading up Hwy. 4 to visit the National Forest Campground and to hike the trail to Jemez Falls. Battleship Rock and Soda Dam were two beautiful sites to stop at on the way.
The giant Ponderosa Pines were gorgeous in the fall forest. Jemez Falls is up at 8000 ft. elevation and would be perfect for camping in the New Mexico summer. The campground was still open for Elk hunters to use as a base camp for their hunting, but would close when snow started. Vista Linda is open all year.
The village of Jemez Springs, just north of camp, has a beautiful church and the Cor Jesu Monastery both located on Hwy. 4. I really liked the sculpture outside the church and would find myself photographing it many of the times we drove by.