One Fine Day, Two Hikes: Pecos Mountains & Cerrillos Desert

Pecos Stone Yurt. Legend has it the guy who built this place did it barefoot, wearing only a lion cloth, almost exclusively from materials found on site. There's no electricity, no running water and no driveway. You have to hike in.

Days don’t get better than today. I’m a bit sun stroked, but I spent all day long outside on one of the most gorgeous days I’ve ever seen in New Mexico, and that’s a high bar. This morning, I met some friends in the Pecos Mountains for a hike, then came home and met my neighbor Ashley in the Big Arroyo for an evening hike. Here’s to making the most of a beautiful day!

Inside the yurt: stone fireplace, wood stove & loft. My friends are going to put in a good word with the owner for me. He hasn't lived here in years and I'd love to spend some time here!

Trilingual Refuge Place

Pecos Shack. The same guy built this wooden shack first, then the yurt. My friend Steve said, "Yeah, he made some mistakes with this one, but hippies learn by doing."

Takes one to know one, Steve... 😉

Walking & Talking, Marsha, Steve & Bowie

Pecos Adobe after one too many rains...

Pecos Treasure: Ancient Rollerskate

Back in Cerrillos, heading South, towards the Ortiz Mountains, to meet Ashley in the Big Arroyo. The white streaks are mineral deposits in the roadbed.

Ginko & the Blonde Coyote in the Big Arroyo

Group photo with my backyard cliffs, the Cerrillos Hills & the snowy Sangre de Cristos

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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6 Responses to One Fine Day, Two Hikes: Pecos Mountains & Cerrillos Desert

  1. sandy says:

    I liked every shot in this series. The stone yurt is much larger inside than I thought it would be. It is very appealing.

    Don’t you wonder where that roller skate was used?

    All this time, I have been thinking that you were the blonde coyote!

  2. But but but how will you blog if there’s no electricity?!

    That looks like an awesome place to live, other than that pesky issue. Pesky in my book, anyhow.

  3. kzackuslheureux says:

    Very Cool. Thanks for sharing… the scenery reminds me of my homestead in Montana… big pine!

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